AFL news: 2020 Free Agency period, Joe Daniher, Zac Williams, Isaac Smith, Rory Atkins updates, list of players, clubs

Geelong coach Chris Scott admitted he found it hard to get out of bed this week after a shattering grand final defeat – but this will cheer him up.

Hawthorn’s Isaac Smith has declared he wants to be a Cat in 2021, according to the Herald Sun, knocking back offers to finish his career as a one-club player or join Melbourne. reported Smith was having trouble with the idea of moving to the Cats, who have been the Hawks’ biggest rival during his career.

But in a bombshell opening to the AFL’s free agency period he’s come around to the idea of joining Geelong, which is also hopeful of adding GWS spearhead Jeremy Cameron and North’s Shaun Higgins in the trade window.

The frenzy continued on Friday morning as Carlton has made a formal offer to Greater Western Sydney’s Zac Williams, the rebounding defender seeking a big-money, long-term move to the Blues.

The AFL is processing the paperwork and the Giants now have three days to decide if they want to match Carlton’s offer.

Former Adelaide star Rory Atkins has also joined Gold Coast as a free agent, inking a four-year deal worth approximately $400,000 a season. In return, the Crows will receive an end of second-round compensation pick.

Brisbane is also looking to pounce on Essendon wantaway Joe Daniher this trade period.

As restricted free agents, Williams and Daniher can only move freely to their new homes if their current clubs choose not to match the contracts they’re offered.

If the Giants and Bombers play hard ball, trades will have to be orchestrated or the players will end up in the draft.

Aidan Corr (GWS to North Melbourne), Jeremy Cameron (GWS to Geelong) and Brad Crouch (Adelaide to St Kilda) are the other restricted free agents looking to move clubs this summer.

There are also a host of unrestricted free agents including Rory Atkins, who is moving from the Crows to the Suns, and Bachar Houli, who is tipped to sign a one-year deal to stay at Richmond.

Free agency runs until next Friday, November 6.

media_cameraZac Williams, Joe Daniher and Isaac Smith.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS Brad Crouch (Adelaide Crows), Joe Daniher (Essendon), Jeremy Cameron (GWS), Aidan Corr (GWS), Zac Williams (GWS)
Rory Atkins
Ben Crocker (Rookie)*
Kyle Hartigan
David MacKay

Brisbane Lions
Jacob Allison (Rookie)*
Matt Eagles (Rookie)*
Ryan Lester
Corey Lyons (Rookie)*
Stefan Martin
Sam Skinner (Rookie)*

Hugh Goddard (Rookie)*
Callum Moore (Rookie)*

Tim Broomhead (Rookie)*

Martin Gleeson
Mitchell Hibberd (Rookie)*
Shaun McKernan*
Will Snelling (Rookie)*
Jacob Townsend (Rookie)*

Hugh Dixon (Rookie)*
David Mundy
Thomas North (Rookie)*

Lachlan Henderson (Rookie)*
Harry Taylor

Gold Coast
Jarrod Harbrow
Josh Schoenfeld (Rookie)*

Sam Reid (Rookie)*
Zachary Sproule (Rookie)*

Keegan Brooksby (Rookie)*
Darren Minchington (Rookie)*
Isaac Smith

Mitch Brown (Rookie)*
Corey Wagner (Rookie)*

North Melbourne
Majak Daw*
Taylor Garner
Kyron Hayden (Rookie)*
Ben Jacobs
Jamie Macmillan
Josh Walker*
Mason Wood

Port Adelaide
Wylie Buzza*
Riley Grundy (Rookie)*
Cam Sutcliffe (Rookie)*
Boyd Woodcock (Rookie)*

Bachar Houli

St Kilda
Ryan Abbott*
Jarryn Geary

Sydney Swans
Jack Maibaum*

West Coast
Brendon Ah Chee (Rookie)*
Hamish Brayshaw (Rookie)*
Andrew Gaff
Mark Hutchings*

Western Bulldogs
Taylor Duryea^
Ryan Gardner (Rookie)*
Billy Gowers*
Roarke Smith (Rookie)*
Matthew Suckling^
Jackson Trengove^
*Previously delisted
^Previously qualified as a free agent

Originally published as AFL feeding frenzy kicks off with a bang

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