It’s deadline day of the free agency period, 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.
On the final day of the free agency period, premiership defender Clinton Young has left Hawthorn for Collingwood. The halfback was in demand, with Port Adelaide making a late play for the 26-year-old, however he held out for his dream move to the Pies. It came despite Hawthorn being keen on retaining their 116-game player.
Richmond ruckman Angus Graham has completed a move to Adelaide. The Crows acquired Graham as a player who could provide back up to current ruckman Sam Jacobs. The 25-year-old moved to Adelaide along with pick 50, while Richmond received pick 40 in exchange.
Uncontracted players Lachie Hansen and Scott Gumbleton have staved off rival interest to sign new deals at North Melbourne and Essendon respectively. As From the Sideline had continually reported throughout the trade period, both players put pens-to-paper on new deals, ignoring interest from elsewhere. Hansen is believed to have inked a two-year deal at the Roos, while Gumbleton has signed a one-year extension at Essendon.
Promising young West Coast midfielder Koby Stevens has elected the Western Bulldogs as his preferred club after requesting a trade from the Eagles. The highly regarded youngster was in high demand, however chose a move to the Dogs over the likes of Essendon and St Kilda. A deal is likely to be concluded next week.
St Kilda is set to triumph over North Melbourne in the race for talented young Gold Coast ruckman Tom Hickey. It was reported earlier today that Collingwood was ready to make a late play for the youngster, however From the Sideline can confirm that St Kilda’s pick 24 should be enough to settle the deal.
A deal taking Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett to Sydney could be further away from completion than first thought, after it was revealed that Jesse White had reportedly failed a medical examination at the Crows. White was likely to move to Adelaide along with pick 22 for Tippett, however his failure to adequately complete the medical means a third party may need to involve themselves in order to satisfy every party. That third party looked to be Carlton, when the rumour mill went into overdrive that they had entered negotiations. It was rumoured that Carlton would offer pick 11 to the Crows, who would give Tippett to Sydney. The Swans would then give pick 22 to Adelaide, while Luke Parker would end up for the Blues’ first-round draft pick. From the Sideline can reveal that the rumours are completely false and have absolutely no substance whatsoever.
Brisbane is set to target Melbourne ruckman Stefan Martin. It is believed that the Lions were disappointed about missing out on both Tippett and Chris Dawes, and could look to Martin to satisfy their need for a tall player.
Rumours began to circulate last night that GWS was prepared to let go of pick 2 in order to sign a big-name player. While St Kilda quickly rejected any speculation that they would let go of Sam Fisher for the first-round draft pick, it is understood that the Giants could continue to shop around. Carlton’s Bryce Gibbs and Richmond’s Brett Deledio could be their next targets.
Four players were left stranded by the 5pm deadline of the AFL’s free agency period. Carlton defender’s Jordan Russell and Bret Thornton, Port Adelaide utility Steven Salopek and St Kilda defender Raphael Clarke are all without homes following the close of the free agency window. The players can now choose to remain at their clubs, request to be delisted or nominate for the National Draft.
St Kilda will receive pick 13 for the loss of Brendon Goddard (to Essendon).
Port Adelaide will receive picks 30 and 31 for the loss of Danyle Pearce (to Fremantle) and Troy Chaplin (Port Adelaide).
Melbourne will receive pick 49 for the loss of Brent Moloney (to Brisbane) and Jared Rivers (to Geelong).
West Coast will receive pick 62 for the loss of Quinten Lynch (to Collingwood).
Hawthorn will receive pick 66 for the loss of Clinton Young (to Collingwood).
Adelaide will receive no compensation for the loss of Chris Knights (to Richmond).
Geelong will receive no compensation for the loss of Shannon Byrnes (to Melbourne).
Hawthorn will receive no compensation for the loss of Tom Murphy (to Gold Coast).
The Free Agency Period opened on Monday October 1st and closed 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 the latest news and rumours from the final week of the trade period.