Trade Period Final Week: Final 48 Hours Wrap – Chaos reigns as Tippett trouble overshadows fringe trades

The 2012 trade period finished not with a whimper, but with bang. Not only were an assortment of players on the fringe and outer finding new homes, but perhaps the biggest trade of all – Kurt Tippett, didn’t occur due to the previously reported shock announcements from AFL House. But, as the plot thickened for some, it was business as usual for many others.

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Thursday

As soon as the morning began, the trades did too. The touted trade of Greg Broughton to Port Adelaide didn’t occur but Broughton indeed was on the move. The Gold Coast Suns pounced, grabbing him for pick 37 and receiving pick 60 along with Broughton in return. The relatively cheap price of the recently turned 26 year-old shocked some, but it seems he wasn’t in Fremantle coach Ross Lyon’s future plans.

Broughton played 68 games over 4 seasons at the Dockers, known for his consistency (averaging 22 disposals a game) in defense and up the ground.

After a troubled 2012, Greg Broughton looked to the Suns and found a new home. (Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/harryhowe)

It was then announced that both Cale Morton (Melbourne) and Aaron Edwards (North Melbourne) had been spotted at West Coast and Richmond HQs respectively the day before, and that trades were expected to be done on the day.

The next trade through was the Bulldogs grabbing another young fringe player to bolster their list. 20 year-old utility Tom Young moved from the Magpies after being picked up in their (now defunct) NSW scholarship program. Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney said that he was a long-term prospect, and his fierce competitiveness attracted the Dogs to him.

The Dogs snagged Young with pick 71 in the draft.

Collingwood would soon after use that pick 71 to pick up Carlton’s Jordan Russell – a rather token pick for a player that would have been delisted ahead of the delisted free-agency period if not traded for. The trade assured he’d get to Collingwood with the minimum of fuss.

In between those two deals, David Rodan took to twitter to announce that he was going to become a Demon. That proved to be true, with the Demons giving pick 88 (again, a token deal for a player that was to be delisted) to Port Adelaide for the veteran player.

New Demon David Rodan took to Twitter to announce his move.

This would begin a big round-robin involving pick 88, with the pick eventually ending up back at the Demons. The second detour it took on its loop was to the West Coast Eagles, who were traded the pick for medium defender Lewis Stevenson. Stevenson was behind the pecking order at the Eagles, with strong players like Shannon Hurn and Beau Waters being well ahead of him. His strong form in the WAFL for Claremont did not go unnoticed though, with Port Adelaide snagging him to boost their defense.

The Tigers came forward in the afternoon reporting that Aaron Edwards fitness test with them had gone well, and that they were close to announce a deal for the Kangaroos’ forward.

Meanwhile, it was relief for another veteran. Michael Osborne, the Hawthorn player who missed a fair chunk of 2012 through injury and was not targeted during the free agency period, had a new deal from the Hawks on offer, officially taking him off the table.

The Saints still struggled trying to pry Mitch Brown out of the hands of West Coast. Brown’s manager declared that the Saints had a ‘fair deal’ on the table (Jamie Cripps and pick 25), but the Eagles refused to budge. Indeed, they were true to their word, and there was no news on the final day either. He remains contracted and will be an Eagle in 2013.  There was talks of a three-way trade with Essendon involving Cale Hooker, but Hooker was reluctant to leave and the deal didn’t go through.

Friday

Another flurry began on Friday morning, with news coming out that Aaron Edwards was leaving North Melbourne, while Jordan Gysberts was coming in for Cam Pedersen to go to the Demons.

As the clubs met for the final trade session, Aaron Edwards was traded for pick 74. North then on-traded that pick, along with Pedersen, to Melbourne for Gysberts and pick 63.

In other smaller moves, defender Campbell Heath and pick 85 went to Port Adelaide for pick 72. The medium defender had two knee reconstructions early in his career and played only 2 senior AFL games, however he managed to play a full season in the NEAFL for the Swans Reserves this year as the Swans re-rookied him after delisting him last year.

Campbell Heath grapples with Ted Richards at the Swans – his new intra-club matches will include good mate John Butcher at Port Adelaide. (Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattygmoses)

Heath is a close friend of Port Adelaide forward John Butcher, who was ecstatic that his old friend would be joining him at the club. Port football manager Peter Rohde said that Heath’s resilience and consistency had impressed them.

Pick 88 finished its journey around the country back to Melbourne, as previous #4 draft pick Cale Morton headed back home West to the Eagles. Although it seems a shame that such a high pick has ended up at such an impasse, Cale said he wanted to emulate the feats of his big brother Mitch Morton, who won a premiership with the Sydney Swans this year, and re-establish himself with a new playing group.

#4 draft pick Cale Morton went home to WA for practically nothing, hoping to start fresh. (Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35641693@N02/)

As the barrage continued, Hawthorn used pick 66, their compensation for losing free agent Clinton Young to the Pies, to pick up versatile utility Matt Spangher and pick 72 from the Swans. Spangher could be seen as little more than ‘insurance’ for the Hawthorn back-line, but he impressed up forward late in 2011 for Sydney and can be a genuine swingman.

News then began to trickle out that veteran Hawthorn defender Stephen Gilham was heading off to Greater Western Sydney, and suddenly the previous Spangher move made a lot more sense. The Hawks received NT-zone prelisted player Jed Anderson for Gilham along with a very slight downgrade of picks.

Gilham was a big part of the Hawks 2008 premiership victory but has struggled with injury since. His inclusion will add much needed experience to the under siege backline of the Giants until their younger prospects develop. His manager said that with the recruitment of Brian Lake, Gilham was looking for more assured senior opportunities and believed he would fit in well with Phil Davis and Tim Mohr at the Giants.

Stephen Gilham left the Hawks for opportunity, adding experience to the Greater Western Sydney backline. (Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pbo/)

Anderson was a part of GWS’s 2010 scholarship program and has played the past two seasons in the NEAFL for the NT Thunder, who have had a lot of success in his time there. He can play midfield or half-back and is known for his hard running and attack on the contest. At only 18 he will join the Hawks younger midfield stocks as the older brigade finish their careers.

After lunch, with an hour to go in the trade period, the Lions pounced on Melbourne ruck/forward Stefan Martin, grabbing him for the fairly small price of picks 53 and 73. List manager Rob Kerr has taken a miserly approach since the debacle of their 2009 trade period and this was no exception, grabbing a player to fill a need at a bargain basement price.

North Melbourne grabbed picks 42 and 48 from Collingwood while giving them their pick 39, perhaps indicating that they have plans to take extra players in that region of the draft.

With 10 minutes remaining, the Saints got two deals done. They grabbed medium forward Trent Dennis-Lane from the Swans for pick 47 and traded pick 46 and Jamie Cripps to the Eagles for picks 41 and 44. This essentially left them with two picks still in the 40s, just upgraded and with a change of players.

Dennis-Lane was an emergency for the Swans 2012 Grand Final win and will support the Saints forward brigade, while Cripps was always expected to go to the Eagles after announcing his intentions to return home early in the trade period.

So 27 trades and 10 free agency moves later, it was over. As quickly as it had begun the trade period was over.

The AFL Players Association considered the changes of the longer trade period and free agency a success.

We now await the fate of Kurt Tippett, as the AFL probes into a number of possible breaches outside of his contract, including a deal in getting his brother to Adelaide and a possible $200,000 payment outside the cap. The AFL said firmly that no deals involving Tippett were to be done until they had concluded their investigations. As they hadn’t, Tippett’s future remains in limbo, with the draft looking more and more likely to be his main option.

Join BigFooty News in November as we cover the Delisted Player Free Agency period (beginning this Thursday, November 1st) and of course, the NAB AFL Draft.

Completed Trades (Final two days):

Gold Coast Suns traded second round draft pick (#37) to Fremantle for Greg Broughton and third round draft pick (#60)

Western Bulldogs traded fourth round draft pick (#71) to Collingwood for Tom Young

Melbourne Demons traded fifth round draft pick (#88) to Port Adelaide for David Rodan

Collingwood Magpies traded fourth round draft pick (#71) to Carlton for Jordan Russell

Port Adelaide Power traded fifth round draft pick (#88) to West Coast for Lewis Stevenson

Port Adelaide Power traded fourth round draft pick (#72) to Sydney for Campbell Heath and fourth round draft pick (#85)

West Coast Eagles traded fifth round draft pick (#88) to Melbourne for Cale Morton

Richmond Tigers traded fourth round draft pick (#74) to North Melbourne for Aaron Edwards

Melbourne Demons traded Jordan Gysberts and third round draft pick (#63) to North Melbourne for Cameron Pedersen and fourth round draft pick (#74)

Hawthorn Hawks traded third round compensation pick (#66) to Sydney for Matt Spangher and fourth round draft pick (#72)

Greater Western Sydney Giants traded Jed Anderson (NT zone player), round two draft pick (#29) and round four draft pick (#68) to Hawthorn for Stephen Gilham, round two draft pick (#28) and round three draft pick (#65)

Brisbane Lions traded third round draft pick (#53) and fourth round draft pick (#73) to Melbourne for Stefan Martin

Collingwood Magpies traded second round draft pick (#42) and third round draft pick (#48) to North Melbourne for second round draft pick (#39)

St Kilda Saints traded round three draft pick (#47) to Sydney for Trent Dennis-Lane

West Coast Eagles traded round two draft picks (#41 and #44) to St Kilda for Jamie Cripps and round three draft pick (#46)

 

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Trade Period Final Week: Day 3 Wrap – Stevens deal done; Adelaide reaches Tipping point

 

Koby Stevens became a Bulldog today, but the news barely registered a blip on the radar as Adelaide dropped a Tippett bombshell.

In a day marred with controversy, there was still some action to be had on the trade tables as we countdown with two days remaining in the 2012 trade period.

The AFL has launched an official investigation into Adelaide’s last contract with on-the-move forward Kurt Tippett after the Crows board revealed they had come forward last Friday and confessed to a possible issue of draft tampering and outside compensation in Tippett’s 2010-2012 contract.

Crows chairman Rob Chapman said today “it was the right thing to do – we’ll take whatever comes out of it” as the Tippett saga seems set to drag on for at least another day before something eventuates.

The revelation explains why a move that seemed close to completion with Tippett’s preferred destination – the Sydney Swans, who reportedly offered pick 23 (their first round draft pick) and forward Jesse White fell through at the final hour last Friday.

Much now hangs on the results of the AFL’s investigation, with Tippett’s future and a trade with the Swans now teetering on the edge.

In more concrete news, a deal was finally done with West Coast midfielder Koby Stevens, returning home to Victoria to his preferred new home at the Western Bulldogs for their pick 44. The deal comes at just the right time as the Bulldogs prepare to depart for London for an exhibition match with Port Adelaide.

The Eagles however were still steadfast in their desire to retain contracted defender Mitch Brown, again refusing any trade that involved young Saint Jamie Cripps.

On the North Melbourne front, there was barely any news despite the seemingly large number of movements rumoured to be in the works. They did not acquire Port Adelaide defender Ben Jacobs after the Power baulked at the offer of a second round pick.

