With all 18 AFL teams nearing finalised lists ahead of the new year, clubs have seen a shuffle in their standing among the ladder of oldest and youngest squads
Geelong broke records with their veteran-heavy squad in 2022, having the oldest and most experienced list this year at an average of 25.6 years and 94.4 games per player.
But age was no issue for the Cats, who would clinch the premiership with a resounding 81-point victory over Sydney in the season decider.
Now turning our attention toward another season, we look at how the off-season of recruits, retirements and draft additions have impacted the order of the oldest and youngest lists in the AFL.
VIEW: 2022 AGE LADDER
Average Age: 23.82 years (17th oldest)
Average Games: 53.36 games (17th highest)
After ranking 18th last season for both age and experience, the Crows move one rug up in both categories following another season that heavily relied on their youth.
The Crows' oldest departure was veteran defender Luke Brown, while the club injected another wave of youth through the off-season, headlined by the acquisition of Izak Rankine, who landed back in South Australia at the age of 22.
Average Age: 25.14 years (3rd)
Average Games: 79.61 games (4th)
The Lions were the ninth oldest and ninth most experienced side in 2022, but following the additions of mature-aged talent in Jack Gunston (31 years of age), Conor McKenna (27) and Josh Dunkley (26), they ascended on the age ladder.
Average Age: 24.68 years (8th)
Average Games: 65.98 games (10th)
The Blues sat in the middle of the table for age and experience last year and look set to do the same again after a quieter off-season.
Average Age: 24.99 years (6th)
Average Games: 73.47 games (6th)
While seen by some as one of the younger lists in the AFL, the Magpies' high age and experience ranking can come down to a small group of veterans.
Collingwood are home to 22 players 23 years and under for 2023, meaning they're certainly not short on youth.
Average Age: 23.85 years (16th)
Average Games: 56.20 games (15th)
Their new-look list demographic comes after the retirements of Michael Hurley and Devon Smith, while mature-aged personnel in Tom Cutler, Garrett McDonagh, Aaron Francis and Alec Waterman also departed.
Their heavy focus on the draft across the past couple of seasons has also helped quickly turn the Bombers' list into a young one, with Essendon currently home to 14 players 20 or younger
Average Age: 24.05 years (14th)
Average Games: 55.30 games (16th)
Stunningly, Fremantle are one of the youngest sides in the competition despite amassing a top-six finish to this season.
The Dockers added a balance of youth and experience to their list through the off-season, with Jaeger O'Meara (29 years of age), Josh Corbett (26), Corey Wagner (26), Liam Reidy (22) and Luke Jackson (21) all heading west.
Average Age: 25.48 years (1st)
Average Games: 92.37 games (1st)
The Cats hold their place atop the AFL for age and experience, however have seen a decrease in both categories compared to 2022.
Average Age: 24.78 years (7th)
Average Games: 63.49 games (12th)
The numbers are a bit of a concern for the Suns, who have the seventh oldest list yet just the 12th most experienced side in the competition.
The Suns also added just one the player through the National Draft in Pick 6 selection Bailey Humphrey.
Average Age: 24.18 years (12th)
Average Games: 57.24 games (14th)
Average Age: 23.06 years (18th)
Average Games: 42.81 games (18th)
Little surprise to see the Hawks rank as the youngest and least experienced team in the AFL, having gutted almost all of their senior talent this off-season.
The Hawks bid farewell to five of the six oldest players from their 2022 squad, while 28-year-old Jaeger O'Meara also left for Fremantle.
After ranking 11th for experience this year, the Hawks have fallen seven spots in the league, while they also moved from 16th oldest to 18th.
Average Age: 25.08 years (5th)
Average Games: 84.93 games (2nd)
The Demons ranked seventh overall for experience last year and see their squad average for games played lift by 13.5 matches following the end of the 2022 season and acquisition windows.
Average Age: 23.92 years (15th)
Average Games: 60.05 games (13th)
North Melbourne finished 2022 last on the ladder with the third youngest list, and in 2023 they'll take the fourth youngest into the new year.
The Roos added some experience in the form of Fremantle pair Griffin Logue and Darcy Tucker, while delisted Hawk Daniel Howe joined North Melbourne through the Rookie Draft to add further experience to their squad.
Average Age: 24.38 years (11th)
Average Games: 67.88 games (9th)
Port Adelaide had the fifth oldest and fourth most experienced list in 2022, however have seen themselves move toward the midriff of the age and experience ladder ahead of the new year.
On top of their trio of National Draft additions, the Power also added teenager Jason Horne-Francis through the trade period to further reposition their list.
Average Age: 25.13 years (4th)
Average Games: 83.05 games (3rd)
The Tigers ranked on the podium for both age and experience in 2022 and remain within the top three for the latter next year, while they fall just the one spot for average age across the competition.
Richmond bid farewell to senior talent in Shane Edwards, Kane Lambert and Josh Caddy this year, and could see their average age plummet further in 12 months time when champion pair Jack Riewoldt and Trent Cotchin likely call time on their stellar careers.
Average Age: 24.42 years (10th)
Average Games: 64.95 games (11th)
After ranking in the top third of the competition for age and experience in 2022, the Saints take a significant step back to be placed in the bottom half of the AFL for both categories.
The Saints also placed greater attention toward the draft, while Bulldogs free agent Zaine Cordy was their only addition through the sign and trade window.
Average Age: 24.08 years (13th)
Average Games: 69.48 games (8th)
The demographic of the Swans' list is stunning, with the grand finalists carrying the sixth youngest list into 2023.
Despite their youth on paper, Sydney are home to the eighth most experienced side in the competition, having given their younger ranks plenty of minutes in recent seasons.
Average Age: 24.50 years (9th)
Average Games: 72.64 games (7th)
West Coast are one of the biggest movers for age and experience compared to last year, where they ranked as the second oldest and second most experienced side in the AFL.
The retirement of all-time goalkicking leader Josh J. Kennedy (35 years of age, 293 games) was a significant factor in the Eagles dropping in both categories, while the departures of Jack Redden, Junior Rioli and Jackson Nelson also helped.
Working through a rebuild, the Eagles added five players through the draft as well as 27-year-old flanker Jayden Hunt from Melbourne.
Average Age: 25.45 years (2nd)
Average Games: 77.27 games (5th)
At the age of 32, Jones immediately becomes Luke Beveridge's oldest player, with the former Blues defender and Lobb now part of an eight-man list of over-30-year-olds at Whitten Oval for 2023.
Data via draftguru.com.au.