It’s the final day of trade action for 2012, and as they have throughout the trade period, our experts Riley Beveridge and Jordan Witte have had their ears to the ground, hearing all of the latest rumours and whispers from the busiest time on the footballing calendar. Find out who moved where in the last installment of their trade round-ups.
Port Adelaide and Sydney kicked off a frantic day of action with 21-year-old defender Campbell Heath moving from the Swans to the Power. Heath moved along with pick 85 for Port Adelaide’s pick 72.
West Coast secured maligned Melbourne player Cale Morton. The former pick four draft pick was traded to the Eagles for the measly return of pick 88, a draft choice the Dees had earlier used to sign David Rodan.
Forward Aaron Edwards switched from North Melbourne to Richmond for pick 74. Edwards had found himself on the outer at the Kangaroos, and will look to relish the opportunity of playing alongside Jack Riewoldt.
Versatile tall Cam Pedersen finally secured his desired move to Melbourne from the Kangaroos. After weeks of speculation, Pedersen moved to the Dees with pick 74 for 21-year-old midfielder Jordan Gysberts and pick 63.
Hawthorn has added another defender to their list, acquiring former Sydney player Matthew Spangher. The Hawks received Spangher along with pick 72, giving their Grand Final rivals pick 66 in exchange.
After receiving Spangher, there was no room for backman Stephen Gilham on Hawthorn’s list. The defender was traded to GWS along with picks 28 and 65 for Northern Territory zone selection Jed Anderson and picks 29 and 68.
Melbourne finally relented on their demands for Stefan Martin, allowing the ruckman to leave for Brisbane in exchange for picks 53 and 73. The Dees were initially believed to be looking for pick 33 for the player.
Collingwood and North Melbourne exchanged draft picks in order for the Pies to get a higher selection, whilst offloading a pick. Collingwood gave North Melbourne picks 42 and 48 for the Roos’ pick 39.
Sydney crumber Trent Dennis-Lane has left the premiers to bolster St Kilda’s already impressive list of small forwards. In somewhat of a shock, Dennis-Lane was traded to the Saints for pick 47.
Just two minutes before the trade period’s 2.00pm deadline, defender Jamie Cripps finally sealed his desired move to West Coast. Cripps joined the Eagles along with pick 46 in exchange for West Coast’s picks 41 and 44.
In the trade period’s biggest rumour-turned-scandal, Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett wasn’t allowed to seek his requested move to Sydney. An embargo was placed on Tippett, not allowing him to sign for any club until his contract saga was fully investigated by the AFL. A $200k salary cap breach is currently being looked into by the AFL, with Tippett a chance to be suspended for up to 12 months.
Despite talking a big gamble throughout the trade period, North Melbourne missed out on a number of players on their long wish list. The Roos couldn’t secure deals for either Port Adelaide’s Ben Jacobs and the Gold Coast’s Taylor Hine in a somewhat disappointed trade period for the club.
As reported on From the Sideline throughout the trade period, West Coast ended up refusing to budge letting go of defender Mitch Brown. He will now remain and Eagle for 2013 despite a series of offers from St Kilda.
Out-of-favour Sydney forward Jesse White didn’t complete his move to Adelaide as part of the Kurt Tippett deal. White was the forgotten name in amongst the Tippett debacle, and has been left stranded following the eruption of fresh claims of a salary cap breach.
The Gold Coast’s Josh Toy didn’t end up finding a home in Victoria, leaving the 20-year-old in limbo ahead of the National Draft.
North Melbourne pair Matt Campbell and Cruize Garlett weren’t picked up by clubs after requesting to leave the Kangaroos earlier in the trade period.
St Kilda will retain Farren Ray after the player rejected a proposed move to Melbourne today. The Dees and the Saints reportedly agreed to a trade for Ray, who refused the opportunity of moving clubs.
Melbourne forward Liam Jurrah didn’t find a new home in the trade period of requesting to leave the Dees at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
Free agent’s Brett Thornton, Raphael Clarke and Steven Salopek all couldn’t be traded by their clubs after initially missing out on being picked up as free agents.
Kurt Tippett will most likely nominate for the pre-season draft, rather than the national draft. This is due to Tippett being allowed to nominate his wages prior to being selected. If this occurs, GWS or the Gold Coast will be in the box seat to secure the forward, as they have picks 1 and 2 in the pre-season draft. However they may be apprehensive to take Tippett, considering he could later face sanction for his part in Adelaide’s draft tampering scandal.
Ben Jacobs is set to remain a Port Adelaide player, with the club convinced it can persuade him from nominating for the draft.
Taylor Hine is also likely stay at his original club despite interest from North Melbourne.
Mitch Brown has been forced to stay at West Coast, however with just a year remaining on his contract, is more than likely to leave for free at the end of next season.
Jesse White could nominate for the draft. He may even be delisted by the Swans following a request to leave midway through the trade period.
Josh Toy is likely to nominate for the draft after failing to find a Victorian club throughout the trade period.
Matt Campbell and Cruize Garlett are likely to leave North Melbourne after falling out with the clubs hierarchy at the end of 2012. Whether they nominate for the draft is still unknown.
Farren Ray will remain at St Kilda after refusing to leave for Melbourne on the final day of the trade period.
Liam Jurrah will not play AFL football in 2013 after failing to find a club this October. He is expected to continue playing football at SANFL level.
Brett Thornton, Raphael Clarke and Steven Salopek will all be delisted by their respective clubs and will therefore be eligible to be signed for no cost as a delisted free agent.
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 closed on Friday October 26th at 2pm.
Both Riley and Jordan would like to thank you for your continued support of their trade period coverage this October. The boys hope you’ve had just as much fun reading it as they’ve had writing it.
Until next year, thank you.