Confirmed Final Club Playing Lists Following Rookie Draft

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Final Club Lists have been released by the AFL following the 29 November list lodgement date.


ClubSeniorsCategory A
Rookies
Category B RookiesTotal
Adelaide Crows375244 (42+2)
Brisbane Lions384244 (42+2)
Carlton366244 (42+2)
Collingwood366244 (42+2)
Essendon364242 (40+2)
Fremantle366042 (42+0)
Geelong Cats383243 (41+2)
Gold Coast SUNS388147 (46+1)
GWS GIANTS366244 (42+2)
Hawthorn365142 (41+1)
Melbourne366143 (42+1)
North Melbourne374142 (41+1)
Port Adelaide375042 (42+0)
Richmond366143 (42+1)
St Kilda364242 (40+2)
Sydney Swans365243 (41+2)
Western Bulldogs366244 (42+2)
West Coast Eagles383041 (41+0)

Above table collated by me based on lists provided by the AFL (below). Colours indicate; green = list full, red = list still has space

Gold Coast I don't know what their maximum list size is, but I think they're full so this must be it aside from one more Cat B rookie.

Current List Sizes for all other clubs are available here:

Category A rookie lists can still be added to through the supplemental selection period (SSP), which runs through to the end of March. Category B rookies can be signed at any time.
 

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Lore I couldn't find a thread on the trade between Collingwood and Geelong for Pick45 - wondered where I could get the details
I think final day live trades didn't have their own threads yet. I'll make them in the wash up for posterity gimme 10
 

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Why are Bassirou Faye and Ultan Kelm not listed as category B rookies for Collingwood and Fremantle respectively?
 

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The Roo isn't a Rookie - he's a scholarship player so he sits outside the cap and the list numbers,
Category B rookies include scholarship players, like the many Irishmen and Mason Cox for example. They’re outside the cap and can’t play unless replacing an LTI, which is why they are Category B. Category A is the normal rookie list.
 

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Category B rookies include scholarship players, like the many Irishmen and Mason Cox for example. They’re outside the cap and can’t play unless replacing an LTI, which is why they are Category B. Category A is the normal rookie list.
Found this on https://worldfootynews.com/staticpages/index.php/International_Scholarship_Listed: " In 2006 the AFL introduced the International Scholarship List to allow AFL clubs to be somewhat speculative in recruiting international players in that they would not fill a normal senior or rookie position ..."
 

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So why are Oisín Mullin and Fionn O'Hara, who are both “International Selections”, listed as Category B rookies for Geelong and Hawthorn respectively?
 

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Found this on https://worldfootynews.com/staticpages/index.php/International_Scholarship_Listed: " In 2006 the AFL introduced the International Scholarship List to allow AFL clubs to be somewhat speculative in recruiting international players in that they would not fill a normal senior or rookie position ..."
Ah right, kids between the ages of 15-20 and still at school. Thought you were referring to actual international players. If they’re not listed and they can’t play, they wouldn’t be included in the playing lists.

When they finish their scholarship then they go to the Category B list as a ‘former international scholarship holder’, or as is far more common, skip the scholarship list altogether, finish school and sign directly to the Category B list.
 

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So why are Oisín Mullin and Fionn O'Hara, who are both “International Selections”, listed as Category B rookies for Geelong and Hawthorn respectively?
Scholarship holder is more like being a member of a club academy, have to be between 15-20 and could still be living overseas, not allowed to play in the AFL at all and have a separate development program. I don’t think they can train with the AFL players either, though it’s not explicit in the rules, and they’re paid between $1,000-$20,000 depending on if they stay overseas or move to Australia.

An international signing is an adult who moves to Australia, trains with the AFL team, plays with the VFL or reserves team and can play in the AFL as an injury replacement from the Category B rookie list, and earns at least a normal wage (often I think it is higher than minimum as incentive).
 

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