Signing with a player agent won't guarantee that you will get drafted. However, a player agent can be helpful for a player leading into the draft by working in partnership with you, your club, coaches and your family.
A player agent with a good feel for the AFL industry and a strong understanding of the talent pathway can certainly be of assistance throughout this period.
There are currently 80 accredited player agents with the AFLPA. The AFLPA is the sole body responsible for the accreditation, regulation and professional development of player agents. For more information relating to player agents and the role of the AFLPA, please see the link below:
A player agent is prohibited from approaching or contacting a player, or the player’s parents/legal guardians, prior to 1 October in the calendar year in which the player is last eligible for the U/16 National Championships (e.g. top age Under 16). No agent should be approaching a player or their parents/legal guardians before this time.
A player can sign with a player agent when the player turns 17 years of age and is eligible to be selected in the next AFL National Draft. All players that sign with a player agent must sign the AFLPA's Standard Player Agent Agreement. This agreement is then lodged with AFLPA, however you should also ensure you receive a copy. If the player is under the age of 18, then a parent or legal guardian is required to also sign the Standard Player Agent Agreement.
There is technically no right time to sign with a player agent and it will come down to your own individual circumstances and the preferences of you and your family.
Some players choose to go through the process of appointing a player agent prior to the beginning of the school year to remove any possibility of a distraction. Others may wait until after any of the other significant milestones throughout the year, such as the national championships, draft combines or if they are lucky enough to be selected in either the national, preseason or rookie drafts. School holidays are also a popular time for players to meet and decide on their preferred player agent.
Once a player has decided how they would like to approach this process, they can communicate their preferences directly with all player agents via this website. We recommend you give serious thought to when you would like to be approached and update your contact preferences on this website accordingly. Remember to also regularly update your contact preferences if they change throughout the year.
Players should seek feedback from their coaches, clubs, families and friends, or other key football contacts when deciding how they should approach this process. The AFLPA can also assist if required.
You should check first to see if the agent has followed the correct procedure in making their first approach to you in writing before making any contact. If the approach isn't in writing, you should contact the AFLPA to discuss further or speak with your club's talent manager.
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