Matt Campbell, Cruize Garlett and especially Cam Pedersen remain in limbo – the first two without any news and the latter without enough able to be offered from his preferred new destination, Melbourne, to get the deal done. Pick 49 is on the table and the ball is in the Kangaroos’ court as to whether that will be enough as we close in on the 2pm Friday deadline.

One of Melbourne’s big men, Stefan Martin, also has his future up in the air after no information came out after his meeting with the Brisbane Lions on Tuesday.

Finally, Hawthorn defender Stephen Gilham seems very likely to move either to Greater Western Sydney, to add experience and depth to their young line-up (especially after losing young key-position prospect Jack Hombsch to the Power yesterday) or to St Kilda if they indeed cannot secure Brown from West Coast, but no offers are believed to have been tabled.

Join BigFooty News tomorrow for the latest on the Tippett drama and for all confirmed trade news. With such a quiet week so far and so many deals still on the table, we await the countdown to the final feeding frenzy.

Completed Trades:

Western Bulldogs traded second round draft pick (#44) to West Coast for Koby Stevens

 

 

Trade Period Final Week: Day 2 Wrap – Hickey and Hombsch head home

Jack Hombsch is back in South Australian colours, albeit different ones, after being traded today.

After the tepid stalemate that was Monday, the trade rivers began to flow today – but the floodgates haven’t opened just yet.

Two trades were done today as the Saints got one of the two big men they were aiming for, and Port Adelaide pulled a surprise coup to snatch two players from the clutches of the Greater Western Sydney camp.

Although the documentation wasn’t officially lodged, the Tom Hickey to St Kilda deal was completed in all other manners this afternoon. The Saints had been chasing Hickey throughout the trade period, but were reluctant to give up the first round draft pick Gold Coast were asking for (having already given up their other first round pick to GWS). In the end, both sides got what they wanted – the Saints giving up pick 13, their Brendan Goddard compensation pick, as well as picks 37 and 57 for Hickey, pick 26 and pick 47.

St Kilda head of football Chris Pelchen and Gold Coast equivalent Marcus Ashcroft both expressed their happiness at the deals. The Saints have a 201cm, 21 year old back-up for Ben McEvoy while the Suns have a pick back inside the top 15 after trading their pick 2 for 17 year old Jack Martin earlier in the trade period.

While that deal was expected to come to a conclusion at some point this week, there was one that wasn’t by most of the football community. Port Adelaide grabbed what appears on paper to be an absolute bargain, snagging 19 year old key defender Jack Hombsch and NT Zone selection Jake Neade from GWS for pick 29.

Hombsch, an SA native, wasn’t really talked about as a trade prospect, but it appears more has been going on behind the scenes than we realised. Ken Hinkley’s arrival at Alberton has been well welcomed, with two possible replacements for ex-players Troy Chaplin and Danyle Pearce coming shortly after they departed.

No news from the Giants camp as to why they seemed to let Hombsch go apparently cheaply, but expect more to be revealed in the coming days.

The Kurt Tippett and Cam Pedersen deals had another slow day, with the latter possibly even going backwards. After receiving a worse than expected compensation pick for losing Brent Moloney and Jared Rivers, Melbourne might not have enough to offer the Kangaroos to get the Pedersen deal across the line. If a deal can be done with the Lions for Stefan Martin then it might be back on, but currently it seems clubs are at an impasse as for how to proceed.

While on the Demons, it was reported that delisted Port Adelaide midfielder David Rodain was seen touring their facilities as Victorian clubs look to see if he is worth scooping up as a delisted player.

North Melbourne still have quite a few deals alongside the Pedersen trade that they are looking to get done also. As well as looking at homesick Port Adelaide defender Ben Jacobs, they have made inquiries about Gold Coast half-back Taylor Hine. Add to this departing players Matt Campbell and Cruize Garlett and it seems set to be a busy few days at Arden St.

No news on the West to East and vice versa crossings (Koby Stevens of the Eagles and Jamie Cripps of the Saints) came through today either.

Join Bigfooty News for the last three days of what will no doubt be a hectic race to the finish line in the 2012 trade period.

 

Trade Period Final Week: Day 1 Wrap – No progress for big men

 

Jesse White’s future is in limbo after Adelaide turned down a deal with the Swans as part of the Kurt Tippett trade.

The first day of what we expect to be a frenzied final week has concluded, but it was a case of all quiet on the trading front today as clubs assembled their decks.

The main news today was in fact a case of no news, in two cases. The first was that after rejecting Sydney’s offer of Jesse White and their first round pick late last week, Adelaide’s Kurt Tippett talks once again stagnated. It’s understood there is, of course, plenty going on behind the scenes, but White remains in limbo as the Crows picked up Angus Graham last Friday while White was in South Australia.

Tippett and the Swans will be desperate to get a deal done lest he slip to the pre-season draft and get snapped up by Greater Western Sydney, but as each day ticks over it becomes more and more intriguing as to how events will eventually unfold.

The other ‘news’ was the no-show of Gold Coast Suns players at their first pre-season training session today. Josh Toy, rumoured to be heading back to Victoria and Tom Hickey, rumoured to be going to the Saints were both not with the group as they took to the track on the Gold Coast. It adds credence to the rumours and we can expect deals to be done if parties can come to a deal. The Saints do not want to part with a first round pick for Hickey, but it seems that’s what the asking price from the Suns is as it stands.

Greg Broughton, the Fremantle defender, was another name bandied about in the rumour mill today. Broughton has had success in defence for the Dockers but suffered badly when shuffled around positionally during the 2012 season. Port Adelaide are believed to be the front runners after losing Troy Chaplin to free agency and delisting Jacob Surjan; the 26 year old Broughton would be a handy replacement to bolster their defensive stocks.

