The trade period officially opened today, and 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.
The day’s biggest shock came in the form of Bulldog defender Brian Lake moving to Hawthorn late on the first official day of the trade period. Lake, who has played 197 games with the Dogs, moved to the reigning minor-premiers along with pick 27 for Hawthorn’s pick 21 and pick 41. Lake is set to strengthen a Hawthorn defence which was rocky towards the business end of 2012, while the his departure from the Bulldogs will see a continuation in Brendan McCartney’s youth policy. The deal may have shocked many, however it was reported six days ago by From the Sideline.
Essendon forward Angus Monfries has signed a four-year deal at Port Adelaide. Despite Monfries being a free agent, the deal went through as a trade, with the Bombers receiving pick 48 for the player. This was a smart piece of business from Port Adelaide, as it means they will now keep the initial compensation from the Troy Chaplin deal, rather than accept a lesser compensation package had it gone through as free agency.
St Kilda has traded its first round draft pick, pick 12, to GWS for 21-year-old forward Tom Lee and picks 24 and 43. Lee played in the WAFL throughout 2012, however the Giants held the rights to the player after he had spent a year on Adelaide’s list after being drafted in 2008.
The Gold Coast have traded pick 2 in this year’s national draft to GWS for pick 1 in the mini-draft. This has enabled them to sign 17-year-old midfielder Jack Martin at pick 1 in the mini-draft. It is a similar deal to the one that brought Jaeger O’Meara to the club last season. Martin, like O’Meara this season, is ineligible to play in 2013 and can make his debut at the beginning of the 2014 season.
West Coast defender Mitch Brown has officially requested a trade back to Victoria. The backman could end up at St Kilda, with the Saints looking at the prospect of offering wantaway youngster Jamie Cripps for Brown. Collingwood could also be in the mix for Brown, with the Pies weighing up whether to involve him as part of the Sharrod Wellingham deal.
A deal involving North Melbourne ruckman Hamish McIntosh going to Geelong is nearing completion. The former All-Australian is believed to have agreed a contract at the Cats, and could be traded for Geelong’s second round selection, pick 36. The deal could go through as early as tomorrow.
With the Gold Coast trading pick 2 for Jack Martin, it allowed Melbourne to select father/son prospect Jack Viney with pick 26 in the national draft. Had the Suns nominated for Viney, Melbourne would have had to use their third selection for Viney. Now that the Viney saga is over, the Demons are looking at trading pick 3 to GWS for pick 2 in the mini-draft, where they would tie up a deal for 17-year-old Jesse Hogan. With this deal close to completion, the Giants are one step closer to securing picks 1, 2 and 3 in this year’s national draft.
The agent of Gold Coast midfielder Josh Caddy has confirmed that Geelong is currently in the box seat for the 20-year-old. Caddy’s manager told Trade Radio that Geelong’s offer of the compensation from the Gary Ablett move looks to be the most attractive bid on the table at the moment. St Kilda, who has pick 13,and North Melbourne, who has pick 14, remain in the hunt for Caddy.
With Kurt Tippett requesting to be traded to Sydney over the weekend, Adelaide will now turn its attentions to GWS ruckman Jonathan Giles. The mature-aged recruit is reportedly unhappy with the contract offered to him by the Giants, and could be looking for a move elsewhere.
Melbourne is believed to be targeting St Kilda player Farren Ray. The 26-year-old is out of favour at the Saints, and could be interested in the prospect of reviving his career at the Dees.
The Saints could on-trade pick 24, which they received as part of the Tom Lee deal, to the Gold Coast for young ruckman Tom Hickey. The 21-year-old has had limited chances at the Suns and will add to a growing list of tall off-season recruits at St Kilda.
Melbourne are leading the chase for Collinwood forward Chris Dawes, and are still interested in Sharrod Wellingham. The Dees could even go as far as offering picks 4 and 13 for the pair of premiership players.
Melbourne free agent Brent Moloney is desperately searching for a new club, however offers certainly aren’t coming in thick and fast. It is believed Brisbane is showing a slight interest, however From the Sideline understands that it is nowhere near the amount that is being reported.
Melbourne’s other free agent, defender Jared Rivers, could end up staying at the Dees despite interest from Geelong. The Cats are believed to have cooled their chase for the backman, however it is understood Rivers’ management are still confident in the deal going ahead.
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.
Remember to check back tomorrow for all of day seven’s action.