2022 Player Movements and News Thread

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Season 2021 finished only just over a week ago but there's been a lot of news already regarding the upcoming season for a number of clubs. With player movements and other news getting underway as we enter the off-season plus with most Best and Fairest awards having been run and won, this thread will be the place to be for all your WAFL news during the off-season and coming pre-season as we get ready for season 2022.

  • West Coast have announced they will not be fielding a side in the WAFL for season 2022 due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The Eagles preference is to field their own side in the competition but the impacts of COVID-19 over the past couple of years have made the venture "too costly" for the coming season. It is expected that West Coast will look for an alignment with another club with several clubs having some some interest, otherwise the Eagles may be forced to spread players across multiple WAFL clubs should an alignment not be forthcoming.
  • Perth have ruled out an alignment with the Eagles with the board deciding to not take the recent approach from the West Coast Eagles any further.
  • Peel Thunder are considering ending their alignment with Fremantle despite having been aligned with the Dockers for almost a decade.
  • East Perth's Nathan Blee, Julian Ameduri and Rohan Kerr have all announced their retirement.
  • Swan Districts' defender Alex Howard and veteran midfielder Matt Riggio have retired. Howard played 174 games for the Black and Whites while Riggo represented Swans on 218 occasions.
  • Peel Thunder's Will Schofield and Ben Howlett have retired. Schofield returned to Peel Thunder after finishing his AFL with West Coast Eagles and has called time after a back complaint ruled him out of most of the second half of the season. Ben Howlett landed at Peel Thunder after his time at Essendon in the AFL came to an end.
  • Peel Thunder coach Cam Shepherd has also departed the club after nine seasons.
  • West Perth have secured Ben Johnson for two seasons, with Johnson signing on until the end of 2023. Johnson was delisted from the West Coast Eagles earlier this month and returns to his original club having been drafted from the Falcons.
  • East Perth have re-signed coach Jeremy Barnard for another season with Barnard to coach the Royals in 2022, ending months of speculation regarding his coaching tenure at the club.
  • South Fremantle ruckman Brock Higgins has retired while the Bulldogs have signed former Port Adelaide and West Coast Eagles player Brendon Ah Chee.
  • West Perth are on the verge of signing former West Coast Eagles' midfield Mark Hutchings while it is believed Luke Meadows will return to the club after having a break in 2021.
  • Perth's Christian Eyres and Matthew Rogers have retired with both players played in Perth's 2021 Reserves premiership.



Best and Fairest Winners

Claremont - EB Cook Medal - Bailey Rogers
East Fremantle - Lynn Medal - Kyle Baskerville
East Perth - FD Book Medal - Christian Ameduri
Peel Thunder - Tuckey Medal - Tyrone Thorne
Perth - Butcher Medal - Corey Byrne
South Fremantle - WJ Hughes Medal - Haiden Schloithe
Subiaco - Outridge Medal - Leigh Kitchin
Swan Districts - Swan Medal - Frank Anderson
West Perth - Breckler Medal - Aaron Black
 
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Ljp86

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Major List Changes 2022


Claremont


In:
Out: Tom Ledger (retired), Kane Mitchell (retired)


East Fremantle

In:
Out: Nick Kommer (retired)


East Perth

In:
Out: Julian Ameduri (retired), Nathan Blee (retired), Rohan Kerr (retired)


Peel Thunder

In:
Out: Ben Howlett (retired), Will Schofield (retired)


Perth

In:
Out: Christian Eyres (retired), Matthew Rogers (retired)


South Fremantle

In:
Out: Brock Higgins (retired)


Subiaco

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Out:


Swan Districts

In:
Out: Alex Howard (retired), Matt Riggio (retired)


West Perth

In: Ben Johnson (West Coast Eagles delistee/returning)
Out:
 
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  • West Coast look set to return to its former method of playing it's non-playing AFL players in the WAFL with all Western Australian players to be listed at their WAFL club while interstate recruits to either be allocated to clubs via a draft system or alternatively at one or two clubs. At this stage, the Eagles preference is to have their interstate players play at one club but has yet to be agreed upon at this stage.
  • Claremont players Kane Mitchell and Tom Ledger have retired. Mitchell played 147 games for the Tigers while also playing 35 games at Port Adelaide in four seasons in the AFL with the Power. Ledger played 96 games at Claremont along with eight at St. Kilda in the AFL before asking to be delisted.
  • Peel Thunder have stunned the WAFL, signing West Perth coach Geoff Valentine for the 2022 WAFL season. Valentine had previously coached at West Perth for the past three years but has defected to the Thunder in a shock move.
  • West Perth are on the hunt for a new coach after Geoff Valentine's shock defection to Peel Thunder earlier this week. The Falcons are apparently very keen to bringing former coach Darren Harris to the fold but are set to conduct a thorough search for a new coach with Valentine having ended his three year stint at the club.
 

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