In light of Carlton coach Mick Malthouse hitting back at suggestions Bryce Gibbs and Matthew Kruezer could be up for trade, it’s time to take at look at every club and their very own ‘untouchable’ player.
Adelaide: Patrick Dangerfield. Adelaide’s next captain and a genuine superstar. Victorian clubs will come calling once his contract expires at the end of 2015, and given Adelaide’s poor recent track record of keeping its big names, a move to Victoria would not be out of the question.
Brisbane: Daniel Rich. The Lions have just made Rich an untouchable by re-signing him for a further three years, and will need to continue to ensure he remains an untouchable if they are to enjoy any success in the years to come.
Carlton: Lachlan Henderson. He is one of Carlton’s most important players, given his ability to play forward and back. He has to remain at the Blues for the rest of his career.
Collingwood: Dane Swan. Swan becomes a free agent next year and will be almost certainly be circled by rival clubs. Having won a premiership and a Brownlow with Collingwood, Swan just may be tempted out the door.
Essendon: Jake Carlisle. The rock of Essendon’s defence and the heir-apparent to Dustin Fletcher, Carlisle is integral to Essendon’s future, and his value looks to be heightening by the week.
Fremantle: David Mundy. The Dockers’ most reliable player, Mundy is set to become a free agent next year. With a move back to Victoria amongst his options, Fremantle must lock him away as soon as they can.
Geelong: Tom Hawkins. He becomes a free-agent in 2015 but, dare I say it, he could become the Lance Franklin of that season. If the Cats win a flag or two before then as well, then he may just be tempted by a bigger salary elsewhere.
Gold Coast: Trent McKenzie. The Suns’ superboot, McKenzie is originally from the western suburbs of Melbourne, and may just be tempted to a move back home once his contract expires at the end of 2015. The Suns need to lock him away for life.
GWS Giants: Jeremy Cameron. What more can you say about this man? Forget Franklin, the Giants must ensure he remains in Western Sydney for the rest of his career,
Hawthorn: Jarryd Roughead. Hawthorn’s most important player ahead of Lance Franklin, Sam Mitchell and Luke Hodge, Roughead has the ability to play true full-forward and stroll into the middle to ruck and rove. A complete utility.
Melbourne: Jack Viney. Viney is one of few shining lights at the Melbourne Football Club, and must be an untouchable if the Demons are to ever emerge from their troubles.
North Melbourne: Todd Goldstein. Goldstein is one of the best tap ruckmen in the AFL and North’s most important player. Goldstein becomes a free agent next year and a move to a top four club in need of a quality big man may entice him.
Port Adelaide: Chad Wingard. The 20-year-old as been such an exciting player this season and has been a key to Port Adelaide’s resurgence in 2013. He must finish his career at Alberton.
Richmond: Dustin Martin. He is currently in negotiations with Richmond about his contract, and any chance that he could be courted by rival clubs must be extinguished by the Tigers. A genuine superstar of the AFL, Martin seems to have mentally and physically matured this year.
St Kilda: Ben McEvoy. McEvoy is currently holding the Saints’ fragile midfield together, but he becomes a free agent in 2015 and if the Saints are showing signs of improvement by then, he may be courted by top four clubs.
Sydney: Daniel Hannebery. Born and bred in Victoria, Hannebery must be locked away by the Swans so that the slim possibility of the midfielder returning home is avoided.
West Coast: Matt Priddis. Priddis becomes a free agent next year and given that fellow on-baller Daniel Kerr’s future is up in the clouds, a West Coast midfield lacking Priddis seems very young and shallow.
Western Bulldogs: Ryan Griffen. He should be an All-Australian this year, given the way he’s carried the Bulldogs. However, he becomes a free agent in 2015 and those shoulders may be a little sore by then. A move back home to South Australia may be on the cards.