IT promises to be a busy time for player managers during the trade period - especially those looking after Carlton players.
The Blues got to within a few goals of advancing to a preliminary final but the fact remains, if the one-point wins to both them and Geelong in round 23 had been reversed and Port Adelaide and Brisbane had gotten up, they would've finished 13th and would have been in no position to take Essendon's spot in the finals.
Coach Mick Malthouse is likely to oversee plenty of movement in and out of Visy Park next month.
After the odd spray, the mosquito fleet of Eddie Betts, Chris Yarran and Jeff Garlett simply hasn't drawn enough blood and could finally be swatted once and for all.
With Garlett (43 goals in 22 games) clearly the best performed, Betts and Yarran may be expendable but, nonetheless, will be in high demand with rivals hoping to get the best out of their talents.
Moving from defence to attack in 2013, Yarran finished with 26 goals in 21 games, with just 10 majors in his last 13, while Betts kicked 27 goals in 18 games after hauls of 48 and 50 the previous two seasons.
Wherever they end up, they will be able to take with them the recognition of being named in our second annual Undies outfit - a line-up of the competition's biggest underachievers from season 2013.
Joining them are teammates Jarrad Waite and Shaun Hampson.
Waite, 31, kicked three goals in the Blues' semi-final loss to Sydney on Saturday night but, again, missed far too much footy in 2013 due to injury and back-to-back suspensions, finishing with 27 goals from 14 games.
Confined to the VFL before getting injured, ruck-forward Hampson is clearly out of favour with Malthouse, if not with model girlfriend Megan Gale.
While the lure of playing under new coach Paul Roos will be tempting, Melbourne's Colin Sylvia and Jack Watts could also be on the move.
Sylvia, the No.3 draft pick in 2003, again did not stand up when the Demons needed him to. The half-forward hasn't kicked so few goals (nine) since his second season but played more games than he ever has (19).
Watts, the No.1 pick in 2008, was played everywhere and did kick a couple of bags of four goals, but couldn't get a spot in the top 10 in the club's best and fairest.
A Demon who is unlikely to get a chance at a third club is key defender Tom Gillies. His axing comes two years after Hawthorn offered big bucks to lure him from Geelong.
Brisbane is sure to be active during the 'meat market' with homesickness obviously holding back the careers of pacey midfieldersVictorian Patrick Karnezis and Jared Polec, who was drafted from South Australia at No.5 in 2010 but played just one senior game in 2013.
After his elimination final dummy spit, Collingwood may throw the baby that is Heath Shaw out with the bath water.
He can be a great attacking defender but discipline is an obvious issue. He gave away 24 free kicks this season and won just nine.
He has a deserved placed among the Undies' backs as has Gold Coaster David Swallow.
Although contracted to Suns for another 12 months, you have to wonder how much the 2010 No.1 pick is enjoying being pushed out of the midfield to accommodate Jaeger O'Meara and co.
Spearheading the Undies side for the second year is Essendon's Michael Hurley who, for all his promise averaged less than one contested mark a match and kicked just 24 goals in 16 games - half the number Cat Tom Hawkins managed with a bad back.
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