It’s also believed the Saints have expressed interest, but their sights remain firmly set on grabbing Hickey and luring West Coast defender Mitch Brown over.

On that front, there was no movement from the ‘will not be traded’ position by the Eagles today. If St Kilda can manage to get him over they will no doubt pay a hefty price, and it’s unlikely any deal involving Brown will also involve homesick young midfielder Jamie Cripps.

Finally, the fallout from the compensation picks awarded for free agency has not been a good look for the AFL, with Hawthorn and Adelaide fuming for receiving barely anything for what they believed to be quality players. Brian Cook of Geelong and many members of the football media are joining the chorus to abolish the picks, saying that rewarding teams goes against the player oriented movements of free agency.

As the week goes on heading to the final deadline of 2pm Friday, there will no doubt be scrambling to get deals done. Join BigFooty News each evening for the wrap-up.

Trade Period Week 2 Wrap: Free agency done, chaos to come

Collingwood forward Chris Dawes got a fresh start in the first trade of the week, moving to Melbourne for a first round pick.

Free agency is over and the final week of the trade period looms large as another busy week has finished up. It started predictably slow, but finished with a flurry as a host of players – some expected, some not so much so, found new homes. There was a lot of speculation and plenty of intentions being announced, leaving us ready for a chaotic final week.

Completed trades are highlighted in bold and players either leaving their clubs, re-signing or nominating another club are highlighted in italics. To just see the list of completed trades and free agency movements, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Monday/Tuesday

Monday morning was all about North Melbourne, with both good and bad news coming through for their fans. The good was that in demand key forward Lachie Hansen had re-signed with the club, taking him off the table. The bad was that, like teammate Cruize Garlett had late last week, speedster Matt Campbell announced his intentions to depart the club.

Less surprising news from the Arden St camp came with talks that ruckman Hamish McIntosh’s talks with Geelong had advanced. Tall utility Cam Pedersen remained set to go to Melbourne, but there was little noise and no deal struck during the week.

Further on the big-man front, sought after inaugural Greater Western Sydney ruckman Jonathan Giles officially re-signed with the Giants for three years after they reached a contract agreement.

It was a quiet Monday after that, but things started to heat up on Tuesday.

St Kilda’s hopes were dashed slightly as West Coast declared in-demand defender Mitch Brown would not be traded. Shortly after, as expected, Chris Dawes became a Demon as Melbourne traded picks 20 and 45 for Dawes and Collingwood’s pick 58.

Wednesday

News came out that Sydney forward Jesse White was seen with Adelaide players in the morning, creating further interest in the Kurt Tippett saga. However, even though White went to meet Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson, no further news came on a possible deal during the week.

Collingwood football manager Geoff Walsh said that the Pies were ‘done and dusted’ after trading Dawes, but this proved not to be the case a couple of days later, as the Pies circled around Hawthorn winger Clinton Young.

Despite being chased, Scott Gumbleton rewarded Essendon’s patience and remained a Bomber.

There were no confirmed trades for the day, but the rumour mill went into overdrive. Melbourne coach Mark Neeld confirmed that even though they had acquired Dawes, they were still chasing North Melbourne utility Cameron Pederson and Essendon forward Scott Gumbleton. Soon after, Essendon player manager retorted that the Bombers were confident of keeping Gumbleton, and this indeed proved the case as he re-signed later in the week.

The Bulldogs, St Kilda and Essendon all expressed interest in West Coast inside-midfielder Koby Stevens, and his manager said his decision would be made soon. Stevens, on Friday, nominated the Western Bulldogs as his preferred destination, but no deal was struck in the second week of the trade period.

Thursday

The second last day of the week was all about Geelong, with the Cats reeling in two big fish they’d eyed off, and the full details of the Josh Caddy deal were revealed.

In the end, the Cats traded their first-round compensation pick (as was known), and the sweetener was Geelong’s third round pick, #55 at the time of the deal.

Just after lunch, Geelong confirmed that a deal had been struck with unrestricted free agent Jared Rivers. The Melbourne defender was obviously picked up to try and fill the immense void left by Matthew Scarlett’s retirement. Rivers said his decision came down to wanting to achieve on-field success during his career, having recently turned 28.

The many faces of Hamish McIntosh – one of two big men to become a Cat as Geelong had a thorough Thursday in the trade period.

After replacing Scarlett, the Cats turned their attention to their ruck stocks and struck a deal with North Melbourne for Hamish McIntosh. The Kangaroo big man had confirmed he wanted to become a Cat the week before, but it took a few days for a suitable deal to be found. He passed the Geelong medical and the Cats parted with their second-round draft pick (#36) to snap him up. Although McIntosh had struggled with injury, Geelong were obviously happy enough with the 28 year old’s condition after his LARS operation during the year. He will bolster their stocks while their young ruck group gets ready for full-time AFL duties.

The Kangaroos said they were ‘disappointed’ to lose McIntosh, but it seemed an obvious move after McIntosh’s manager confirmed that the ruck tandem of number one ruck Todd Goldstein and McIntosh wasn’t working, and wasn’t going to.

News trickled out during the night that Clinton Young had joined the Magpies after touring their facilities, but confirmation didn’t come out until the next morning.

Friday

The aforementioned Clinton Young move came to fruition, with Young making the tough choice to leave the Hawks so that he could spend more time on his preferred position on the wing.

It was a quiet morning, but things came alive later in the day. After rumours that Richmond ruckman Angus Graham was on the move for more opportunity, the Adelaide Crows grabbed the big man for a 10-spot draft downgrade. Adelaide traded pick 40 to the Tigers for Graham and pick 50.

