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.
Geelong was the big players on day 14 of the trade period, securing three big name deals.
The Cats, although they had already announced the deal, confirmed the signing of Gold Coast midfielder Josh Caddy. It was revealed today that Geelong’s Gary Ablett compensation, as well as pick 55, was on its way to Gold Coast for the 20-year-old.
Geelong also confirmed the signing of unrestricted free agent Jared Rivers. The former Melbourne defender signed a two-year deal at Geelong, ending a 150-game career at the Dees. The Cats will hope Rivers can plug the hole left by retiring Geelong champion Matthew Scarlett in defence.
Finally, Geelong secured North Melbourne ruckman Hamish McIntosh on a three-year contract. McIntosh had been heavily linked to Geelong throughout the trade period, and eventually put pen-to-paper on the deal today. As reported on day six of From the Sideline’s tradecoverage, the Cats gave up pick 36 for McIntosh.
A deal taking Kurt Tippett to Sydney is believed to be close to completion. Out-of-favour forward Jesse White today flew to Adelaide for a medical examination and a meeting with Brenton Sanderson to discuss being apart of the Tippett trade. With Adelaide running the risk of losing Tippett for nothing through the pre-season draft, they are believed to have agreed on a trade that would see them acquire White and pick 22 for the 24-year-old forward. The deal could go through as early as tomorrow, although it is likely to be finalised next week.
The future of three free agent’s are likely to be decided tomorrow when the free agency period closes at 5.00pm. Hawthorn defender Clinton Young joins Carlton defender’s Jordan Russell and Bret Thornton in looking for new clubs. While Hawthorn is believed to be keen on retaining Young, the future’s of Russell and Thornton look less promising, with the Blues set to discard their two former players.
After acquiring pick 36 as part of the Hamish McIntosh trade, North Melbourne are now set to offer it straight to Port Adelaide for youngster Ben Jacobs.
Former Melbourne forward Liam Jurrah isn’t likely to be playing AFL football next year after Port Adelaide ended their interest in the 24-year-old, From the Sideline understands. While Port Adelaide had contacted his management, they were never overly keen on the mercurial player, and have apparently passed up on their interest.
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 15’s news and rumours