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.
After several long hours of debating, Port Adelaide has allowed Troy Chaplin to leave for Richmond. The defender was deemed a required player at the Power, however they allowed the free transfer to go ahead after acquiring a ‘detailed medical opinion’. Port Adelaide released a statement that read, ‘Chaplin needed serious knee surgery towards the end of 2012 and while we hope he has many years of football left, we’re not prepared to commit to the same extent Richmond is.’ Chaplin signed a four-year deal at the Tigers.
Melbourne has completed its first free agency deal this October, signing Geelong player Shannon Byrnes on a two-year contract. The small forward is a two-time premiership playing, enjoying success at the Cats in both 2007 and 2009.
Brisbane has reaffirmed its position regarding Kurt Tippett, with the Lions confirming they are still in the race for his signature. Brisbane’s interest could mean more competition for the Gold Coast, while it is believed Sydney’s $1 million a season offer still stands.
Collingwood midfielder Sharrod Wellingham looks set to walk from the club after telling the Pies he wanted to be traded this October. Wellingham has nominated West Coast as his preferred club, however as reported yesterday the Eagles have gone cold on the player. Fremantle remains another option if he commits to heading west.
Essendon utility Henry Slattery will definitely leave this October and could end up at Port Adelaide. Bombers coach James Hird confirmed that Slattery had played his last game at Essendon.
Henry Slattery’s decision to leave Essendon could spark a mass exodus from Windy Hill. It is believed that forward Scott Gumbleton has an offer on the table from Fremantle, while Angus Monfries is still weighing up a four-year deal at Port Adelaide.
Brisbane will look at free agency as a way to boost their stocks for 2013, with their recruiting manager stating both Melbourne midfielder Brent Moloney and Hawthorn defender Clinton Young are in their sights. Both are free agents and are yet to commit with their respective clubs.
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 five’s news.