AFL trade rumours: Is one of your club’s stars set to depart?
The Grand final was only played on Saturday, but that hasn’t stopped the AFL trade rumours from taking over the sport.
And what’s more – the trade period hasn’t even begun yet – it begins MONDAY!
Herald Sun writer Mick Warner and AFL.com.au journo Mitch Cleary told Macquarie Sports Radio all the latest information on the likes of Andrew Gaff, Dylan Shiel, Jesse Hogan and several other stars.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Tom Lynch will be a massive inclusion for the Tigers,” Warner said.
“The problem for Richmond will be that they now have six players on $750,000 or more which will create a salary cap squeeze.”
Warner did suggest that the likes of Sam Lloyd, Jacob Townsend, Corey Ellis, Anthony Miles, Reece Conca and Brandon Ellis could all depart the club as a result.
“In an ideal world, he’d love to get to Hawthorn,” Cleary said.
“But doing a deal with the Giants is going to be a bit tricky because the Hawk’s first pick is at the back-end of that first round.
“The Giants ideally want two first round picks for Dylan Shiel.
“In simple terms – if the Hawks want Shiel this year – they’re going to have to pay overs – otherwise they can wait for a year and give up nothing from their end.
“I think Essendon and Hawthorn are the ones – if you’re looking at ‘Do I want to win a premeirship?’
“It does seem as though he’s on the move which will be a big blow for the Giants.”
“I reckon Jesse Hogan to Fremantle is – not a given – but it’s red hot that one,” Warner said.
Teammate Max Gawn publicly announced he expected Hogan to remain at the club.
It’s a deal – which if made – could have a domino effect with Lachie Neale and Steven May all candidates to be involved in a trade.
“They (Sydney) will declare their hand on Wednesday whether they will pursue Darcy Moore,” Warner said.
Moore has been heavily linked to the Harbour city and could yet make the move.
“It’s (a decision) getting pretty close,” Cleary said.
“It’s down to West Coast or North Melbourne.
“I understand the West Coast deal is six years and North Melbourne is seven years.
“So wherever he is going to be playing next year, we know it’s going to be a long-term deal and there’s definitely more money on the table from North Melbourne than to stay at West Coast.”
“Mitch McGovern has nominated he wanted to go to Carlton,” Cleary said.
“He is a contracted player so finding a trade is going to be a bit of a sticking point.
“Right now the Blues have pick one and they don’t want to part with that.
“Their next pick doesn’t come until the second round, so they’re going to have to be a bit creative.”
“Scott Lycett – we think it’s most likely it’s Port Adelaide for him,” Cleary said.
“A four-year deal for Scott Lycett to end up at the Power.”
“That’s probably going to be one of the first trades done- Dan Hannebery to St Kilda,” Cleary said.
Listen to the full interviews below: