AFL trade news and rumours Day 5 live blog

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    The Adelaide Crows traded Jake Lever, pick 35 and their 2018 third-round pick to the Melbourne Demons for pick 10, their 2018 first-round draft pick, and their 2018 fourth-round draft pick.

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    The GWS Giants traded Devon Smith, pick 24 and their 2018 second-round pick to the Essendon Bombers for pick 11 and Essendon’s 2018 third-round pick.


    Three days in, and no trades… is Thursday the day? Here’s hoping. Either way, we’ll be covering all the trade news and rumours live here on The Roar from 9am AEDT.

    Yesterday was, let’s be honest, a pretty slow news day, with only a few details emerging.

    Let’s hope that the reason for that was because AFL clubs are busy in negotiation and are poised to conduct a huge number of trades today. I’m not optimistic though.

    There was a bit of talk about the difficult Essendon will have getting all three of their targets this year and some suggestion that St Kilda could still swoop on Devon Smith if the Dons struggle to get a deal done for him.

    I don’t buy into that too much though – it’s a rumour you will hear just about every year, and it virtually never comes off.

    Geelong made a few statements but they were mostly ruling things out. At this stage, it seems like they’re pretty much out of the equation when it comes to chasing the likes of Jake Stringer and Jack Watts.

    That means more than likely that Jack Watts will move to Port Adelaide, where he won’t be the only new addition.

    The only formal news yesterday was Brisbane’s confirmation that they won’t be matching the offer for restricted free agent Tom Rockliff, which means he offically passes to Port Adelaide on a four-year deal worth about $650,000 a year.

    It’s worth noting that free agency closes for the year on Sunday night so prospective free agents like Steven Motlop and Daniel Menzel should be looking to formalise their decisions soon.

    Motlop seems most likely to join Adelaide, but is every chance to go to Port Adelaide or even Gold Coast. Menzel’s options appear limited and at this point my gut feel would be he’ll probably stay at the Cats, albeit only on a one-year deal.

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.