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2017 free agents

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Claye Beams of the Lions receives the ball during the 2016 AFL Round 13 match between the Brisbane Lions and the West Coast Eagles at The Gabba on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/AFL Media)
Claye Beams will be a Free Agent in 2017. (AFL Photos)

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THE 2017 free agency pool will be headlined by star midfielders Nat Fyfe and Dustin Martin.

Fyfe and Martin are probably the best two players to come out of the 2009 NAB AFL Draft and are set to enter free agency when they complete the minimum eight year's service at the end of next season.

Next year's crop also includes seasoned stars such as Swans midfielder Josh Kennedy as well as his Eagles namesake and two-time Coleman medallist, Fremantle captain David Mundy, Hawks defender Grant Birchall and Eagles forward Mark LeCras.

But Fyfe and Martin's relative youth – both are 25 – gives them added appeal, with clubs set to tempt them with lucrative long-term contracts.

Fyfe, in particular, has already been linked with Victorian clubs Carlton and Hawthorn, but the 2015 Brownlow medallist recently spoke passionately about the Dockers and hinted his preference was to stay there.

Tom Rockliff and Steven Motlop are two other prospective 2017 free agents who will be watched closely next season.

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The 2017 pool is likely to expand to include Dennis Armfield, who has agreed to terms with the Blues, Sam Butler and Tom Lonergan, who are all likely to sign new one-year deals with their clubs. Jarryd Blair, Brendan Whitecross and Josh Cowan could follow their lead.

Key defender Rory Thompson is set to become the first Sun to enter free agency.

Although 2017 will be just Gold Coast's seventh season in the AFL, Thompson's two years' service in the TAC Cup and VFL before the club's entry to the AFL will count towards his free agency eligibility given he bypassed the 2008 NAB AFL Draft to play with the expansion club.

Clubs have already shown plenty of interest in Nat Fyfe. Picture: AFL Photos preliminary list of 2017 free agents

Andy Otten
Sam Shaw 

Claye Beams
Ryan Harwood
Tom Rockliff 

Levi Casboult
Matthew Kreuzer
Kade Simpson
Simon White 

Tyson Goldsack
Lachlan Keefe
Ben Sinclair
Josh Thomas

Heath Hocking
Ben Howlett
Brent Stanton
Jobe Watson
David Zaharakis 

Hayden Ballantyne
Nat Fyfe
Garrick Ibbotson
Michael Johnson
David Mundy
Aaron Sandilands
Nick Suban 

Andrew Mackie
Daniel Menzel
Steven Motlop 

Gold Coast
Rory Thompson 

Grant Birchall
Luke Breust
Shaun Burgoyne
Taylor Duryea
Josh Gibson
Luke Hodge
Ryan Schoenmakers 

Jake Spencer
Jack Trengove 

North Melbourne
Lachlan Hansen
Scott Thompson 

Port Adelaide
Jasper Pittard
Jackson Trengove
Justin Westhoff 

Dustin Martin 

St Kilda
Sean Dempster
Sam Gilbert
Leigh Montagna
Nick Riewoldt 

Heath Grundy
Josh Kennedy
Jarrad McVeigh
Sam Reid 

West Coast
Josh Kennedy
Mark LeCras
Eric Mackenzie
Matt Priddis 

Western Bulldogs
Matthew Boyd
Dale Morris
Robert Murphy
Liam Picken

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs