Former Suns defender Ryan Davis will play for Southport in 2018. Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL.



It’s been a busy off-season so far for our non-AFL clubs with eight former AFL players and over 10 AFL club academy players committing to season 2018.

We’ve listed all the ins and outs below. Don’t forget to check our recruitment update page regularly as more news comes to hand in the coming months.



Ins: Andrew Swallow (North Melbourne), Jake Spencer (Melbourne), Jono Freeman (Brisbane), Brandon Batchelor (Kingborough), Zac Beuchner (Clarence), Harrison Pearce (Glenorchy) Jordan Arnold (Glenorchy), Billy Beardsell (St Albans), Lonnie Hampton (Albury), Will Cleeland (Kingborough), Will Gowers (Swans Academy/Sydney Uni), Jono Giles (Maroochydore), Ned McKeown (McLeod)

Outs: Joey Daye (Wilston Grange), Adam Hughes (Wilston Grange), Ryan Thomson (Wilston Grange), Clinton French (Wilston Grange), Oskar Baker (Melbourne), Matt Argus (retired), Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy), Ed Barlow (Finley)


Connor Owen-Auburn (Pennant Hills/Giants Academy), Angus Baker (Northshore Bombers/Sydney Swans Academy), Alex Paech (Murray Bushrangers), Jack Nunn (Lavington), Nathan Oakes (Murray Bushrangers), Dave Smith (Murray Bushrangers), Sam Tonkes (Army), Jacob Conlan (Griffith Swans/Giants Academy), Harry Carr (Northshore Bombers/Sydney Swans Academy), Sam Burge (Eastlake), Jayden Hind (Gungahlin Jets).

Outs: Jordan Harper (North Melbourne VFL), Lachlan Harper (relocating to Melbourne), Jack Baker (year off), Ben McGinness (Eastlake), Sam DeSousa (Eastlake), Liam Flaherty (Eastlake), Ashley Humphrey (returning to Melbourne), Zachary Derksen (delisted), Joseph Tegart (delisted), Jeremy Bridger (delisted), Max Richardson (year off), Michael McCormack (delisted), Nick Pleming (Coolamon)


Phillip Wills (Darwin/Nightcliff – returning from 2016 list), Chris Williams (Darwin)

Outs: Cameron Ilett (retired), Ryan Smith (retired), Tony Olango (West Coast), Jack Shannahan (relocated), Justin Beugelaar (relocated), Michael Hagan (relocated), Lochlan Dhurrkay (Geelong VFL), Francis Kinthari (Frankston)


Matt Hammelmann (Brisbane Lions), Kailem Baker (North Launceston), Sam Copland (Lions Academy/Western Magpies), James Barnes (Lions Academy/Caloundra), Tom Salter (2016 list – return from injury)

Outs: Sam Michael (retired), Dylan Adkins (Western Magpies QAFL), James Rayner (Morningside QAFL), Matt Allman (Caloundra QAFA), Luke Rogerson (travel)


Brenton Payne (North Ballarat), Ryan Davis (Gold Coast), Noa Corbett (North Adelaide), Tom Ellard (Werribee), Brodie Murdoch (Port Melbourne), Jordan Taylor (South Adelaide), Jayden Young (Labador), Xavier McMahon (Broadbeach), Jackson Gray (Williamstown), Daniel Charlesworth (Suns Academy), Nick Kempe (Suns Academy), Brad McDonald (Palm Beach), Josh Clayton (Brisbane Lions), Michael Manteit (Sydney Uni), Rhys Clark (Kyabram)

Outs: Jordan Keras (Geelong VFL), Blake Erickson (Broadbeach), Jack Anthonly (Stawell), James Holland (Palm Beach), Ryan Pantic (Broadbeach), Jon Croad (Palm Beach), Matt Fowler (Broadbeach), Nick Crowley (Palm Beach), Wes Tate-Turvey (Coolangatta), Troy Rissman (Toowoomba), Josh Matulis (Surfers Paradise), Adam McKenzie (retired), Connor West (work commitments), Tom Thynne (Palm Beach), Josh Calvert, Isaac Franks (travel), Harrison Kerr (Broadbeach), Dylan Lancaster (travel), Terry Giacoumis (Suns Academy), Hamish Shepheard (relocated)


Craig Bird (Essendon), Brandon Jack (Sydney Swans), Shaun Edwards (Sydney Swans)

Outs: Tom Ayton (retired), Alastair Gillespie (relocated), Jarrod Irving (Sydney Uni – Premier Division), Mitch Mahady (relocated), Michael Manteit (Southport), Harry Annear (Sydney Uni – Premier Division)




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