It’s the final week of the trade 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.
No deals were concluded on Day 16 of the AFL trade period. Although it was a quiet day, it could just mean that the remaining four days will be packed full of action.
The Gold Coast began their pre-season training today, however notably Tom Hickey and Josh Toy weren’t in attendance. While Toy is still searching for a new home in Victoria, Hickey is close to completing a trade to St Kilda. The Suns are reportedly requesting pick 13 for their youngster, however the Saints are confident they can nab Hickey for pick 25.
There may be a four-club deal underway involving Melbourne, Brisbane, North Melbourne and Port Adelaide. The complicated deal was sparked following Melbourne’s light compensation of pick 49 for losing Brent Moloney and Jared Rivers in free agency. Melbourne was originally set to give their free agency compensation to North Melbourne for versatile tall Cam Pedersen, however North weren’t interested in the watered-down selection of pick 49. The new four-way deal will see ruckman Stefan Martin leave Melbourne for Brisbane in exchange for pick 33. That selection will then be on-traded from Melbourne to North Melbourne for Cam Pedersen. The Kangaroos will then also on-trade pick 33 to Port Adelaide for midfielder Ben Jacobs. Although it’s slightly complicated, in theory it satisfies every party, with every club receiving their desired player or draft selection.
Fearing they may get nothing for losing their star player, Adelaide could eventually accept Sydney’s proposal of Jesse White and pick 23 for Kurt Tippett. Although From the Sideline reported last week that White had failed a medical at the Crows, Adelaide could relent and accept a bid involving the player regardless.
St Kilda has just four days to persuade West Coast to let go of defender Mitch Brown. Although Brown has had limited opportunities at the Eagles, the West Australian club remain adamant he is a required player. At the same time, the two clubs are attempting to work out an alternate deal that will get Jamie Cripps to West 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 tomorrow for all of the latest news and rumours from the final week of the trade period.