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.
In the only trade completed on day 17 of the trade period, youngster Jack Hombsch has left GWS for Port Adelaide. The 19-year-old defender left the Giants, along with zone selection Jake Neade, for Port Adelaide’s pick 29.
After weeks of speculation, St Kilda are set to finally get their man, agreeing to a trade with Gold Coast for ruckman Tom Hickey. The 21-year-old is expected to officially complete the deal tomorrow, with the Saints likely to give up pick 13 in return. The deal will also involve some shuffling of lower-order draft picks, with the Saints likely to also receive picks 26 and 47 as well as Hickey, for Gold Coast’s picks 37 and 57.
Speculation is beginning to mount that Sydney will not complete a deal for Kurt Tippett by the 2.00pm deadline on Friday. The rumour mill is currently in overdrive, with Adelaide officials reportedly set to take a stand on the 24-year-old’s demands. If this is the case, Tippett will be forced to nominate for the draft and could end up at either GWS or the Gold Coast. Alternatively, Adelaide could eventually relent and accept Sydney’s offer of pick 23 and Jesse White for the player.
North Melbourne is set to face stiff competition if they are to sign midfielder Ben Jacobs from Port Adelaide. While North was originally looking to secure Jacobs with pick 38, St Kilda has come to the party and could offer the pick 26 they received from the Hickey deal for the player. Despite the late offer from St Kilda, Jacobs will continue to push for a move to the Kangaroos.
Fremantle defender Greg Broughton could be leaving the Dockers this October, however Port Adelaide has officially ruled themselves out of the race for the 26-year-old. Power officials were believed to be turned off by Broughton’s large wage demands and his request for a long-term contract. Essendon and St Kilda remain interested in the player.
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.