(Australian Associated Press)
CLUB-BY-CLUB AFL TRADE PERIOD SUMMARY
Two words: fire sale. Cam Ellis-Yolmen (Brisbane), Alex Keath (Bulldogs), Hugh Greenwood (Gold Coast), Eddie Betts (Carlton), Sam Jacobs (GWS) and Josh Jenkins (Geelong) are all gone as the Crows re-stump under new coach Matthew Nicks. Port’s Billy Frampton is the sole addition.
Grant Birchall takes Luke Hodge’s role as the veteran defender/Hawthorn influence as Callum Ah Chee (Gold Coast) and Rising Star winner Lewis Taylor (Sydney) leave.
Eddie Betts is a big homecoming, but the jury is out on what on-field impact he will have at 32. Andrew Phillips goes to Essendon and fellow ruckman Marc Pittonet (Hawthorn) takes his place. No deals for Sydney small forward Tom Papley and Gold Coast’s Jack Martin – although Martin could still end up at the Blues through the national or pre-season draft.
Darcy Cameron (Sydney) joins as a back-up ruckman. James Aish goes to Fremantle.
Joe Daniher stays a Bomber, with the Swans unable to strike a deal. The Bombers also had a significant win when Orazio Fantasia was convinced not to pursue a trade to Port Adelaide – for this year, at least. Ruckman Andrew Phillips comes in – their first trade with arch-rivals Carlton in 16 years. Fringe Brisbane player Tom Cutler was a late trade.
Bradley Hill (St Kilda) is a significant loss, but pick No.10 and Blake Acres headline the compensation. Ed Langdon (Melbourne) heads east as James Aish (Collingwood) reunites with new Dockers coach Justin Longmuir.
All-Australian Tim Kelly is a big loss, but the suite of picks from West Coast gives them plenty of draft ammunition. Jack Steven (St Kilda) joins so he can be closer to family after a tough year dealing with mental health issues. Zac Smith goes back to the Suns.
Two-time Richmond premiership player Brandon Ellis brings badly-needed experience. Hugh Greenwood (Adelaide) is also a handy pickup. Ruckman Zac Smith returns from Geelong. No deal with Carlton for Jack Martin.
Long-time Giants Jonathon Patton (Hawthorn) and Adam Tomlinson (Melbourne) are gone, along with Aiden Bonar (North Melbourne) with Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs arriving.
The Hawks have sought to boost their spine, bringing in Jonathon Patton for their attack and Sam Frost in defence.
Adam Tomlinson and Ed Langdon join to beef them up on either wing. Sam Frost heads to Hawthorn and they now have two top-10 picks.
After re-signing Shaun Higgins and Todd Goldstein, the Kangaroos were quiet in trade period, giving up the No.8 selection in a trade of picks with the Demons and picked up Aiden Bonar from GWS.
The natives are restless at Alberton over Dougal Howard’s departure to St Kilda. Paddy Ryder also joins the Saints. A media report saying Carlton were approached about Ollie Wines prompted a media release denying it had happened. The Power were keen on Orazio Fantasia, who decided to stay at Essendon.
Other than Brandon Ellis (Gold Coast) and Dan Butler (St Kilda), very quiet. But when you have Alex Rance, Marlion Pickett and Sydney Stack as virtual recruits and you’re reigning premiers, nor should you be doing much.
The big players, with Bradley Hill (Fremantle) and Port duo Paddy Ryder and Dougal Howard boosting their list. Jack Steven goes to Geelong for a lot cheaper (No.58) than they had hoped. Blake Acres is off to Fremantle and Josh Bruce goes to the Bulldogs. Zak Jones (Sydney), like Hill, adds much-needed outside run. Richmond forward Dan Butler was a last-minute trade.
Didn’t land the big fish they wanted when they were unable to coax the Bombers into a deal for Joe Daniher. That then meant no trade with Carlton for Tom Papley. Lewis Taylor comes in from Brisbane.
It took them 12 months but the Eagles have their man, giving up several draft picks for gun Geelong midfielder Tim Kelly
Josh Bruce (St Kilda) will be a handy foil for Aaron Naughton in the revamped Bulldogs attack. Provided Alex Keath (Adelaide) can recover from his leg injury, he also certainly boosts their defence.