MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Brodie Grundy of the Magpies celebrates a goal during the AFL Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Collingwood Magpies on September 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Media/Getty Images)

This season’s free agency and trade period has officially closed and so it’s time to look ahead to the biggest fish who could be on the market in 2020.

A number of stars will enter free agency who didn’t make our list, including, Tom Hawkins, Ben Stratton, Robbie Gray, Bachar Houli, Josh P. Kennedy, Josh J. Kennedy, Shannon Hurn and Easton Wood.

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However, due to age or just the sheer unlikelihood that they would leave their clubs, we’ve left them off our list in favour of guys who are either more getable or in their prime.

Here are the top 10 free agents of 2020:


10. Scott Pendlebury (unrestricted)

The thought of the Pies skipper ever departing the club is almost unfathomable and he will likely re-sign during the 2020 season. Pendlebury embodies the aforementioned older guys who will all most likely stay put.

However, Pendlebury is a more interesting case for one reason: Collingwood’s bulging salary cap dilemma.

It is well documented that the Pies have a number of big-name stars that are coming out of contract next year, including Brodie Grundy, Jordan de Goey and Darcy Moore.

That begs the question: is it totally farfecth’d to think that Pendles and the Pies could mutually agree to split now that he’s in the twilight of his career? Something similar to what the Hawks did with Sam Mitchell in 2016.

Yes, Pendlebury is a heart and soul player. But if he’s not willing to take a substantial pay cut, it’s going to be seriously tough for the Pies to fit everyone into their books.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 05: Scott Pendlebury of the Magpies looks dejected after defeat during the round 16 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 05, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)