Trade and FA

Barlow and Henderson find new homes

Michael Barlow and Ricky Henderson have found new homes at Gold Coast and Hawthorn respectively after the conclusion of a low-key first delisted free agency period.

Barlow, 28, played 126 games for Fremantle, but was cut by the Dockers at season’s end.

He had been linked with a possible move to Adelaide, but agreed on a two-year deal to join the Suns, who have added substantial experience in the post-season.

The Suns picked up Jarryd Lyons, Pearce Hanley and Jarrod Witts during the recent trade period.

“I’m just super excited to come to a group that sees real worth for my attributes,” Barlow said.

“As I said the demographic of the group, we’re going to have four picks inside the top 20 and some players that showed some real growth last year as well as the inclusions of guys like (Jarryd) Lyons, (Pearce) Hanley and (Jarrod) Witts.

“…There’s a real excitement around the group speaking to guys like David Swallow, Michael Rischitelli, they can’t speak highly enough of where this club’s going and the dynamics of it internally.”

The Suns confirmed on Tuesday that Jarrod Garlett had been granted a release from the club on family reasons. The 20-year-old will return to Western Australia and having recently signed a two-year-deal with the Suns, won’t be able to resume his AFL career until at least 2019.

Meanwhile, Henderson has extended his AFL career by signing on as a delisted free agent for the Hawks.

Henderson, who has played 90 games in seven years with the Crows, joins the off-season merry go round at the Hawks, joining Tom Mitchell, Jaeger O’Meara and Ty Vickery as off-season acquisitions.

“Ricky is a terrific addition to our list and has the versatility to play both in the midfield and across half-back,” Hawks list manager Graham Wright said.

“We look forward to welcoming him to the club and seeing what he can produce in the brown and gold.”

The expiry of the first delisted free agency period leaves several players still unsure of their future, including ex-Swan Xavier Richards and ex-Lion Josh Green.

Also currently without a club are former Melbourne pair Jack Grimes and Chris Dawes, ex-Fremantle duo Alex Silvagni and Matt de Boer and ex-Blue Andrejs Everitt.

Nick Dal Santo confirmed on Tuesday that he was retiring after 322 games for North Melbourne and St Kilda.

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