Explainer | AFLW PSP compensation

YESTERDAY the AFL announced the Priority Signing Period (PSP) compensation for those clubs who lost players to the four most recent expansion sides in the Season 7 off-season. A total of six clubs received competition, with Brisbane – the only team to lose multiple players – receiving two draft selections as compensation for those players.


ClubPlayer lostNew clubBandDraft round
AdelaideAshleigh SaintPort AdelaideFourEnd of Second Round (40)
BrisbaneEmily BatesHawthornOneMid First Round (11/12)
Greta BodeyHawthornThreeMid Second Round (32)
CarltonLucy McEvoySydneyTwoEnd of First Round (21)
CollingwoodChloe MolloySydneyOneMid First Round (11/12)
FremantleJanelle CuthbertsonPort AdelaideFiveMid Third Round (51/52)
North MelbourneBrooke BrownEssendonFiveMid Third Round (51/52)

Note: The selections have been adjusted to allow for earlier compensation picks to slide in.


Collingwood and Brisbane deservedly earned the top band which is mid first round for the departures of Molloy and Bates. McEvoy’s exit from Carlton was well compensated with a end of first round pick, though given Saint has been a dominant goalkicker, the Crows will be disappointed they did not receive the same compensation.

Similarly, Fremantle losing one of the most reliable key defenders in Cuthbertson for what will essentially be pick 51 seems rough, with a mid second round offer more fair. Other than that, the remainder seem about right, and for those clubs, they have some certainty around their list management for the off-season.



Adelaide: 20, 39, 40, 60
Brisbane: 12, 17, 32, 57
Carlton: 15, 21, 35, 55
Collingwood: 8, 11, 29, 48
Essendon: 14, 34, 54
Fremantle: 6, 27, 46, 51
Geelong: 13, 33, 53
Gold Coast: 16, 36, 56
GWS: 3, 24, 43
Hawthorn: 4, 25, 44
Melbourne: 18, 37, 58
North Melbourne: 19, 38, 52, 59
Port Adelaide: 5, 26, 45
Richmond: 10, 31, 50
St Kilda: 9, 30, 49
Sydney: 7, 28, 47
West Coast: 2, 23, 42
Western Bulldogs: 1, 22, 41

The PSP compensation draft selections remain in the same place regardless of where teams finish with just two exceptions. Both Brisbane and Collingwood received mid first round picks for Bates and Molloy’s departures, and therefore the team that finishes lower on the ladder – currently Collingwood – will receive pick 11, with the other taking pick 12. Both sides will end up with two selections inside the top 20.

The other exception is between Fremantle and North Melbourne, who received a mid third round pick each for Cuthbertson and Brown leaving. At this stage, Fremantle would use pick 51, with North Melbourne receiving pick 52. Finally, one interesting aspect of Adelaide receiving an end of second round pick, is if the Crows maintained their form and finished on top winning the premiership, they would have back-to-back selections at 39 and 40.


Ultimately the last four rounds of the season will play out, and for the clus who miss finals, all focus will head to the off-season. For those eight teams in the post-season series, they will battle it out until the grand final on Sunday, December 3.

The AFLW Draft date is yet to be officially confirmed, but is anticipated to be a mid-December time frame, with an ultra-quick turnaround from the season, to trade period and the draft. Clubs will be able to trade the compensation picks like normal selections.

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