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 a barren few days of trade period action, finally the ball got rolling again. The Gold Coast kicked us off when they signed unlucky Hawthorn defender Tom Murphy as a free agent. The 26-year-old was involved in Hawthorn’s preliminary final victory over Adelaide, however was dropped for the Grand Final the next week. It is believed the 95-game player has signed a two-year deal at the Suns.
Brisbane completed their negotiations with Brent Moloney, signing the former Melbourne midfielder on a two-year contract as a free agent. Moloney, 28, is a former Best and Fairest winner at the Dees and led the competition for clearances in 2011. He could prove to be an extremely handy pick up for the Lions.
Collingwood forward Chris Dawes is close to leaving the Pies after confirming a trade request to Melbourne. The 24-year-old big man had a terrible 2012 season, and with the Pies signing Quinten Lynch early in the trade period, decided to look elsewhere for first team opportunities. The Bulldogs had joined the Dees in the race for the forward, with Brisbane also signaling an interest, however it seems as though Melbourne will win out. It is being widely reported that Melbourne’s pick 20 is on the table in exchange for Dawes.
The futures of Port Adelaide duo David Rodan and Jacob Surjan are set to be decided shortly after the pair were among seven Power players delisted by new coach Ken Hinkley. Rodan, 29, and Surjan, 27, could both now look for new clubs by nominating for the National Draft. Although rumours swept the footy world that Rodan could make a return to former club Richmond, From the Sideline can confirm they are wide of the mark. The Tigers may be interested in luring Surjan, however.
North Melbourne big man Cam Pedersen is moving all the more closer to leaving the Roos. It is believed that Melbourne is a potential destination for Pedersen, with the Dees reportedly offering their Brent Moloney compensation pick for the versatile player.
After acquiring one of Hawthorn’s out-of-favour defenders, the Gold Coast is set to step up the chase for another. Stephen Gilham has been touted as a possible addition to the Suns defence, however they could face stiff competition from both Port Adelaide and GWS for the defender.
Port Adelaide, who is becoming increasingly active this trade period, is also interested in signing Melbourne maestro Liam Jurrah. The Demon is currently awaiting a court hearing relating to an alleged machete-incident earlier this year, and has requested to be released by Melbourne to search for footballing opportunities in his hometown of Adelaide. The Power are believed to be the only club currently circling Jurrah.
From the Sideline can reveal that North Melbourne ruckman Hamish McIntosh today underwent and passed a medical examination at Geelong. While negotiations between the two clubs have been drawn out, the Cats are expected to offer pick 36 for McIntosh.
It is believed that Gold Coast ruckman Tom Hickey has a contract offer awaiting him at St Kilda. The youngster has been widely tipped to join the Saints this October, with pick 24 the likely trade bait.
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 next week for all of week three’s action.