AFLW star Tayla Harris biggest story in AFL trading period

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    The first ever AFLW trade period has officially kicked off today, with many interesting moves sure to be made in the next 12 days.

    While we are less likely to see as many high profile trades as in the AFL, each club must delist at least five players from their inaugural list, while adding eight more.

    This means numerous players will be wearing different colours in 2018 and lots of fresh new talent will be uncovered.

    One star who is on the table however is Brisbane Lions key forward Tayla Harris. It has been speculated throughout the week that the 2017 All Australian is considering a move to Victoria, with Carlton the alleged front runners.

    While the Blues would love to do a deal, giving star forward Darcy Vescio a quality tall forward to crumb off, it will be interesting to see if they are able to satisfy the Lions requests. Due to the nature of the league, all parties must consent to any trades that occur.

    This will make it difficult for Carlton to find a suitable offer for the Lions, unless they can convince a player to sacrifice their work commitments and move to Brisbane.

    Harris, a five-time junior All Australian, has made the unusual decision to focus on her boxing career and skip state football this season, with her first fight believed to be scheduled for the middle of the year.

    Interestingly, the Lions have made a move for Bulldogs midfielder Emma Kearney, suggesting they are willing to negotiate under the right circumstances. However, the secondary school teacher declined the offer, choosing to remain at the Kennel.

    While nobody is quite certain how this trade period will play out, we can be sure there will be plenty of action!

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    • May 16th 2017 @ 8:26am
      I ate pies said | May 16th 2017 @ 8:26am | ! Report

      haha, “biggest story in trading period”…yeah right. Other than a few sycophants and their families no-one cares.

      • May 16th 2017 @ 10:30am
        Micko said | May 16th 2017 @ 10:30am | ! Report

        you seem to have cared by reading the article.

        • May 16th 2017 @ 10:59am
          I ate pies said | May 16th 2017 @ 10:59am | ! Report


      • May 16th 2017 @ 10:34am
        Birdman said | May 16th 2017 @ 10:34am | ! Report

        the world’s bigger than just the one you live in

        • May 16th 2017 @ 10:59am
          I ate pies said | May 16th 2017 @ 10:59am | ! Report


      • May 16th 2017 @ 12:07pm
        northerner said | May 16th 2017 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

        “Other than a few sycophants and their families no-one cares.” What a coincidence! I feel much the same about your comment.

        • May 16th 2017 @ 12:17pm
          I ate pies said | May 16th 2017 @ 12:17pm | ! Report

          double yawn

          • May 16th 2017 @ 7:11pm
            Mickyo said | May 16th 2017 @ 7:11pm | ! Report

            You seem to have a very big mouth, but say very little of substance.

      • Roar Guru

        May 16th 2017 @ 12:17pm
        Cat said | May 16th 2017 @ 12:17pm | ! Report

        If you didn’t care you would keep your vituperation to yourself.

        • May 16th 2017 @ 7:12pm
          JB said | May 16th 2017 @ 7:12pm | ! Report

          Too many syllables in vituperation for him (it has to be a him)

      • Roar Guru

        May 16th 2017 @ 12:19pm
        Paul D said | May 16th 2017 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

        It really burns you that women get paid to play footy doesn’t it

    • May 16th 2017 @ 8:46am
      Birdman said | May 16th 2017 @ 8:46am | ! Report

      Just a co-incidence that a marquee player wants away from the Lions after a single season in which they went very close?

      Brisbane can’t take a trick.

      • May 16th 2017 @ 11:13am
        Casper said | May 16th 2017 @ 11:13am | ! Report

        It would be interesting to know what her reasons are. She is a Queenslander, already a marquee and playing for a good team.

        Might have something to do with potential media roles.

        • Roar Guru

          May 16th 2017 @ 11:43am
          Dalgety Carrington said | May 16th 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

          It said in the article she was focussing on a budding boxing career, maybe she thinks she could manage it more successfully in Melbourne?

        • May 16th 2017 @ 3:39pm
          Keagan Ryan said | May 16th 2017 @ 3:39pm | ! Report

          Funnily enough, I’m led to believe she’s moving to get away from the attention. She didn’t enjoy being a marquee player and the spotlight that it entailed. By leaving the Lions she will make less money (not being a marquee player) but will be like any other AFLW player. Of course her talent will ensure there’s naturally still hype around her, but I’m guessing her new club will shield her as much as possible.

          • Roar Guru

            May 16th 2017 @ 3:47pm
            Paul D said | May 16th 2017 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

            It sucks, bigtime. Fair play to her, it’s her career but it sucks that QLD produces one of the best players in the competition, and not even an import, grew up in the northern suburbs, spent her whole life here so far and now she wants to go play in Melbourne after just one year in the comp.


            also – someone leaving Brisbane for Melbourne for less attention when playing AFL – righto, now I’ve heard it all. What hype. Most people in Brisbane don’t even know what AFL is let alone who she is

            • Roar Guru

              May 16th 2017 @ 7:46pm
              TomC said | May 16th 2017 @ 7:46pm | ! Report

              Yeah, that seems hard to believe.

          • May 16th 2017 @ 10:10pm
            Jack Russell said | May 16th 2017 @ 10:10pm | ! Report

            Yeah, I call bullsh*t on that. You don’t leave a good team in your home state and move to Victoria to get away from the attention. If anything there will be significantly more attention on her as a boom recruit in Melbourne than there ever would be in Brisbane, irrespective of how much she is getting paid.

            It’s one of the more baffling player movements i’ve seen, especially given the season only goes a couple of months – is she going to live in Melbourne the whole year? If not it’s all the more mystifying.

    • May 16th 2017 @ 12:37pm
      Republican said | May 16th 2017 @ 12:37pm | ! Report

      I watched a replay of WB v Melbourne at the Western Oval on the plane back from Dublin last week.
      This was a revelation. The quality of the game was exceptional and while the physicality was not as dynamic as the mens game, I very much enjoyed the fluid nature of the game which ensured a highly skilful spectacle put on by these quality women athletes.
      I will definitely be tuning in next season to view further contests while I very rarely tune into the mens equivalent of stop start grovel ball.
      More power to our women who consistently out do our men in maintaining some semblance of status quo both domestically and internationally, in respect of Australian sport.

    • May 16th 2017 @ 4:26pm
      BrainsTrust said | May 16th 2017 @ 4:26pm | ! Report

      I don;t understand how you contract players on a pittance for a short period and then you can trade them .
      The concept of a trade is when a player is on a multi year contract, these players should be nearly all free agents.

      • Roar Guru

        May 20th 2017 @ 4:58am
        The_Wookie said | May 20th 2017 @ 4:58am | ! Report

        players from last year basically are if they arent relisted or are listed for less money.

    • May 16th 2017 @ 7:08pm
      Mickyo said | May 16th 2017 @ 7:08pm | ! Report

      She is s good looking kid, I would advise against boxing.

      • May 16th 2017 @ 8:46pm
        Andy og said | May 16th 2017 @ 8:46pm | ! Report

        Im sure you.dont.mean offense but you.are kind of missing the message. Taylah obviously does how how she.appears to others,she wants judged on her sporting prowess.

    • Roar Guru

      May 18th 2017 @ 11:53am
      DingoGray said | May 18th 2017 @ 11:53am | ! Report

      Not sure how Carlton get this deal done considering the deal they’ve just done with Collingwood.

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