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.
It was a relatively quiet trade day, although it picked up late in the afternoon with a couple of huge signings. Despite this, no official moves were completed on Day 8 of the trade period.
Geelong confirmed late this evening that Josh Caddy has agreed to a deal at the Cats. In a trade saga that threatened to linger long into the final days, Geelong and Gold Coast finally agreed on a suitable trade for the 20-year-old. It is believed that the Cats have traded the Gary Ablett compensation in exchange for Caddy, with a number of draft picks still to be switched between the two clubs. Although the trade is yet to be made official, From the Sideline can confirm that the deal is done and Caddy will play for Geelong in 2013.
Free agent Brent Moloney will tomorrow sign for Brisbane after it was revealed he has agreed to a two-year contract at the Lions. The 2011 Melbourne Best and Fairest winner led the competition for clearances two years ago, however had a poor 2012 season with the Dees, leading to his exit. All that is left for Moloney to do in order to complete the deal is pass a medical examination that will take place tomorrow morning.
The big rumour around Day 8 of the trade period once again centred on Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett. It is reported that the Swans are offering pick 22, as well as former Father/Son selection Tom Mitchell for the 24-year-old power forward. Mitchell, a 19-year-old midfielder, is the son of former Sydney great Bob Mitchell. The dynamic youngster made headlines earlier this year when he recorded 42 disposals (21 of which were contested), 13 clearances, six marks and a goal in just over a half of football for the Sydney reserve side. It is believed that Adelaide is strongly considering the deal.
Hawthorn could be forced to oust two defenders from their list following the signing of Brian Lake. Both Tom Murphy and Stephen Gilham, who missed the 2012 Grand Final, could be shown the door this October. It is believed Gilham is acquiring the interest of the Gold Coast, however nothing is solid on that front. From the Sideline believes that no club is yet to contact Murphy.
North Melbourne could lose a few big men this October, with Lachie Hansen reaching boiling point over a new contract. Hansen has a new deal in front of him, however it is believed the contract is nowhere near what his management believe he is worth. Despite the lowly contract offer, North remains desperate to keep the forward. Both expansion clubs, Gold Coast and GWS, are believed to be interested in Hansen. Fremantle are also reportedly in the hunt, however From the Sideline can reveal the Dockers’ interest in slight, to say the least.
North Melbourne is also close to seeing the back of Cam Pedersen, with Melbourne interested in the versatile big man. It is believes the Dees are weighing up the prospect of offering their Brent Moloney compensation (believed to be around pick 29) for Pedersen.
Finally on the North Melbourne front, Hamish McIntosh is likely to leave Arden Street within the next week. The ruckman’s departure to Geelong stalled yesterday after From the Sideline revealed the Cats had offered a lower pick for the former All Australian. However with Geelong now tying up the Caddy deal, they can focus all of their attentions on securing McIntosh.
Fremantle has confirmed that Essendon forward Scott Gumbleton has completed a medical at the Dockers. Despite the examination taking place, Fremantle are stressing that any deal is still a long way off.
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.