The countdown until the AFL’s silly season has begun! We’re just three days away from free agency, and six days away from the trade period.
Already discussions are beginning around the country in talk shows, chat forums, living rooms and of course right here on The Roar about the players who might move this year, and what their value is.
Roarers, I’ve picked out ten players of the dozens who’ve been rumoured to be on the move this off-season, and I want to know what you think they’re worth.
To make things simple, this is the proposition we’re putting to you – if the player was going to be traded for a single draft pick, whereabouts in the draft would that fall?
We’ve broken it down into seven categories. They are:
– Top five (1-5)
– Top ten (6-10)
– Late first round (11-18)
– Early second round (19-27)
– Late second round (28-36)
– Third round (37-54)
– Fourth round or later (55+)
It wasn’t easy to pick just ten players, but I’ve picked a smattering of different types, whose value I suspect there will be a range of different opinions on. They are:
Travis Cloke – Headed to the new premiers by all reports, was All-Australian just a few years ago but his kicking and defensive work are both suspect. Not a fan favourite!
Brett Deledio – The classic battle of short term vs long term. Elite player on the half-forward flank but surely only has two or three years left, at most.
Pearce Hanley – No shortage of class and knows how to win the ball in big amounts, but haven’t seen his best form in a while and his on-field attitude, at times, has been shockingly bad.
Hamish Hartlett – Plenty of talent but often seems to be running at only sixty or seventy per cent of his potential. Port want him out, What would you pay?
Brad Hill – Three-time premiership player. Got some speed, got some skills. Still quite young too. But do some off-field headaches decrease his value?
Jarryd Lyons – Can be a bit anonymous as a minor player in a non-Victorian team, but I reckon he had a great year. Only 24 too, plenty of footy ahead of him.
Caleb Marchbank – Top ten pick two years ago, highly rated by all and sundry, but has only played a handful of games. Wants to go to the Blues, but can they afford to trade away pick 5?
Tom Mitchell – Only 23 years old, knows how to find the footy and hits the scoreboard often enough – why can’t the Swans find a few more dollars for this bloke?
Jaeger O’Meara – The ultimate risk-reward scenario. Close to the best debut year we’ve ever seen, and backed it up in his second season, but hasn’t played a game since.
Tom Rockliff – Racks up the touches and the tackles, but does he do enough damage? Maybe he’d look a bit better in a top-flight team. Is attitude a problem?
These are the big questions that AFL clubs are asking themselves right now, and Roarers, we want to know what you reckon!
Have a vote below, and we’ll publish the results later this week.