Top 10 AFL Signings for 2019
There are plenty of big name players in new colours for 2019, we rank the top 10!
What an offseason we witnessed for player movement in the AFL. Captains, premiership heroes and genuine stars of the game all found new homes for the season. Players like Luke Dahlhaus, Jared Polec, Rory Lobb, Aaron Hall, Dom Tyson, Ryan Burton, Dan Menzel and Tom Scully have all found their way to new clubs and can’t feature on this list. It truly was a hectic trade period in the AFL and we can’t wait to see what these new recruits can do for their new teams in 2019.
- Tom Lynch (Gold Coast - Richmond)
Richmond landed the biggest fish of the off-season in former Gold Coast co-captain Tom Lynch. Lynch has already kicked over 250 goals in his career and is entering his prime now at 26 years of age. Jack Riewoldt will be the perfect foil for the Lynch in the forward and take a lot of pressure off the former All-Australian. The addition of Lynch to a team who won 18 home and away matches last season is certainly a scary proposition for the rest of the competition.
- Dayne Beams (Brisbane - Collingwood)
Last year’s Grand Finalists have welcomed back one of their favourite sons with open arms and adds to what was already arguably the best midfield in the competition. He’s already a premiership player and best and fairest at two clubs and is now seeking more team success with a club well and truly in the premiership window. The Pies now have an embarrassment of riches in the midfield meaning Beams, Sidebottom and the like can spend more time in the forward line where they’ve proven to be more than capable.
- Jesse Hogan (Melbourne - Fremantle)
After on and off the field issues derailed his 2017 campaign, Melbourne’s once great white hope had a breakthrough year in 2018, finishing the season with a career best 47 goals and was one of the key reasons for Melbourne breaking their over decade long finals drought. Unfortunately for Hogan, he wasn’t part of those finals after injuring his navicular bone in Round 21. Hogan’s ‘go home’ factor was strengthened by the loss of his father and dealing with his own cancer diagnosis in 2017 with the health and wellbeing of Hogan the primary decision behind the trade. The trade means Fremantle will have their first real A grade tall forward talent since Matthew Pavlich while the deal helped Melbourne land their target of Steven May.
- Dylan Shiel (GWS - Essendon)
An All-Australian in 2017 and one of the competition's elite midfielders when he’s up and going, many believe Dylan Shiel is the missing piece for Essendon. They’re spine is rock solid and have added a cherry on top with the smooth moving Shiel who could prove to be more of an inside bull this season after a down year in 2018 playing more on the wing. His inclusion is sure to spark the Bombers after landing their man a year before his contract was due to expire for only one first-round draft pick and a swap of future picks.
- Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide - Hawthorn)
Electrifying at his best, Chad Wingard can win a game off his own boot and the Hawks were happy to trade away one of their most promising future stars and a first-round draft pick to secure the talented forward. His goal tallies have dropped significantly over the past two seasons but has spent more time in the midfield, something he may have to again do more of this year after Tom Mitchell’s season ending injury. Wingard is still only 25 and has plenty of great footy ahead of him so it will be interesting to see how Wingard transitions into the footy bubble of Melbourne and if he can live up to the lofty expectations.
- Steven May (Gold Coast - Melbourne)
The other Gold Coast co-captain to leave could be just as important if not more so for his new team. Steven May’s arrival to Melbourne means Tom McDonald can continue his transformation as a dangerous tall forward and finally take some pressure off an undersized defence that ranked 9th for points against last season. The lock down key defender should be able to make an immediate impact and looks set to play finals for the first time in his ninth season in the AFL.
- Lachie Neale (Fremantle - Brisbane)
Lachie Neale has won two of the last three best and fairests at Fremantle but was lured away from the club after a lucrative five-year deal from the ‘hungry’ Lions. Brisbane look set to be on a sharp curve with a host of young talent and adding Neale will certainly continue their upward projection. Neale is a proven ball magnet and again averaged over 30 disposals last season and will no doubt be a key factor in Brisbane’s push for finals footy this season.
- Dan Hannebery (Sydney - St Kilda)
Another premiership hero who finds himself in new colours in 2019 and while his last two seasons have been down on what we’ve come to expect, Hannebery still has elite talent and is a much needed acquisition for the Saints as they look to build off a disastrous 208 campaign. Hannebery has had his injury concerns over the past two seasons and has already suffered ‘hamstring awareness’ this preseason but hopes to be right for Round 1. The Saints have invested heavily in the former Swan, inking him to a five-year deal and also adding him to the leadership group. His experience and grunt around the contest should complement Jack Steven and Seb Ross nicely.
- Scott Lycett (West Coast - Port Adelaide)
After Nic Naitanui suffered a second ACL injury late last season, Scott Lycett had to step up and be the number one ruckman for the Eagles, a role he fulfilled successfully as the Eagles went on their premiership run. Becoming a free-agent at the end of last season, Lycett decided he wanted to return home to South Australia and had landed at Port Adelaide where he will again be a backup ruckman spending his majority time forward. While he’s more than a handy addition for Port, the hole he’s left at West Coast will be more greatly felt.
- Mitch McGovern (Adelaide - Carlton)
The Mitch McGovern saga took a twist at the end of last season. 12 months prior, the rumours circled that he would return to home state Western Australia before the promising forward signed a new three-year deal with the Crows. After just one season into that three-year deal, McGovern has eventually found a new home but it’s in the navy blue. McGovern’s signing allows the Blues to trial a triple threat tall forward trio with the former Crown joining exciting duo Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay. The Blues are starting to build a list that take them forward in the next three to five years.