How your club went in the AFL trading period.
Disastrous. The Crows will face massive penalties if the AFL rules against them over their contract with outgoing key forward Kurt Tippett. There was no trade for him, meaning Tippett will probably go through the draft for nothing. They also lost Chris Knights under free agency with no compensation and picked up Angus Graham from Richmond.
Free agent signing Brent Moloney won Melbourne’s best-and-fairest award last year. The Lions also went to the Demons to boost their ruck and forward options, giving up two low draft picks for Stefan Martin.
New coach Mick Malthouse clearly feels bullish about his team’s prospects. The Blues were very quiet over the trade period, apart from sending Jordan Russell to the Magpies.
One of the big players - in gains and losses. After they signed West Coast free agent Quinten Lynch, the writing was on the wall for Chris Dawes, who ended up at Melbourne. Sharrod Wellingham goes home to the Eagles, but Hawthorn free agent Clinton Young is an obvious replacement. The Dawes and Wellingham deals mean they now have three round-one draft picks. Tom Young heads to the Western Bulldogs for a low pick and Carlton’s Jordan Russell joins them under free agency.
The Bombers landed the biggest fish, enticing free agent Brendon Goddard from St Kilda in a potentially-massive boost to their midfield. They are also bullish about father-son recruit Joe Daniher, who was regarded as a top-two pick in the national draft. Their only other trade was Angus Monfries to Port Adelaide.
The Dockers’ lists looks reasonably healthy and Port Adelaide free agent Danyle Pearce will be a handy boost. They were bit trade players otherwise, losing Greg Broughton to Gold Coast for a second-round draft pick.
A massive trade period and a major change of tack for the Cats, who feel that they can prise open their premiership window again. Breaking their habit of not recruiting experienced players, they picked up North Melbourne ruckman Hamish McIntosh and Melbourne defender Jared Rivers. They also recruited Gold Coast youngster Josh Caddy, while free agent Shannon Byrnes goes to Melbourne.
The Suns picked up experienced players Greg Broughton (Fremantle) and Tom Murphy (Hawthorn) through free agency. Josh Caddy goes to Geelong and as a result of that deal, they now have the two compensation picks that the Cats originally received for losing Gary Ablett to Gold Coast. Tom Hickey is also off to St Kilda.
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
The Giants were very busy as they chased high draft picks. They gained pick two from Gold Coast and Nos.3 and 14 from Melbourne, plus 12 from St Kilda and 29 from the Giants. Promising key defender Jack Hombsch left for Port Adelaide.
Clearly focussed on reorganising their defence, with Western Bulldogs fullback Brian Lake the big signing. They also sent Stephen Gilham to GWS and recruited fellow key defender Matt Spangher from Sydney. The losing grand finalists lost free agents Clinton Young (Collingwood) and Tom Murphy (Gold Coast).
The big win was only having to give up a second-round draft pick to snare father-son pick Jack Viney. The Demons gave their list the cleanout it needed, picking up experience in Shannon Byrnes (Geelong), Chris Dawes (Collingwood), David Rodan (Port Adelaide) and Cam Pedersen (North Melbourne). Among those shown the door were Brent Moloney and Stefan Martin (Brisbane), Jared Rivers (Geelong) and Jordan Gysberts (North Melbourne). Finally cut their losses with Cale Morton, the No.4 pick in the 2007 draft, who only cost West Coast selection 88.
The Kangaroos lost ruckman Hamish McIntosh to Geelong, but he was struggling to break into their senior side. Cam Pedersen heads to Melbourne in a swap for Jordan Gysberts and Aaron Edwards goes to Richmond.
The trade period started horribly for the Power when they lost Danyle Pearce (Fremantle) and Troy Chaplin (Richmond) under free agency. Essendon forward Angus Monfries is the biggest name to join the Power, while David Rodan goes to Melbourne.
Power free agent Troy Chaplin is a very handy addition to the Tigers’ defence. Ruckman Angus Graham goes to the Crows, while they picked up Adelaide free agent Chris Knights and North forward Aaron Edwards. A club that see themselves on the rise.
Tried very hard to recruit defender Mitch Brown from West Coast, but the Eagles made it clear that was never going to happen. They also lost Jamie Cripps to the Eagles because he wanted to return to his home state. Apart from Gold Coast youngster Tom Hickey, they also recruited Sydney’s Trent Dennis-Lane - a curious trade, given the Saints are not lacking small forwards.
Their audacious bid for Adelaide’s Kurt Tippett failed, leaving the premiers to try to improve their draft picks. Trent Dennis-Lane (St Kilda), Campbell Heath (Port Adelaide) and Matt Spangher (Hawthorn) are the departures - none played in the grand final.
A solid trade period, after they were able to pick up Sharrod Wellingham (Collingwood) and Jamie Cripps (St Kilda). And perhaps Cale Morton will benefit from a change of scenery. They also held onto Mitch Brown, despite St Kilda’s best efforts. Koby Stevens goes to the Western Bulldogs and Lewis Stevenson heads to the Power.
The rebuilding Dogs held onto their early picks and will have three first-round selections (including five and six) after two-time All-Australian fullback Brian Lake went to the Hawks for pick 22. Their main recruit was West Coast’s Koby Stevens and they lost Brian Lake to Hawthorn, while Lachie Hunter is a father-son selection.