Thank whatever or whoever you pray to. The Gillette AFL Trade Period, presumably named after the brand of razors Melbourne supporters are inching closer to their wrists with, has ended.
A record number of players have found new homes, some have ended up on the scrap heap and the unique case of Kurt Tippett sent tremors through AFL camps in the last week of the trade period.
Without further ado, we’ll take a look at how your club did, who they bought in and the deadwood that was ejected.
Where to begin? The Crows have not exactly covered themselves in glory this time around. Firstly, they lost flanker Chris Knights to Richmond for nothing, as the AFL deemed Adelaide would receive no compensation as part of the free agency scheme. They followed up by enticing Richmond’s much-maligned beanpole ruckman Angus Graham to the club for picks 40 and 59, banking pick 50 as well. Then they sort of violated the salary cap a bit. Yeah. Oops. Kurt Tippett may yet be de-registered by the AFL, the board is in disarray and the club could yet be stripped of their draft picks.
Sat around and twiddled their thumbs looking at the shiny lights for a long while, decided they had better get a move on and promptly signed Melbourne’s Stefan Martin for the princely sum of picks 53 and 73. They also picked up Brent Moloney during free agency. No more Crazy Vossy.
Were the Blues even there? Mick Malthouse was off promoting his book, and we’re not even sure that any of the recruiting staff from Carlton were sighted at Etihad Stadium the entire two weeks. Someone must have been, because Jordan Russell was shunted to the Magpies for pick 71. Ho-hum.
The Magpies were very active. Yet to come under investigation from a science institute somewhere for trading the missing link between apes and humans, Chris Dawes was moved to Melbourne. They did get picks 20 and 45 for him, which one could argue is a cheap price for proving evolution. They also stole pick 17 off West Coast for Sharrod Wellingham, off-loaded Tom Young to the Dogs for pick 71, which they traded to Carlton for Russell, and signed Clinton Young under free agency rules. Big month for the Pies.
Started off the month committing to star father-son recruit Joe Daniher, then re-signed Scott Gumbleton, then got rid of Angus Monfries for pick 48 and a seven-place drop in free ficks for in the stats column. Topped things off by signing Brendon Goddard in a match made in heaven deal.
Didn’t hear too much out of the purple haze during trade period. They got Danyle Pearce from Port for not much, chased Wellingham for a bit, enquired after Hansen and then lost Greg Broughton to the Gold Coast for pick 37, which is sort of like your girlfriend dumping you for the local lifeguard and giving you pity sex. Oh well.
The Cats loaded up for one last massive crack at a premiership. Brought in highly-touted youngster Josh Caddy from the Suns for their Gary Ablett compensation pick, stole Hamish McIntosh from North for pick 36, signed Jared Rivers under free agency and then sat in the corner laughing at everyone else for the rest of the period. Buggers. They did lose Shannon Byrnes to Melbourne under free agency, though.
The Suns went in with pick 2 and traded that in for Jack Martin, the best 17-year-old in the country – win. Got Broughton out of Freo for a song – win. Shored up their backline and became a little bit more like Hawthorn by getting Murphy – win. They did lose Caddy and Josh Toy requested a trade home, and North very nearly snared Taylor Hine. Tom Hickey left for the Saints. Uh… bad?
Greater Western Sydney
The Giants had the all-important mini-draft picks to play with and traded them out for proper draft picks, also sending Jesse Hogan and Jack Martin to new clubs. They now hold a terrifying picks 1, 2, 3, 12 and 14 in the National Draft. They also traded out Jack Hombsch and the rights for nippy small forward Jake Neade to Port Adelaide for pick 29. Yikes.
Just quietly, the Hawks did a very good job. They got rid of Tom Murphy and Stephen Gilham to the two expansion clubs, receiving the best player coming out of the Northern Territory in Jed Anderson for pick 28. They also lost Clinton Young for nothing in the free agency market, did a deal late on Friday to secure the services of the one and only SPANG aka Matt Spangher for pick 66 and managed to bring Brian Lake from the Dogs across for nearly nothing and a swap of picks. Yippee.
