Just two days after Sydney were crowned the 2012 AFL premiers; the trade period has gotten underway. Our experts Riley Beveridge and Jordan Witte have had their ears to the ground, hearing all the latest rumours and whispers from the busiest time in the footballing calendar. Stay tuned over the next month as they give you the most comprehensive day-by-day rundown of who’s heading where.
Just days after gaining life membership at St Kilda, utility Brendon Goddard has agreed a four-year contract at Essendon. The deal, believed to be worth around $800k a season, will see the 27-year-old join the Bombers until the end of the 2016 season. St Kilda are said to have offered Goddard a three-year deal, however couldn’t match Essendon’s bid, enabling the 205-gamer the opportunity to leave for Windy Hill as per the new free agency laws.
Richmond has begun their raid on Adelaide clubs by signing Crows midfielder Chris Knights. The deal taking Knights to Punt Road made him the first AFL player to switch sides as a free agent.
The Tigers are also believed to be in the final stages of tying up a move for Port Adelaide defender Troy Chaplin.
Fremantle has made an offer to want-away Port Adelaide midfielder Danyle Pearce. As Pearce is a restricted free agent, the Power now has 72 hours to match Fremantle’s offer. It is understood that Pearce, who also attracted minor interest from North Melbourne, is in favour of the prospect of moving west and will plead with Port Adelaide to allow the deal to go ahead.
Collingwood midfielder Sharrod Wellingham is currently in Perth negotiating a move to either West Coast or Fremantle. Although the Pies are keen on retaining Wellingham, their salary cap is tight following the re-signings of Travis Cloke and Harry O’Brien. West Coast are planning on tempting Collingwood into allowing the trade to go ahead by offering their first round draft pick, while Fremantle could potentially offer ruckman Zac Clarke.
Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett has reportedly told the Crows that he will leave this off-season. The key position player has always stated his desire to go back to Brisbane, either to play for Gold Coast or the Lions, and a deal looks likely to go through this October. Despite Tippett’s management currently being in Brisbane to negotiate a deal, both Sydney and Carlton have made contact with the forward’s agent. It is understood that Tippett will reaffirm his commitment to going home by shunning both of these offers, though.
North Melbourne ruckman Hamish McIntosh is attracting the interest of Geelong. McIntosh has found it hard to break back into the North fold following a series of injuries, and the Cats could offer him a way out of Arden Street. Geelong are rumoured to be offering pick 15 for the 28-year-old.
Geelong also remain the favourites to lure Melbourne defender Jared Rivers.
The agent of Melbourne midfielder Brent Maloney has told the AFL website that he has been in contact with all 17 clubs in regards to his player. Despite this, no club has stood out as a definitive destination for Maloney.
Port Adelaide’s David Rodan looks likely to return to Victoria. There were initial rumours that Richmond were interested in their former player, however there is no merit to them. Melbourne are favourites to land the exciting midfielder.
Gold Coast youngster Josh Caddy sent Victorian clubs into a frenzy when he announced he wanted to head back home. The talented 20-year-old elected Essendon as his preferred club, however the Bombers won’t have room for him in their tight salary cap. Geelong and North Melbourne are now courting him, and whoever can come up with the best offer could land the midfielder. St Kilda could also make a late play if they’re willing to part with their compensation picks that they will receive from the Brendon Goddard deal.
Quinten Lynch’s departure from West Coast has stalled amid rumours Collingwood won’t have room for him in their salary cap. Lynch has made it clear to the Eagles that he wants out, and the Pies had stood out as early favourites to capture him. Carlton and Melbourne are lurking as potential suitors for Lynch if a move to Collingwood fails.
West Coast is also ready to lose their talented young midfielder Koby Stevens. With Stevens wanting to come back to Victoria, a likely destination is St Kilda. The Saints are set to lose their young prospect Jamie Cripps to Western Australia, and a deal involving the two seems logical.
The Free Agency Period opened on Monday October 1st and closes on Friday October 19th at 5pm.
The Trade Period opens on Monday October 8th and closes on Friday October 26th at 2pm.
Make sure you check back tomorrow for all of day two’s news.