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Dwyer's birthday treat

Sam Dwyer celebrated his 29th birthday in style with a victory over his old teammates and a VFL finals series ahead.

7:11pm  Aug 29, 2015

VFL: Finals-bound Magpies beat the Borough

MATCH REPORT - Collingwood's VFL side have completed the home and away season with a hard-fought eight point victory over Port Melboune

6:13pm  Aug 29, 2015

VFL: Magpies grind out victory

Collingwood had to fight tooth and nail for its eight-point win over Port Melbourne in the final home and away match of the 2015 VFL season.

4:01pm  Aug 29, 2015

Free Agency Explained

Under the rules that were agreed to between the AFL and the AFL Players Association (AFLPA) in February 2010, restricted and unrestricted free agents may consider offers from rival clubs during the post-season period, following the home and away season. An offer to a player only includes capped salary and capped ASA (Additional Service Agreements) amounts.

Under the AFL Player Rules, an unrestricted free agent may automatically move to the club of his choice. An offer to a restricted free agent may be matched by his club, which has right of first refusal over his services. If the unrestricted free agent player does not wish to remain with his own club, he must enter the draft or seek a trade.

Compensation in the form of AFL allocated draft picks will apply to clubs with a net loss of free agents, based on the formula determined by the AFL.

Restricted Free Agents
Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide Crows); Matthew Leuenberger (Brisbane Lions); Matthew Kreuzer, Chris Judd (Carlton); Tom Bellchambers (Essendon); Tom Hawkins (Geelong Cats); Colin Garland (Melbourne); Sean Dempster, Sam Gilbert, Jack Steven (St Kilda); Scott Selwood (West Coast).

Unrestricted Free Agents
Richard Douglas, Brodie Martin, Andy Otten, Brent Reilly, Scott Thompson (Adelaide Crows); Jed Adcock (Brisbane Lions); Dennis Armfield, Andrew Carazzo, David Ellard (Carlton); Brent Macaffer (Collingwood); Courtenay Dempsey, Dustin Fletcher, Tayte Pears, Brent Stanton, Jason Winderlich (Essendon); Ryan Crowley, Paul Duffield, Michael Johnson, Luke McPharlin, Matthew Pavlich, Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle); Jimmy Bartel, Corey Enright, Steve Johnson, James Kelly, Andrew Mackie, Dawson Simpson, Matthew Stokes (Geelong Cats); Luke Hodge, Matthew Suckling, Brendan Whitecross (Hawthorn); Mark Jamar (Melbourne); Michael Firrito, Nathan Grima, Brent Harvey, Scott McMahon, Drew Petrie, Robbie Tarrant (North Melbourne); Kane Cornes, Tom Logan (Port Adelaide); Nathan Foley, Chris Newman, Alex Rance (Richmond); Sam Fisher, Adam Schneider (St Kilda); Adam Goodes, Heath Grundy, Ted Richards (Sydney Swans); Sam Butler, Patrick McGinnity, Beau Waters (retired) (West Coast); Matthew Boyd, Jarrad Grant, Dale Morris, Robert Murphy, Easton Wood (Western Bulldogs).

Free Agency Explained
1. A player has served seven seasons or less of AFL football at one club, and is now out of contract.

The player is not eligible for free agency if his club wishes to retain him. He may only move clubs via a trade or the Draft. If he delists himself, he is subject to the Draft, and may be selected by any club.

2. A player has served seven seasons or less of AFL football at one club, and has been delisted by his club.

The player is a Free Agent and is eligible to field offers from all rival AFL clubs.

The player must decide on the best offer of his choice from one rival club.

The player can move AUTOMATICALLY to the new club of his choice.

His original club, which chose to delist him, does not receive any compensation pick for the loss of the player.

3. A player has served eight or more seasons of AFL football at one club, is one of the 10 highest-paid players at his club, and is now out of contract for the first time since reaching eight seasons of service.

The player is eligible to field offers from all rival AFL clubs.

If he wishes to change clubs, the player must decide on the best offer of his choice from one rival club.

His club has the right to match the presented offer.

If the club matches the offer, he may choose to remain with his original club, seek a trade or enter the Draft.

If the club does not or can not match the offer, the player can move to the new club of his choice.

His original club will receive a compensation pick for the loss of the player, on an AFL-determined formula to apply where clubs lose more free agents than they gain in any single transfer period.

4. A player has served eight or more seasons of AFL football at one club, is NOT one of the 10 highest-paid players at his club, and is now out of contract for the first time since reaching eight seasons of service.

The player is eligible to field offers from all rival AFL clubs.

If he wishes to change clubs, the player must decide on the best offer of his choice from one rival club.

His club does NOT have the right to match the presented offer, and the player can move AUTOMATICALLY to the new club of his choice.

His original club will receive a compensation pick for the loss of the player, on an AFL-determined formula.

5. A player has served ten or more seasons of AFL football at one club, has already come out of contract once in the period after serving his first eight or more seasons at his club, and is now out of contract.

The player is eligible to field offers from all rival clubs.

If he wishes to change clubs, the player must decide on the best offer of his choice from one rival club.

His club does NOT have the right to match the presented offer, and the player can move AUTOMATICALLY to the new club of his choice.

His original club will receive a compensation pick for the loss of the player, on an AFL-determined formula.