Broughton chase the Sun as Stevens finds bark
Broughton chase the Sun as Stevens finds bark

Defender Greg Broughton is headed to the Gold Coast after Fremantle agreed to a trade deal this morning.

Broughton was exchanged for the Suns' 37th selection in next month's national draft with the Dockers also parting with their No.60 selection.

The 26-year-old had played 68 matches for Fremantle, including 15 last season after being the 73rd selection in the 2009 rookie draft.

Broughton is expected to head to the Gold Coast immediately and attend the club's pre-season camp in Arizona.

"Greg has been a fine representative of the Fremantle Football Club,” Dockers general manager of player management Brad Lloyd said.

“We thank him for all his efforts at the club during his time here and wish him all the best for the future.”

Fremantle now enters the AFL National Draft on November 22 armed with a first round selection (No.17), and two second round picks (37 and 40).

Meanwhile, Western Bulldogs recruit Koby Stevens may wait less than a fortnight to play his first game for the club after being traded by West Coast yesterday.

And Gold Coast have emerged as the leading suitors for Fremantle’s Greg Broughton, who is assessing his trade options despite having a year left to run on his contract.

Stevens went to the Bulldogs, his club of choice, in exchange for pick 44 in the national draft.

The 21-year-old struggled for opportunities in three years at the Eagles, playing just 11 matches.

The Bulldogs will play Port Adelaide in an exhibition game in London on Saturday week.

Their whole squad will make the trip, giving Stevens the chance to meet his new teammates.

Originally drafted as the 23rd pick in the 2009 draft, Stevens played under Western Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney while part of the AFL Academy.

“Koby is a high-quality person with outstanding training habits and will add depth to the club’s midfield,” McCartney said.

“His big strong body along with a terrific attitude to his football make him a great acquisition to our football club.”

Stevens will return to WA early next year when the Bulldogs play Fremantle in Northam during round three of the NAB Cup.

That will come 17 years after Fremantle and Essendon cancelled a practice match in the town when temperatures soared into the 40Cs.

Next year’s game is on March 9, at 3.30pm. The average temperature in Northam at 3pm from March 4-12 this year was 37.4C.

Essendon are also returning to the scene of an abandoned game.

They chose to fly to Victorian country town Wangaratta earlier this year, but the plane couldn’t land because of bad weather.

They will drive to the venue to face Richmond in 2013.

The AFL has minimised travel by scheduling derbies in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and the Gold Coast in the opening week of the NAB Cup, when matches are played over 20 minute halves.

Fremantle and West Coast will play Geelong at Patersons Stadium on February 16. The Dockers also play Carlton on March 2.

Quinten Lynch will get his first chance to play against West Coast when his new club, Collingwood, take on the Eagles at Patersons Stadium on March 3.

The Eagles then face Port Adelaide at Alice Springs on March 9.

All games will be played for four points and percentage so the two leading clubs can play in a grand final.

St Kilda yesterday lodged the paperwork to trade ruckman Tom Hickey from the Gold Coast.

The Saints receive Hickey and picks 26 and 47 in the national draft for selections 13, 37 and 57.

Homesick Saint Jamie Cripps is yet to achieve his wish of being traded to West Coast. St Kilda haven’t given up hope of convincing the Eagles to trade key defender Mitch Brown.

The West Australian

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