The Trade Period deadline has moved to prime time and the National Draft will become a two-day event under major changes to the player movement period.

The trade deadline has been scheduled for 8.30pm on Wednesday 17 October, making the Trade Period itself slightly shorter.

And in a huge change to the draft format, live trading of picks will be available to clubs for the very first time.

The draft returns to Victoria for the first time since 2009, with the televised event being held on 22 and 23 November.

The League has written to clubs confirming the live trading "will be introduced to provide clubs with more flexibility when making player selections and managing their lists."

Live trading will also mean there will be an additional window after the conclusion of the AFL Trade Period for trading of selections only in the lead up to draft night.

*All times are AEDT.

When does the 2018 Free Agency and Trade Period start and finish?
Friday 5 October: Restricted free agency offer and unrestricted free agency period starts.
Monday 8 October (10am): The Trade Period starts.
Friday 12 October (5pm): Close of restricted free agency offer and unrestricted free agency period.
Monday 15 October (2pm): AFL restricted free agency matching offer three-day period ends.
Wednesday 17 October (8.30pm): The Trade Period closes (for exchange of players).
Friday 16 November (2pm): The Trade Period closes (for exchange of selections only).

When is the 2018 NAB AFL Draft Combine?
Tuesday 2 October – Friday 5 October: AFL Draft Combine.
Friday 5 October: Victoria / NEAFL / Tasmania State Draft Combine.
Saturday 13 October: South Australian Draft Combine.
Sunday 14 October: West Australian Draft Combine.

When are the 2018 NAB AFL Draft and Rookie Drafts?
Thursday 22 November (7pm – 9.30pm): National Draft (Round One).
Friday 23 November (10am – 1.30pm): National Draft (Round Two onwards to conclusion).
Friday 23 November (5pm): Pre-Season Draft and Rookie Draft.

How else can players switch clubs?
Delisted players become free agents and can join new clubs during any of the three delisted player free agency windows. Once clubs have delisted a player, they will receive no compensation should that player be signed by a new club.

The key dates for delisted free agents are as follows:
Wednesday 31 October (2pm): List Lodgement (1)
Thursday 1 November: AFL delisted player free agency period (1) starts
Thursday 8 November: AFL delisted player free agency period (1) closes
Saturday 10 November: AFL delisted player free agency period (2) starts
Friday 16 November (5pm): AFL delisted player free agency period (2) closes 
Friday 23 November (1.30pm – 2.30pm): AFL delisted player free agency period (3)
Tuesday 27 November (2pm): Final AFL club list lodgement

Nathan Murphy and Jaidyn Stephenson joined Collingwood in the 2017 National Draft last November.

Indicative Draft Order
As of Monday 8 October 2018

CARL1. Carlton
GCFC2. Gold Coast
STK3. St Kilda
BL4. Brisbane
FRE5. Fremantle
WB6. Western Bulldogs
ADEL7. Adelaide
ESS8. Essendon
PORT9. Port Adelaide
NMFC10. North Melbourne
GEEL11. Geelong
SYD12. Sydney
GWS13. Greater Western Sydney 
HAW14. Hawthorn
ADEL15. Adelaide (received from Melbourne)
RICH16. Richmond
COLL17. Collingwood
GCFC18. Gold Coast (received from West Coast)

ADEL19. Adelaide (received from Carlton)
WCE20. West Coast (received from Gold Coast)
PORT21. Port Adelaide (received from St Kilda)
BL22. Brisbane
GWS23. Greater Western Sydney (received from Fremantle)
CARL24. Carlton (received from Western Bulldogs)
WB25. Western Bulldogs (received as compensation for losing unrestricted free agent Luke Dahlhaus to Geelong)
CARL26. Carlton (received from Adelaide)
GCFC27. Gold Coast (received from Essendon)
PORT28. Port Adelaide
NMFC29. North Melbourne
GCFC30. Gold Coast (received from Geelong)
SYD31. Sydney
ESS32. Essendon (received from Greater Western Sydney)
HAW33. Hawthorn
MELB34. Melbourne
RICH35. Richmond
SYD36. Sydney (received from Collingwood)
WCE37. West Coast

RICH38. Richmond (received as compensation for losing unrestricted free agent Reece Conca to Fremantle)

ADEL39. Adelaide (received from Carlton)
GCFC40. Gold Coast
NMFC41. North Melbourne (received from St Kilda via on-trades)
CARL42. Carlton (received from Geelong for state league player Nathan Kreuger; originally received from Brisbane as part of trade for Lincoln McCarthy)
GCFC43. Gold Coast (received from Fremantle)
WB44. Western Bulldogs
MELB45. Melbourne (received from Adelaide)
GWS46. Greater Western Sydney (received from Essendon)
PORT47. Port Adelaide
PORT48. Port Adelaide (received from North Melbourne)
GEEL49. Geelong
COLL50. Collingwood (received from Sydney)
GWS51. Greater Western Sydney 
HAW52. Hawthorn
MELB53. Melbourne
BL54. Brisbane (received from Geelong as part of trade for Lincoln McCarthy; originally received from Richmond in 2017)
COLL55. Collingwood
NMFC56. North Melbourne (received from West Coast via on-trades)

BL57. Brisbane (received from Geelong as part of trade for Lincoln McCarthy; originally received from Carlton in 2017
GEEL58. Geelong (received from Gold Coast)
STK59. St Kilda
GEEL60. Geelong (received from Brisbane as part of trade for Lincoln McCarthy)
WB61. Western Bulldogs (received from Fremantle)
WB62. Western Bulldogs
STK63. St Kilda (received from Adelaide via on-trades)
ESS64. Essendon
STK65. St Kilda (received from Port Adelaide)
NMFC66. North Melbourne
CARL67. Carlton (received from Geelong)
SYD68. Sydney
GWS69. Greater Western Sydney 
WCE70. West Coast (received from Hawthorn via on-trades)
ADEL71. Adelaide (received from Melbourne)
RICH72. Richmond
COLL73. Collingwood
WCE74. West Coast

CARL75. Carlton
GCFC76. Gold Coast
STK77. St Kilda
BL78. Brisbane
FRE79. Fremantle
WB80. Western Bulldogs
ADEL81. Adelaide
ESS82. Essendon
PORT83. Port Adelaide
NMFC84. North Melbourne
GEEL85. Geelong
SYD86. Sydney
GWS87. Greater Western Sydney 
HAW88. Hawthorn
MELB89. Melbourne
RICH90. Richmond
COLL91. Collingwood
WCE92. West Coast

Future picks

Clubs may trade future draft selections. Clubs must only trade selections from the following year's draft.

BLBrisbane Lions 
GCFCGold Coast - 2019 round three draft selection from Richmond via Miles-Ellis trade
GWSGreater Western Sydney
NMFCNorth Melbourne 
PORTPort Adelaide
RICHRichmond - 2019 round three draft selection from Gold Coast via Miles-Ellis trade
STKSt Kilda 
WCEWest Coast
WBWestern Bulldogs


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