The Brisbane Lions also looked towards big men after failing to snare Kurt Tippett or Chris Dawes, who they had expressed interest in. News came out that they were now looking towards Melbourne ruck/forward Stefan Martin, perhaps targeting him after Melbourne’s recruitment of Dawes.

That ended the week in terms of trades, but there was still one more card to be played for the day. As free agency ended for 2012, the compensation picks were announced. St Kilda and Port Adelaide were the big winners, with Hawthorn (pick 66 for Clinton Young and Tom Murphy) and Adelaide (nothing for Chris Knights) coming out unhappy. See below for the full list of compensation picks awarded.

What will the last week hold?

As most of us are aware, as trade time heads towards its close there is usually a scramble by clubs to get deals done. So what can we expect?

The Saints, being fairly quiet so far, are expected to be big players. Farren Ray is rumoured to be on the move to Melbourne and it has been clear for a while that St Kilda are chasing West Coast’s Mitch Brown and Gold Coast’s Tom Hickey. Young midfielder Jamie Cripps has requested a move back to Western Australia, but the Eagles have refused a deal involving Cripps being traded for Brown. Expect the Saints to be big players.

How are Sydney going to grab Kurt Tippett, if they can at all? All will be revealed in the final week.

Will we finally see Kurt Tippett move? Adelaide refused the Swans offer of Pick 23 and Jesse White, meaning Sydney will need to make some moves to get something to satisfy the Crows. With GWS confirming they would swoop if Kurt Tippett slipped to the draft, or a deal couldn’t be done with Sydney, the Swans cannot afford to sit on their hands in the final week.

Adelaide list manager David Noble took a strong position, saying “we are working towards getting the best goddamn deal we can get for our club”.

It might start slow, but expect the last few days of the week to be a rollercoaster, as it is every year.

Check BigFooty during the final week for daily updates.

Completed Trades (Week 2):

Melbourne Demons traded first round draft pick (#20) and third round draft pick (#45) to Collingwood for Chris Dawes and third round draft pick (#58)

Geelong Cats traded second round draft pick (#36) to North Melbourne for Hamish McIntosh

Geelong Cats traded first round compensation pick and third round draft pick (#55) to Gold Coast for Josh Caddy

Adelaide Crows traded second round draft pick (#40) to Richmond for Angus Graham and third round draft pick (#50)

Free Agency Moves (Final week):

Jared Rivers (Melbourne, unrestricted) moved to the Geelong Cats

Clinton Young (Hawthorn, unrestricted) moved to the Collingwood Magpies

Free agency compensation:

Pick #13 to St Kilda for Brendan Goddard

Pick #49 to Melbourne for Brent Moloney and Jared Rivers (reduced due to gain of Shannon Byrnes)

Pick #62 to West Coast for Quentin Lynch

Pick #66 to Hawthorn for Clinton Young

Pick #30 to Port Adelaide for Danyle Pearce

Pick #31 to Port Adelaide for Troy Chaplin

No pick to Adelaide for Chris Knights

No pick to Geelong for Shannon Byrnes

No pick to Hawthorn for Tom Murphy

Trade Period Week 1 Wrap: Ohh, we’re halfway there…

The first week of the trade period has come to a close – along with the second week of free agency, and we’ve had quite a bit of action, with six trades total taking place. BigFooty News looks at the move your club has made in the weeks action.

Completed trades are highlighted in bold and players either leaving their clubs or nominating another club are highlighted in italics. To just see the list of completed trades and free agency movements, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Monday

We kicked off the week with the usual flurry of action. The news on everyone’s lips was ex-Crows forward Kurt Tippett’s decision that he wished to be traded to 2012 premiers Sydney, after seemingly originally wanting to leave for reasons of homesickness. We saw little progress on that count for the day, and indeed for the week.

Before the exchange period had even begun, three young players found their new homes via the father son bidding. Although there were obviously no surprises, the news of Lachie Hunter (Western Bulldogs, son of Mark Hunter), Joe Daniher (Essendon, son of Anthony Daniher) and Jack Viney (Melbourne, son of Todd Viney) officially joining their respective clubs led to overall relief and happiness.

Kurt Tippett may have nominated his club, but there was little headway made this week in terms of a trade

As is the case with many father-son picks, it wasn’t just the acquisition of the player, it was the value they’d acquired them for. Lachie Hunter was touted as a second round pick, but the Dogs managed to snag him with their third (currently pick 46, but likely to fall after compensation picks are announced). Viney was rated as a first rounder – indeed, much of the talk leading up to the father-son process was what Melbourne would have to spend if GWS and GC bidded, but luckily for them they got him for a steal at pick 26. The Demons said they were ‘absolutely thrilled’ to the media after the bidding.

Perhaps the biggest bargain of all was Daniher though. Essendon was always going to have to use pick 10, but that is considered a very small price to play for a player that could have gone top 3, or even number 1 according to some recruiters.

The Gold Coast Suns kicked off the proceedings in earnest during the exchange period, getting the first trade done before lunchtime on the opening day. Greater Western Sydney gained the second overall pick in the 2012 draft, while the Suns nabbed freakish youngster Jack Martin with pick 1 in the mini-draft, which they received from the Giants. Other exchanges of picks also occured in the trade – most notably the exchange of end of first round compensation picks from each clubs. The difference between them is that the Giants’ pick now doesn’t expire until 2015, allowing them to bank it for the future.

This marks the second time the Gold Coast have acquired the leading player from the mini-draft in its two year operation. They picked up 17 year old Jaeger O’Meara last year, whom the Suns will unleash on the footballing world in 2013.

