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.
The Gold Coast has secured a deal for Fremantle defender Greg Broughton after the 26-year-old was placed on the trade table by the Dockers. Broughton joins the Suns along with pick 60 for Gold Coast’s pick 37.
Collingwood has released halfback Tom Young to the Bulldogs in exchange for pick 71. Young wasn’t deemed a required player at the Pies, who allowed him to leave in order to seek greater first team opportunities.
Collingwood has then on-traded pick 71 to Carlton for out-of-favour defender Jordan Russell. The 25-year-old was controversially rejected by Port Adelaide as a free agent, however joined the Pies in a last-ditch attempt to get first team football.
Melbourne has secured Port Adelaide midfielder David Rodan in exchange for the measly draft selection of pick 88. The 29-year-old was placed on the trade table by new coach Ken Hinkley, and chose the Demons after meetings with Carlton and North Melbourne stalled.
Port Adelaide was then quick to on-trade pick 88 to West Coast for defender Lewis Stevenson. The 23-year-old had played just 10 games for the club since being drafted in 2008, failing to hold down a place in their best 22.
Maligned Melbourne midfielder Cale Morton could be on his way to West Coast after completing a medical at the Eagles earlier today. Any deal for Morton is likely to go through on deadline day, with Melbourne reportedly requesting pick 44 for the player.
Brisbane and Melbourne are in a standoff over ruckman Stefan Martin, however a deal should be completed before tomorrow’s 2.00pm cutoff. Melbourne are demanding pick 33 for Martin, however the Lions are refusing to budge on their original offer of pick 53 for the 25-year-old. It’s a case of which party will relent first.
North Melbourne and Melbourne are working frantically to figure out a deal for versatile tall Cam Pedersen. The 25-year-old has been rumoured to leave for the Dees throughout the trade period, however a deal is yet to be secured. With the two parties unable to agree on a draft pick for Pedersen, Melbourne’s out-of-favour midfielder Jordan Gysberts could be used as trade bait to secure the player.
North Melbourne is also looking to offload forward Aaron Edwards, with Richmond supposedly ‘close’ to signing the 28-year-old. Edwards failed to break into the first team for North in the back-end of 2012, leaving him with no option but to seek other options. Richmond could offer him a lifeline in exchange for a high draft pick.
The future of Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett is still shrouded in controversy following last night’s explosive draft tampering claims. The Age also broke the story of Adelaide being investigated for reported salary cap breaches, which may have involved the club paying for his brother, Joel, to move to South Australia from the Gold Coast. The AFL remains tightlipped on the issue, with Tippett now looking unlikely to seal a move to Sydney prior to tomorrow’s 2.00pm deadline.
North Melbourne is close to acquiring promising young Gold Coast tagger Taylor Hine. The 20-year-old played eight games throughout 2012, and is held in high regard by the North Melbourne recruiting staff.
Despite North Melbourne edging closer to securing Hine, a deal for Port Adelaide defender Ben Jacobs didn’t progress on the penultimate day of trade period action. Jacobs is still expected to end up at Arden Street, however both he and North Melbourne could be made to sweat, with Port Adelaide still weighing up their options over the youngster’s future.
West Coast’s refusal to budge over the future of defender Mitch Brown remains steadfast, following agent Liam Pickering’s suggestion that St Kilda offered up a fortune for the player. Pickering told Trade Radio that the Saints had bid Jamie Cripps and pick 25 for Brown, only for the Eagles to continue to reject any interest.
St Kilda could now turn their attentions to Essendon defender Cale Hooker. It is believed Hooker was the second player on the Saints’ wish list, behind Mitch Brown. Essendon are believed to be looking to offload Hooker after a disappointing 2012 season. If that stalls, rumours are rife that St Kilda could also look at Hawthorn defender Stephen Gilham as they step up their chase for a key backman.
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.