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.
Collingwood and West Coast scraped in the final deal of Day 7 as Sharrod Wellingham joined the Eagles. As reported on From the Sideline seven days ago, West Coast gave up pick 17 for the 24-year-old.
Earlier in the day, Melbourne and GWS agreed upon a deal which saw a number of draft picks switch states. Melbourne traded pick 3 and pick 13 to the Giants in return for pick 2 in the mini-draft, which they went on to select Jesse Hogan with. Hogan is a 17-year-old forward who dominated at the Under 18s Championships earlier this year. The Dees also received 18-year-old Dom Barry and pick 20 as part of the deal. The trade means GWS now have picks 1, 2, 3, 12 and 13 in this year’s draft.
In a slow day of trade action, the Josh Caddy saga continues to roll on. St Kilda have confirmed they are prepared to offer their Brendan Goddard compensation as part of the Caddy trade, however Geelong remains in the box seat with their Gary Ablett compensation.
In a twist to the Caddy saga, it is understood that earlier today St Kilda offered picks 13, 24 and 34 to the Gold Coast for Josh Caddy and Tom Hickey. The Suns are believed to have rejected the offer. With St Kilda and Gold Coast reportedly close to agreeing on pick 24 for Hickey regardless, it seems bizarre that the Suns would, in essence, reject picks 13 and 34 for Caddy. They are adamant they can negotiate two first-round draft picks for the 20-year-old. However with just two seasons and a handful of games under his belt, are the Gold Coast getting greedy over the unproven Caddy?
From the Sideline reported yesterday that Geelong was preparing to offer pick 36 to North Melbourne in exchange for ruckman Hamish McIntosh. That deal has since stalled after we came to learn that the Cats had backed out of the deal. Geelong is now believed to be offering pick 55 for McIntosh, an offer that the Kangaroos have scoffed at.
Port Adelaide is having second thoughts about acquiring Carlton free agent Jordan Russell. The Power was vesting a heavy interest in Russell, however is now reassessing their possession after it was revealed that signing the utility could lessen the compensation package that they will receive from the departure of Troy Chaplin.
Port Adelaide defender Ben Jacobs could be heading back to Melbourne after reportedly requesting a trade home. Although any deal is a long way away, St Kilda, Essendon and Richmond are believed to be chasing the player.
Hawthorn’s premiership player Clinton Young is receiving heavy interest from a number of Victorian clubs. The deadly left-footer is believed to be in hot demand, with Collingwood showing the most interest in the free agent.
Former Carlton and Brisbane superstar Brendan Fevola could be ready to make an AFL comeback. The troubled forward revealed that a number of clubs had contacted his agent, with many ‘more serious’ than they had been in 2011, when Fevola was actually looking at getting re-drafted. Despite the speculation, his agent has claimed that he is ‘no chance’ of making a comeback to the big time.
The Free Agency Period opened on Monday October 1st and closes on Friday October 19th at 5pm.
The Trade Period opened on Monday October 8th and closes on Friday October 26th at 2pm.
Remember to check back tomorrow for all of day eight’s action.