An hour later we had another deal on the table. Port Adelaide, as expected, snagged South Australian product Angus Monfries from Essendon. The twist was that instead of using free agency to get Monfries for free, they passed on pick 48 to Essendon. The reasoning behind this was so that the Power wouldn’t miss out on any compensation for departing free agents Danyle Pearce and Troy Chaplin. Monfries said he was excited to return home, and will spend (at least) the next four years there after signing a long-term deal.

Angus Monfries headed back home to South Australia, signing a four year contract with Port Adelaide.

The Josh Caddy and Jared Rivers talks continued (one looking like choosing a home, the other tossing up whether to stay at home) while the first inklings that North Melbourne forward Lachie Hansen may be leaving the club trickled out. It didn’t take long for the next trade to kick off though.

Former Adelaide forward Tom Lee, who did not play senior football for the club, was snagged by St Kilda with pick 12 heading to GWS. The Giants have the right to pre-list any player formerly on a list before the draft (trading up to a maximum of 10), so the Saints were forced to trade. However, getting the jump and paying the price for Lee may reap dividends, as he tore up the WAFL this season and had clubs circling. Along with Lee, the Saints received picks 24 and 43.

Shortly after, the biggest trade of the day came to fruition. Hawthorn were looking for a key defender to bolster their stocks and they got their man. They traded their first and second round picks (#21 and #41) to the Western Bulldogs for Brian Lake and pick 27. Lake enjoyed a fantastic career at the Dogs, playing 197 games and, at his best, being one of the most feared defenders in the competition. But his manager described it as ‘win-win’, with the Hawks gaining the experienced backman they needed and the Dogs securing picks to put them in good stead for the future.

And with that, the shuffling and shaking of the first day ended. The Demons confirmed their interest for Collingwood forward Chris Dawes, the Saints confirmed their interest for West Coast defender Mitch Brown and we waited for the events of the next day.

Brian Lake changed his polo on Day 1, heading to the Hawks to strengthen their backline.

Tuesday

The fires dimmed slightly on Tuesday morning, but there was still some trading to come and stoke them in the works. The uncontracted player pool dwindled once more as Collingwood signed defender cum forward Tyson Goldsack to a two year deal, while the Bulldogs held on to essential big-man Will Minson for another two years also.

So, in tune with the future being the order of the day, GWS locked down the first three picks of the draft in the first trade of the day, acquiring picks 3 and 13 from Melbourne in exchange for their second mini-draft pick, pre-listed player Dominic Barry and pick 20. The Demons grabbed man-mountain 17 year old Jesse Hogan with their MD pick, who has been likened to Jonathan Brown, while Barry is an exciting and speedy 18 year old who rapidly rose up the ranks of local and school football. The Giants had Barry pre-listed in their NT zone, meaning Melbourne would have to trade to get him.

Just when all seemed quiet, Collingwood premiership midfielder Sharrod Wellingham found his way home. West Coast and Collingwood had been trading some minor barbs about offers, but they found an agreeable ground with Wellingham heading west for West Coast’s first round pick (#17).

It was last drinks for Sharrod Wellingham at the Pies, as West Coast traded their first pick for him to join their ranks.

The Jonathan Giles (GWS) talk continued, with Giants list manager Stephen Silvagni confirming disagreements with the offered contract.

Wednesday/Thursday

A relatively quiet couple of days followed, with only deal being finalised and it was a biggun. There was plenty of talk otherwise.

On Wednesday morning, three Hawks (Stephen Gilham, Clinton Young and Tom Murphy) were all talked about as possible movers from the 2012 runners-up. Gilham to former club Port Adelaide, Murphy to the Suns and Young’s tour of Collingwood’s facilities was the big gossip.

After that we heard news from the Gold Coast. Joshua Toy was considering a move to Melbourne, with Hawthorn and Essendon the likely candidates. The big news though came in the form of Josh Caddy finally moving after a deal was organised between the Suns and Geelong. The fine-print still needs to be sorted out, but he is now a Cat and the deal will involve at least Geelong’s first round compensation pick. Funnily enough, this means that both of the picks Geelong received for Gary Ablett will now be heading back to the Suns.

The other important headline of the day was that Brent Moloney was heading to the Brisbane Lions, pending a medical examination. Moloney’s management had reportedly spoken to almost every club around, but Moloney settled on Brisbane after speaking to coach Michael Voss. Later in the week he officially became a Lion after passing this examination.

Brent Moloney began his journey to the jungle on Wednesday, officially becoming a Lion two days later.

Thursday was even quieter, but the atmosphere still felt frenzied as it is wont to do during trade times. The morning was quiet, but we saw some activity in the afternoon. The Tippett talks continued, but some headway was seemingly made as Swans CEO Andrew Ireland said that they had a ‘positive’ meeting with Crows management about a trade for Tippett. He categorically denied all rumours that father-son selection Tom Mitchell was possible trade bait in the scenario.

Shortly after that, we had two players turn their backs on their current clubs. Ben Jacobs, the Port Adelaide defender, and Cruize Garlett, the North Melbourne midfielder, both requested to leave their clubs. The former to return to Victoria, the latter for more opportunity. Expect a deal to be done next week.

Friday

Brent Moloney‘s medical test the night before obviously went swimmingly as he fronted the media in Lions gear and officially became a member of the club for the next two years. Both player and Lions’ recruiters were happy with the deal for the restricted free agent. Melbourne did not contest the deal although they had a right to, having previously said they would allow Moloney to leave.

Just before lunchtime, the Hawks’ Tom Murphy joined the Suns as the rumours had suggested. Although Murphy had said he’d make up his mind ‘over the weekend’, the unrestricted free agent sped up the process and fronted the media. Although he missed the 2008 and 2012 grand finals with the Hawks, he obviously still held a lot of love for the club, saying he was ‘forever grateful’ to them. Murphy played 95 games for the Hawks and was part of the leadership group, even standing in as captain for a game in 2011.

