Three to Essendon, Hodge to Brisbane

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    Essendon will have their hands full during the AFL trade period, with Devon Smith, Adam Saad and Jake Stringer all understood to have requested trades to the club.

    And Adelaide have been rocked by yet another trade request, with speedster Charlie Cameron the latest player keen to fly the coup.

    The Bombers have been the frontrunners to land Stringer since the Western Bulldogs put him on the trade table at the end of a tough season for the 23-year-old.

    Smith, who is off contract, was overlooked for the Greater Western Sydney preliminary final side that fell to Richmond and had been seeking a trade back to home state Victoria.

    Saad, also originally from Victoria, is on the move from Gold Coast to be closer to his family.

    The 23-year-old has played 48 games in three seasons for the Suns after being elevated off the rookie list in 2015 and is contracted until the end of next year.

    Stringer, a premiership player last year and an All-Australian in 2015, was put up for trade by the Dogs after a torrid campaign in which he battled form, fitness and off-field issues.

    Smith struggled with a knee injury late in the season, but he was an emergency for the preliminary final with GWS coach Leon Cameron preferring now-retired veteran Steve Johnson.

    St Kilda, Geelong, Carlton and Collingwood were also reported to have interest in signing the 24-year-old, who has played 109 games in five seasons with the Giants.

    The trio would provide a huge boost to John Worsfold’s line-up but Essendon face a tough task to land all three, holding picks 11, 28, 46, 65 and 83 at this year’s draft.

    The Bombers also have the option of trading out picks at next year’s draft or including a current player in any potential deals.

    Senior Adelaide players are still fuming about defender Jake Lever’s request to be traded to the Melbourne Demons.

    And the bad news continued for the Crows on Thursday when it emerged that Cameron has asked to be traded to Brisbane in order to be closer to family.

    Brisbane’s playing stocks will be further boosted by the inclusion of four-time Hawthorn premiership star Luke Hodge, who has been talked out of retirement.

    It’s believed Hodge will have the option of moving into a coaching role at Brisbane after his playing stint is over – similar to what Sam Mitchell did at West Coast this season.

    West Coast moved quickly to shut down talk that they would be willing to put Andrew Gaff on the trade table.

    Speculation has swirled for several weeks that Gaff is interested in returning home to Victoria.

    But West Coast football manager Craig Vozzo said the rumours simply weren’t true.

    Contracted Giants defender Adam Tomlinson has reportedly been offered a long-term deal to join St Kilda.

    The AFL’s free agency period begins on Friday.

    © AAP 2017