After the completion of the 2012 AFL season the league will be revolutionised by the introduction of free agency.
For eligible players this will give them the ability to leave their current club, bypassing the draft and trade periods, and essentially pick their next employer themselves. For the AFL, this will be an unprecedented change.
In the lead up to the introduction of free agency Football Nation is running a series of articles by guest writer Sam Mills that will focus on what free agency will do to your club at the end of the season.
Doughty is the oldest player on the Adelaide list.
At 32 years of age, the 200 game veteran who signed a one-year contract late last year, will not be a target for any side come end of the season, as he is expected to retire from football. This pending unrestricted free agent was dumped from the leadership group last year.
Knights is no longer considered a first team player by new Crows coach Brenton Sanderson. His 2010 season was marred by injury and last year he had fitness issues, which affected his form.
The 91-gamer has been battling it out for Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFL so far this season. The 25-year old from Melbourne may want to return back home. If he can get it right he may be a target for an up and coming side.
With only two players who are unrestricted free agents at the end of this season, free agency losses will not have a major impact on Adelaide this season.
The likes of Bernie Vince, Kurt Tippett, Nathan van Berlo and Scott Thompson, the players that will be eligible for free agency soon, have all signed contracts that extend beyond the current season.
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