Chris Dawes: Destined to be a Dee?

As the week wrapped up, many of the rumours and trades suggested were still up in the air. Chris Dawes made his decision from the clubs that were circling him (namely Melbourne, the Bulldogs, Carlton and, surprisingly, Brisbane), nominating the Demons. The trade is expected to be wrapped up quickly, with Melbourne reportedly offering their pick 20.

Another wanting to join the Melbourne group was Cameron Pedersen, the North Melbourne utility. Rumours had followed him for a while and he admitted he was looking for more opportunity and saw the Demons as a likely destination.

Friday wrapped up with new Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley saying he was ‘interested’ in the prospect of placing ex-Melbourne forward Liam Jurrah on the rookie list for 2013.

Join BigFooty News next week for wraps of all the trade news as the exchange period continues and free agency wraps up for the year.

Completed Trades, Week 1:

Gold Coast Suns traded first round draft pick (#2), fourth round draft pick (#63) and 2010 end-of-first-round compensation pick to Greater Western Sydney for selection 1 in the GWS mini-draft (Jack Martin) and 2011 end-of-first-round compensation pick

Port Adelaide traded third round draft pick (#48) to Essendon for Angus Monfries

St Kilda traded first round draft pick (#12) to Greater Western Sydney for Tom Lee, second round draft pick (#24) and third round draft pick (#43)

Hawthorn traded first round draft pick (#21) and second round draft pick (#41) to Western Bulldogs for Brian Lake and second round draft pick (#27)

Melbourne traded first round draft picks (#3, #13) to Greater Western Sydney for Dominic Barry, selection 2 in the GWS mini-draft (Jesse Hogan) and first round draft pick (#20)

West Coast Eagles traded first round draft pick (#17) to Collingwood for Sharrod Wellingham

Free Agency Movements, Week 2:

Tom Murphy (Hawtorn, unrestricted) moved to the Gold Coast Suns

Brent Moloney (Melbourne, restricted) moved to the Brisbane Lions

 

 

Take the Tipp on the cost of living

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A furore has erupted over Sydney’s salary cap concessions after the reigning premier announced the signing of key Crows forward Kurt Tippett.

Representatives of Hawthorn, Brisbane and Adelaide have all questioned the additional 9.8% increase afforded the Swans in their salary cap for the increased cost of living allowance.

While it seems that a major factor in Tippet leaving Adelaide was the desire to leave the pressured existence of an AFL player in a footy-centric city, Adelaide president Rob Chapman lamented the fact Tippett was leaving with ”Certainly from my discussions with Kurt, he really enjoyed himself at the Adelaide footy club, but the fact was he was looking to move away from that fishbowl existence”.

Tippet himself told that he came to his decision “This was a combined football/lifestyle decision and the balance between the two… I was born in Sydney, I have a lot of friends and family there, and this offers me a chance to play football in a lifestyle which I really enjoy.

“It’s obvious the Swans have a very special culture, in addition to a very good team. I look forward to being part of it.”

However the fact that Sydney have extra room in their salary cap due to the concessions has been looming large over the trade. Swans president Andrew Ireland defended the cost-of-living allowance afforded to the Swans, an additional $862,000 this season in the salary cap.

“We’ve got a cost of living allowance, it is clearly dearer in Sydney … there’s no slush fund from our allowance, every player on our list gets (an extra) 10 per cent.”

Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold said of the living allowance ”I think it is just an outdated policy and one that we as a league should have reviewed a long time ago,” he said.

”I don’t know that Melbourne and even Perth costs are that much lower than Sydney now. I think it is an archaic policy setting that needs to be reviewed.” Newbold’s predecessor at Hawthorn Jeff Kennet remarked that the concessions were “20 years out of date” and told how it was almost as expensive to live in Melbourne as it was in Sydney now. Kennett was also part of the group calling for a review of concessions in 2003 in the wake of the Brisbane Lions third consecutive premiership.

The Figures

The most recent House Price Report conducted by Australian Property Monitors showed that for the March 2012 quarter Sydney had the highest median house price of the AFL states at $641, 037, ahead of Perth ($531,065), Melbourne ($529,077), Adelaide ($437,085) and Brisbane ($433,244); with a national average house price of $535,080.

For apartments, it was a similar story, with Sydney’s $462,145 unit price 13.46% higher than the national average of $406,653, 18% higher than Melbourne ($389,491), 36% higher than Brisbane ($338,910), 62% higher than Adelaide ($285, 651) and 35% higher than Perth ($340,947).

Sydney recorded a record high for median weekly house rent with $500 per week – compared to the national average of $411 and, along with Darwin, also tops the median rents for units in Australian capital cities at $460 a week compared to Brisbane ($365), Melbourne ($350), Perth ($350) and Adelaide ($280).

Is the cost of living in Melbourne – as reflected in house prices – really almost as high as Sydney?

In a word: no.

Free Agency Wrap Day 4 – Chaplin move finalised, Demons snag Byrnes

Dual-premiership small forward Shannon Byrnes joined the Demons today.

Day 4 of free agency was a bit more lively than the past couple of days, with clubs re-signing and searching as the beginning of the trade period looms. Two players officially found new homes today, while others expressed and changed their interest. A key signing for the Dockers leads the ‘hands off’ section today.

The two movers today weren’t big surprises, but were welcome news for their new clubs all the same. Port Adelaide chose not to match Richmond’s offer for restricted defender Troy Chaplin, citing injury worries as their reason. Football manager Peter Rohde fronted the media yet again today.

