Let the trades begin.
With free agency already underway, AFL’s commercial period officially opened on Monday morning; so when will the first deal be done?
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Tom Morris reports …
Seb ross rejected free agency and re-signed with St Kilda on a two-year contract with Triggers for a third season.
The left foot was open to opportunities elsewhere but they were scarce.
Gold Coast set to head to draft with Pick 3 and hope to trade Will Brodie, who still has a year on a final deal, to Fremantle for a late pick.
The Suns and Pies are also exploring trade selections that would give Gold Coast a stronger 2022 draft hand and give Collingwood the ammo needed this year to trade for. Pat Lipinski, Nathan Kreuger and match the offer for the father-son perspective Nick daicos.
Darcy McPherson is seen as a 50-50 chance to make it to North Melbourne, who must also find a way to bring in Callum Coleman-Jones from Richmond.
The Roos don’t want to give up on Pick 20, but the Tigers will argue that a long-term money deal deserves an early selection in the second round.
Richmond’s draft hand is already insanely strong (4 of 30 picks) and it is understood that the Tigers are looking to consolidate the picks to go even further in order to speed up their rebuilding.
Hawthorn trio Jaeger O’Meara, Chad Wingard and Jack gunston are also in discussion for the right price as the club try to add to their three inside picks. Tim o’brien (towards Port Adelaide) and speedster out of contract Olivier Hanrahan (to Carlton) also caught the attention of rival clubs.
The Blues will add Adam Cerra to their roster at some point. The only question is what are they giving up, as they rate solid games for Jarrod Brander (west coast) and Young Lewis (Western Bulldogs) too.
Contract for 2022, Port Adelaide’s Sam Powell-Pepper would like more time in midfield and if a rival promised him a trade would be explored.
7:30 am: PIES ‘need to let a star go’
Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd believes Collingwood should get rid of one of his stars and follow Hawthorn’s aggressive business strategy ahead of the trade window opening on Monday.
After a 17th place finish, Collingwood faces a defining offseason ahead of Craig McRae’s first coaching campaign as he looks to acquire Western Bulldogs midfielder Patrick Lipinski and Geelong great Nathan Kreuger while bringing in more draft points to match an offer on father-prospect Nick Daicos in next month’s draft.
It comes as Magpies football boss Graham Wright has confirmed that there are still salary cap “struggles” since last year, while star trio Jordan De Goey, Darcy Moore and Brayden Maynard are expected to continue. enter free agency at the end of next year.
Port Adelaide great Kane Horns pointed out that Collingwood “probably had more elite players in his prime” than the Hawks, questioning whether De Goey and Moore should be considered untouchables.
But Lloyd believes no Magpie should be banned from the trading table in an effort to improve his roster in the long run.
“I would go the other way around and say, ‘We started with all these kids last year, but they’re not the cream of the cake.’ Daicos arrives but then they lose more or less the Pick 36, 39, 41 and 45 for these repechage points, ”he said on AFL Commercial Radio.
“I think they have to let go of a star for the future and the betterment of their football.”
7 a.m .: HAWTHORN’S BOLD BUSINESS PLANS UNVEILED
Hawthorn is open to several possibilities ahead of the trade window opening Monday in a bid to improve his draft hand as he ushers in a new era under the leadership of first-year coach Sam Mitchell.
The Hawks have long recruited established players through trade and free agencies under legendary boss Alastair Clarkson, with just two members on their top-25 list in the national draft.
But after having honest conversations with the group of players, Hawks football boss Richie Vandenberg said The sun heraldthe club were ready to trade future picks and even senior players to get more youngsters through the door in next month’s draft.
“It’s well documented that we started (resupply via the draft) with Will Day in the 2019 National Draft and last year with (Denver Grainger-Barras), so we tried to get to the draft,” he said. -he declares.
“Even this year we want to keep improving our draft hand, that’s the way we want to go. We are looking at all kinds of possible avenues.
“We are looking at the bargaining choices, the future choices, the current choices, the movement of the salary cap, the players.”
This precedes what is expected to be a quieter business period in terms of player movement compared to previous years due to uncertainty over roster size and salary cap.
And speaking on AFL Commercial Radio On Monday morning, the great Kane Cornes of Port Adelaide thinks it is a “huge opportunity” for Hawthorn to gain an advantage over the rest of the competition.
“If everyone wants to sit down and not do much and be comfortable with where they are at, let’s make some real gains this year and get into the draft and get several picks, the opportunity to do that. is there, “he said.
“(Hawthorn owns) Picks 5, 21, 24, 59 and 65, last week I said it would be really disappointing if they didn’t do a lot Hawthorn.
“I just want to know how close they are to discussions with other clubs and does that mean there are some big names that they are ready to come up with? The usual ones will appear: (Tom) Mitchell, (Chad) Wingard, (Jack) Gunston, (Luke) Breust, they all seem to appear in the last three to four years.
“Are they bold enough to put a player in and some of their picks and future second-round picks?”
Senior foxfooty.com.au Journalist Tom Morris revealed in July that Mitchell was set to be traded to a rival Victorian club, naming Richmond as a potential landing point.
6:00 AM: MAGPIES CAN CASH ON A SURPRISE MOVEMENT AT THE TOP TWO
Collingwood could avert disaster in the draft, with AFL scouts tipping Jason Horne-Francis first in the next draft, not their father-son prodigy Nick Daicos.
Daicos might even drop as low as Choice 3 if GWS hiring manager Adrian Caruso feels the same now that he did in late July.
Currently, the Magpies don’t have enough points to safely tie an offer for Daicos without entering a serious draft deficit – which would ruin their 2022 first-round pick – but the Sun Herald reports that a strong majority of recruiters would choose Horne-Francis over Daicos.
North Melbourne roster boss Glenn Luff praised Horne-Francis late last week.
“It’s clear we’ve followed Jason and a lot of guys in this area,” he said on AFL Commercial Radio.
“He had two exceptional years playing league football (SANFL) at his age. It is clearly a special talent. No doubt he will be talked about a lot.
If the Kangaroos do not bid on Daicos, the decision would be up to the Giants with the 2 pick – originally Collingwood’s selection – but Caruso’s team could then choose to bid for the father-son of the Western Bulldogs Sam Darcy first, since they seem to prefer him as a prospect.
“As far as our roster goes, we would need someone like a Sam Darcy more than a (Nick) Daicos, so I would be inclined to have Darcy up front, depending on our roster needs and how difficult it was to find. a big one, “Caruso told AFL Media’s Road to the draft podcast at the end of July.
If the Magpies had only their current picks – 36, 41, 43 and 48 – they could roughly match an offer for Daicos on Pick 3, and a trade or two would keep them from being in a points deficit.
It is extremely likely that the Magpies will make multiple trades to add draft picks, especially with clubs required to take three domestic draft picks. They have been asked to swap their 2022 picks to return to the 2021 draft.
6:00 AM: WHEN WILL THE FIRST TRADE ARRIVE?
This is the question everyone will be asking themselves until this happens: who gets traded first and when?
Last year, when 28 trades were executed, the first took five hours, with West Coast winning Zac Langdon from the Giants around 2 p.m. EDT.
We don’t expect the 2021 business period to be this busy, so it is possible that the first transaction will take even longer this time around, especially when of the few transactions that we know of, most seem complicated.
The easiest deal is Robbie Tarrant’s move from North Melbourne to Richmond, which will be a trade so the Tigers don’t lose their free agency compensation for Mabior Chol’s exit.
However, Tarrant could get involved in the Callum Coleman-Jones deal, where the two teams have yet to strike a fair price, meaning that might not happen right away.
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