The 2013 AFL off-season saw a number of high-profile players change allegiances via the free agency period.
The most notable of these was Hawthorn superstar Lance Franklin's defect north to Premiership rivals the Sydney Swans, in a move that shook the AFL world.
GMS takes a look forward to next years market, and picks the best players available in 2014.
Marc Murphy, Carlton
Carlton were one of the clubs who benefited most from the 2013 free agency period, landing star midfielder Dale Thomas from arch-rivals Collingwood.
However, Carlton look one of the most vulnerable clubs in next years market, with captain Marc Murphy one of several players on their list with contracts set to expire. The number one pick in the 2005 AFL draft, Murphy seems highly unlikely to leave, but when a player of his calibre becomes available, clubs will be interested.
Will Minson, Western Bulldogs
Minson could be one of the most in-demand players in 2014 and will be a priority re-signing for the Bulldogs, with the ruck man earning All-Australian honours last season. Having spent his entire career at the club, Minson would find a decision to leave hard to make. However, the club finished a lowly 15th last time around and at 28, he may be tempted if a club in Premiership contention comes calling.
James Frawley, Melbourne
After a nightmare couple of seasons for the club, Melbourne will be looking for some sort of stability. They do however have a poor record in losing players to free agency, with key men such as Colin Sylvia (Freemantle) and Jared Rivers (Geelong). Key defender Frawley is likely to interest several clubs, with the clubs on-field form this season likely to heavily influence his decision.
Bryce Gibbs, Carlton
The number one pick in the 2006 AFL Draft, Bryce Gibbs is likely to attract huge interest from several clubs. In 2007, Gibbs was named in Carlton's leadership group, despite the fact that he'd never played an AFL game, the first time in history that this had happened. The defender/midfielder will have to be re-signed by Carlton quickly before rival clubs begin to swoop.
Andrew Walker, Carlton
The third Carlton player to make our list, Walker will interest clubs due to his versatility, being equally at home in defence or up forward. Awarded life membership by the club in 2011, his ties with the club remain strong. The current Carlton side however have flattered to deceive in recent seasons, only reaching finals last season due to Essendon's expulsion. If a team comes calling with a sufficient premiership window, Walker may just be tempted.
Dane Swan, Collingwood
Whilst it remains incredibly unlikely that the 2011 Brownlow medallist would leave Collingwood, the midfielder is available as a free agent next year. Labelled by many as one of the greatest midfielders of the modern era, Swan would improve any side in the competition. The Pies have unsurprisingly begun contract talks with Swan, and remain confident of their key man re-signing. An outside bet to switch clubs, although stranger things have happened.
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