Troy needed serious knee surgery towards the end of 2012 and while we hope he has many years off football left, we’re not prepared to commit to the extent Richmond is. We would have liked Troy to remain at Alberton, but on terms suitable to the Port Adelaide Football Club as well as the player.

In fact, we had what we considered a fair contract in front of Troy and his management for a long period this year, but unfortunately they were unwilling to sign.

Chaplin becomes Port Adelaide’s second loss to free agency after Danyle Pearce, with Steven Salopek still on the market after leaving the club to look for other opportunities.

Geelong dual-premiership player Shannon Byrnes was the other mover today, signing with the Melbourne Football Club for 2 years. Although it was expected by many, it represents a fairly quick change of heart for Byrnes, who less than a month ago opened the paper and was caught off-guard when his name popped up in a move to Melbourne. But the opportunity to play more senior games and fitting in with the young group was a big lure for Byrnes. He also sung the praises of the free agency system from a players point of view:

It is just the best possible thing that could have come for me at this stage. To be able to have a choice and a bit of control over my own future instead of just throwing yourself in a lottery…you can actually go somewhere you want to go.

Over at Windy Hill, things aren’t as rosy for a group of Essendon players, according to recently outgoing player Henry Slattery. He said he’d been thinking of leaving for nearly a year, and that other players in the Bombers group ‘in limbo’ may also seek to leave. “There’s a lot of players that don’t know if they’re still wanted” said Slattery today.

The South Australian product also acknowledged he was speaking to Port Adelaide today, saying that he’d “love” to play for the Power next year and would “definitely take it (any opportunity)”.

Meanwhile, in news of players who are off the free-market, Fremantle All-Australian defender Luke McPharlin signed a new two year deal with the club at 30 years of age. Although he was unlikely to leave the club, the Dockers will be happy that they have such an important player sealed and delivered after an outstanding season.

There was little talk of the ongoing Kurt Tippett and Josh Caddy sagas today, but Brisbane Lions head recruiter Rob Kerr said that he wished for Tippett to make his decision within 48 hours. Kerr went on to speak about the possibilities for the Lions in free agency, with Melbourne’s Brent Moloney and Hawthorn’s Clinton Young looming as key targets if they don’t snag Tippett.

This came after news from Moloney’s management that he was ‘unlikely’ to sign with Essendon despite rumours, due to the recent Brendan Goddard signing.

As the Monday trade period opening draws ever closer, clubs are working out how to play their cards. BigFooty News will have all the updates tomorrow night.

Moves:

Troy Chaplin (Port Adelaide, restricted) moved via FA to the Richmond Tigers

Shannon Byrnes (Geelong, unrestricted) moved via FA to the Melbourne Demons

Keep up with all the latest moves and rumours on the BigFooty Drafts and Trading Board.

Free Agency Wrap Day 3 – Pearce docks in another port

Danyle Pearce became a Docker today, after Port Adelaide chose not to match Fremantle’s offer for the restricted free agent.

 

Day 3 of free agency has concluded, and it was another quiet day from AFL HQ. One more move was finalised today, with Port Adelaide choosing not to match Fremantle’s offer for midfielder Danyle Pearce.

Power football manager Peter Rohde said today that to match the offer Fremantle put up was not an option.

“We think the offer they’ve given him is very generous” Rohde commented today, most likely pointing to the fact that Port Adelaide were not eager enough for him to stay on the list to offer him a big contract.

Losing Pearce is another blow for the Port Adelaide football club today, after Hawthorn assistant coach Leon Cameron looks like he will not be taking the senior job at Alberton after having meetings with Greater Western Sydney.

Pearce was rookied by Port in 2005, and played 154 games for the club. He was the NAB Rising Star in 2006 and part of the Power’s losing 2007 Grand Final side.

Rohde did not comment on the future of defender Troy Chaplin, who has an offer on the table from Richmond, and midfielder David Rodan. Both players are free agents.

In other news today, 2013 free agency candidate Hamish McIntosh, the North Melbourne ruckman, today announced his intentions to expedite a rumoured move to Geelong. His manager Tom Petoro pointed to the fact that the ruck combination of McIntosh and main man Todd Goldstein was not working as a reason for the move.

Meanwhile, at Collingwood, unrestricted free agent Ben Johnson and teammates Brent Mcaffer and Andrew Krakouer are expected to sign new deals this week, most likely removing from the equation during this free agency and trade period.

The Kurt Tippett and Josh Caddy sagas continued today in the lead-up to next week’s trade period, with Gold Coast football manager Marcus Ashcroft confirming the Suns are “very interested” in the former. However he maintained that the Suns would not be looking to give up quality young players if they were to do a deal.

He also said that despite reports, Caddy was yet to name which Victorian club he preferred a trade to.

Two former AFL ruckmen also might have their careers revived this year. The Giants expressed interest in ex-Geelong 2009 premiership ruckman Mark Blake, who played 99 games for the club before parting ways with the club. This comes as news that GWS out-of-contract ruckman Jonathan Giles may be leaving firmed.

The 27 year old ruckman won the club best and fairest at country club Mooroopna this season. His coach said that Blake “told me he was keen to do it (a return to the AFL), if the opportunity came about”.

Meanwhile, ex-Sydney ruckman Daniel Currie has been invited to the AFL state combine in November – the only ruckman to have scored an invite. Currie spent 5 years at the Swans but was plagued with injuries and departed the club last year. However, he excelled as the number one ruckman at SANFL club North Adelaide, missing only two games this year.

Tomorrow, on the fourth day of free agency, we’ll see Port Adelaide make their decision on whether to keep Troy Chaplin. BigFootyNews will have the wrap up in the evening.

Moves:

Danyle Pearce (Port Adelaide, unrestricted) moved via FA to the Fremantle Dockers