AFL Trade Period Recap – Day 7
In what was arguably the biggest day of the trade period so far, Hawthorn champion Jordan Lewis joined Melbourne and a three-team trade saw Gold Coast nab Pearce Hanley. Here are each team’s confirmed moves and updates on rumoured trades.
Adelaide: Still want to trade for Bryce Gibbs, but talks with Carlton have stalled after the Blues knocked back an offer of Gibbs for pick #13 and Jarryd Lyons. Interest in Tom Rockliff all but gone as the club is focused on securing Gibbs.
Brisbane Lions: Traded away Irishman Pearce Hanley in a three-team deal, netting the club a 2nd round pick (as of publishing, pick #22) from the Gold Coast Suns and a 1st round pick in the 2017 Draft from Port Adelaide. No new updates on Tom Rockliff, despite being linked to Collingwood and Adelaide during the trade period.
Carlton: Billie Smedts could be the player the Blues get in return for defender Zach Tuohy, as Smedts may look for a new club to restart his injury-riddled career. A package deal of Caleb Marchbank, Jarrod Pickett (both nominated the club as their preferred destinations) and James Stewart from GWS has taken a blow after Stewart stated that he would like to head to the Bombers.
Collingwood: Longtime Demon Lynden Dunn appears to be on the Pies radar, as its defensives stocks have taken a massive hit after the departures of Jack Frost to Brisbane, Nathan Brown to St Kilda and Jonathan Marsh, who recently requested a trade back to Western Australia. The Travis Cloke deal has yet to be completed but with the Bulldogs receiving (among others) pick #61 in its Joel Hamling trade, Collingwood could request the pick to ensure it has enough draft points to secure two father-son recruits on draft day.
Essendon: No completed trades but are rumoured to be offering its 2017 1st round pick and two 2nd round picks (one from 2016 and 2017 or both from 2017) to the Suns to secure Jeager O’Meara. Michael Hibberd is still expected to join Melbourne but both the Bombers and Demons are still negotiating on whether the compensation (a 2nd round pick) will come this year or next year. Greater Western Sydney forward James Stewart nominated the Dons as his preferred destination, after playing just 18 games since his debut for the Giants in 2013.
Fremantle: Have had arguably the best trade period of any club which continued today after securing the Western Bulldogs premiership defender Joel Hamling, as well as picks #40 and #63 in the upcoming draft.
Geelong: Still interested in both Brett Deledio and Zach Tuohy, but a lack of high picks and players who want to leave could scuttle both trades. The Tigers were interested in Steven Motlop and Josh Caddy but both are happy at the Cats, while the Blues asked about Darcy Lang who knocked back the club. Billie Smedts is the latest player rumoured to be involved in the Tuohy trade, but it is unknown whether he wants to stay or leave.
Gold Coast: Got its wish in securing a high-level mature talent in Pearce Hanley, and could still receive high picks in the draft if deals for Jaeger O’Meara and Dion Prestia. Rumours of a possible offer from Essendon involving three picks could force Hawthorn to give the Suns more than originally planned, while the Tigers should give up pick #6 in return for Prestia. Either way, the club appears to head into next season in a strong position if it can get several high picks for its two want away stars.
Greater Western Sydney: Forward James Stewart nominated Essendon as his preferred destination, due to his inability to crack the Giants current forward line. Youngsters Caleb Marchbank and Jarrod Pickett want to go to Carlton, but other deals such as the Bryce Gibbs trade may need to be completed first in order for GWS to get a fair return for the players.
Hawthorn: Five days after trading Sam Mitchell, the club sent its Best and Fairest runner-up to Melbourne for picks #48 and #66. The club could be left with egg on its face if it’s unable to complete the O’Meara deal, as two club champions will have been shipped off with little return given their abilities.
Melbourne: As mentioned above, the Demons got their man in Jordan Lewis, who will add class to a midfield on the up and up. His experience and leadership, even if he doesn’t assume the captaincy, will be vital as Melbourne chases finals football in 2017.
North Melbourne: No new updates on a possible trade of former All-Australian ruckman Todd Goldstein.
Port Adelaide: Got themselves involved in the Suns and Lions trade for Pearce Hanley, which netted them Brisbane’s priority pick (#19) and Gold Coast’s 2nd round pick (#30). The club gave up pick #67 to the Suns and its 2017 1st round pick to the Lions, which could be disastrous if the Power don’t have a strong season.
Richmond: Still have yet to make a trade, but are involved in talks with several clubs. The Tigers don’t want to relinquish its 1st round pick this season (#6) but could be forced to if the Suns are offered a similar deal by a rival club. Deledio looks set to stay at Punt Road, but Geelong could up their offer in their chase for the former 1st overall pick. Sydney ruckman Toby Nankervis today requested a trade to the Tigers, after not being able to hold down a spot in the Swans senior team.
St Kilda: After securing veteran defender and free agent Nathan Brown from Collingwood, the Saints appear done in the trade/free-agency period. Sam Fisher is the club’s only loose end as it appears the club may delist him.
Sydney: Xavier Richards and Toby Nankervis requested trades, Richards to any Victorian side and Nankervis to Richmond. It is unknown what clubs are interested in Richards, as he seeks a move away from Sydney due to its high cost of living. Nankervis wants a consistent spot as a team’s number one ruckman.
West Coast: No new trade updates after last weeks shocking trade for Sam Mitchell.
Western Bulldogs: After last week requesting a trade back home to Western Australia, defender Joel Hamling got his wish as the club traded the premiership winner and picks #40 and #63 to Fremantle. In return, the Dogs got picks #35, #43 and #61. Its trade for Travis Cloke should now be completed as the club should give up pick #61 for the forward.