Oh boy, this one almost needs some sort of table form. Superstar Cale Morton departed for West Coast at the princely sum of pick 88; that’s a drop in value of 84 draft picks, for those playing at home. Jared Rivers went to the Cats under free agency, Jordan Gysberts was sent packing to North Melbourne in exchange for Cameron Pedersen and ex-Demons Brent Moloney and Stefan Martin went to Brisbane. They went out and got megastars Shannon Byrnes under free agency, Chris Dawes for pick 20 and David Rodan for pick 88 while committing to Jack Viney with their second-round draft pick. The best thing about the trade period for the Dees was getting junior battle tank Jesse Hogan in the mini-draft by trading pick 3 to GWS. They also picked up Aboriginal speedster Dom Barry in the same deal. Good on them, sort of.
The Kangaroos lost three senior players. Hamish McIntosh wandered down the highway in return for pick 36, Cameron Pedersen netted North Jordan Gysberts from Melbourne and Aaron Edwards landed at Richmond for pick 74. They also traded pick 39 for 42 and 48 from Collingwood, giving them four picks in the top 50.
The Power played hardball on Ben Jacobs and it looks like they’ll lose him for nothing come draft time. Troy Chaplin went to Richmond under free agency and Danyle Pearce moved to Fremantle. They picked up Jack Hombsch and Jake Neade for pick 29, filling holes in defence and attack while Angus Monfries also joined the club. They had some curious delistings which included David Rodan and Mitch Banner, but Rodan was able to find a new home. They brought in Lewis Stevenson from West Coast for pick 88 and Sydney rookie Campbell Heath for pick 72. Not bad, despite the Jacobs fiasco.
The Tigers chopped Angus Graham and brought in Chris Knights, Aaron Edwards and Troy Chaplin. A various selection of draft picks with their first being at number 9 means the Tigers are well placed yet again. Go Tiges.
The Saints lost Brendon Goddard for nothing to Essendon in a massive deal that took most by surprise. They brought in highly-rated GWS pre-selection Tom Lee and some early second-round picks, signed Trent Dennis-Lane from Sydney with no time left on the clock and got rid of Jamie Cripps back to Western Australia for some later picks. They also loaded up on various draft picks.
Swannies lost Dennis-Lane to the Saints and traded SPANG to the Hawks for pick 66. They were very keen on Kurt Tippett and were reportedly offering Jesse White and pick 23, but the deal couldn’t be done. Not much to report for the premiers.
The Eagles gained Sharrod Wellingham’s services for pick 17 but lost Koby Stevens to the Western Bulldogs for pick 44. They secured Jamie Cripps very late in the piece for two second rounders. Lewis Stevenson departed and the Eagles were blessed with the presence of Christ himself Cale Morton. Not much to write home about.
As they should have, the Dogs kept the important picks 5 and 6. They brought in Koby Stevens and Tom Young, bolstering their inside midfield. Lost Brian Lake to the Hawks but managed to get a few draft picks, including one inside 25. Nice solid work in the trade period but one must imagine their major work will be done at the draft.
As there are every year, some players just couldn’t find a home. Some will nominate for the drafts and some will be back playing seniors at Manangatang for $200 a game and a bucket of hot chips.
This year, they include but are not limited to Ben Jacobs, Mitch Brown of the Eagles, Josh Toy, Tom Gillies, Sam Iles, Jacob Surjan, Kurt Tippett, Paul Bower, Mark Seaby and Lucas Cook.
Some of those names should be able to find homes elsewhere through the draft, but as always, it’s a time of year where careers end. And that’s kind of sad.
So wave goodbye to the Gillette AFL Trade Period for another year, and may we all pray that the bloody thing doesn’t come back next year.