AFL trade news and rumours Day 2 wrap: Jake Stringer, Josh Schache, Bryce Gibbs, Jake Lever

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    The Essendon Bombers have got the nod from all three of Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Adam Saad, with Stringer’s people confirming today that the Bulldog wants to be a Bomber.

    Now comes the hard part – the Dons must do deals for all three, and they believe they can do it without sending away Aaron Francis, who has asked for a trade him to South Australia.

    Essendon have conceded that they will need to give up their first-round pick in this year’s draft, which is currently pick No.11 overall. The Bulldogs have asked for it in a straight deal for Stringer, but this seems unlikely.

    Also potentially on the table will be their second-round pick this year, pick No.28, and either their 2018 first or second round pick.

    The onus is essentially on Port Adelaide or Adelaide, if they want Francis, to present Essendon with a deal that convinces them to let him go.

    My advice to them would be this – work out something you could give to Gold Coast that they’d be happy with for Adam Saad, and then turn it into a three-way deal with the Bombers. The same approach might work with Devon Smith and the Giants, but probably not Jake Stringer and the Bulldogs.


    (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

    Adelaide certainly have some room to get flexible and look at potential targets given they’ve officially ruled out another play for Carlton’s Bryce Gibbs, acknowledging that Gibbs is happy at the Blues and stating they’re moving on from the deal.

    A potential deal for Jake Lever to depart the club is still at something of a standoff however with the Crows demanding two first-round picks from Melbourne, while Melbourne only want to offer their first and second-round picks this year.

    While the negotiations themselves don’t seem to have progressed a great deal, it is reported that the clubs are a bit closer to being able to have a cordial discussion than they were last week, when the trade seemed destined to descend into bitter feud.

    Adelaide also have Charlie Cameron wanting out of the club but they have flatly ruled out trading him this year. Of course, they wouldn’t be the first club to break their stance on that kind of ruling, so watch this space.

    All things considered there’s a good chance Adelaide find themselves with picks 10, 16 and 18 in this year’s draft and possibly any extra first-round next year too – that’ll allow them to do some real damage either in the draft or at the trade table.

    Jake Lever Adelaide Crows AFL 2017 tall

    (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

    Josh Schache looks more likely than not to be playing at a Victorian club next year, but exactly where is hard to say at the moment.

    Brisbane and Schache have mutually agreed to find a trade for the homesick key forward if a fair deal can be reached, but a serious suitor for his service is yet to emerge.

    Richmond, St Kilda and Essendon have already ruled themselves out – Richmond don’t have the room, St Kilda have key forwards enough already, and Essendon will have their hands full enough this trade period.

    I’d wager that Collingwood, Carlton, the Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn are the clubs to really keep an eye on with this one, but anything could happen depending on just how low a price the Lions are willing to charge.

    Josh Schache Brisbane Lions AFL 2016 tall

    (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)

    Jack Watts seems to have narrowed his options down to either Port Adelaide or Geelong, with the former perhaps the more likely, but Melbourne say he hasn’t informed them of a preferred destination just yet.

    GWS have ruled out any chance of Adam Tomlinson being traded home to Victoria this year, the Giants saying the contracted key defender is flat out not on the table, not even if St Kilda put up a top-ten pick.

    Kurt Tippett’s future is unclear with Sydney admitting they have an “open mind” to any offers for him this year. He’s been linked to a move to the Gold Coast Suns where former Swans assistant Stuart Dew was last week named senior coach.

    Fremantle have said they have no interest in Daniel Menzel, throwing his future in doubt as the unrestricted free agent doesn’t appear to have a clear suitor. He may have no choice but to accept a small deal at Geelong.

    Billy Hartung is no guarantee to remain at Hawthorn in 2018, with the Hawks admitting that his future is up in the air.

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    • Roar Guru

      October 9th 2017 @ 5:16pm
      Paul D said | October 9th 2017 @ 5:16pm | ! Report

      Hawks are just seeing if anyone is prepared to give them anything for Hartung before they delist him.

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see everyone down in Victoria hold fire on Schache and then see if they can pick him up even cheaper next season. Of course this assumes the Lions don’t get desperate and start shopping him around. Geez it’s frustrating seeing an endless succession of first draft picks walk out of the club. Just sucks all the hope out of things.

      • October 9th 2017 @ 5:25pm
        Macca said | October 9th 2017 @ 5:25pm | ! Report

        At least he signed so you have some bargaining power. Cold comfort I know but it is better than nothing.

        • Roar Guru

          October 9th 2017 @ 5:33pm
          Paul D said | October 9th 2017 @ 5:33pm | ! Report

          Yeah, he did do the right thing by us so clubs couldn’t sit back knowing he was uncontracted. I can’t blame him much personally, it’s just the system itself that perpetuates it.

      • October 9th 2017 @ 6:20pm
        Mattician6x6 said | October 9th 2017 @ 6:20pm | ! Report

        You will always have Daniel Rich though Paul.

        • Roar Guru

          October 9th 2017 @ 9:53pm
          Paul D said | October 9th 2017 @ 9:53pm | ! Report

          Based on last season we may actually get a couple of good seasons out of him yet

          finally seems to have worked out how to play defence and used his kicking to good effect. Mind you too he has played in 12 wins and 52 defeats these past 3 years so I guess I can’t blame him for being a bit morose, but he seems to be getting over his sulk

      • October 9th 2017 @ 6:40pm
        Jon boy said | October 9th 2017 @ 6:40pm | ! Report

        Do you think Hawks will Delist Hartung.? No champion but handy player at the right club. One being Lions i reckon……

        • October 9th 2017 @ 6:43pm
          Mattician6x6 said | October 9th 2017 @ 6:43pm | ! Report

          It’s an interesting one, if Hawks delist him then worth a mature rookie spot and that’d peanuts for His experience

          • October 9th 2017 @ 6:50pm
            Jon boy said | October 9th 2017 @ 6:50pm | ! Report

            Dead right Mattic.

      • October 9th 2017 @ 9:51pm
        Sammy said | October 9th 2017 @ 9:51pm | ! Report

        I just get a feeling that a 3 club deal is in the making with cameron wanting to go to brisbane and schache to victoria.hoping the crows can bring in something unexpected (good unexpected that is)

    • October 9th 2017 @ 5:24pm
      Macca said | October 9th 2017 @ 5:24pm | ! Report

      My tip is Schache to the bulldogs, the need a key forward desperately, they will probably have pick 9, 26 and something in between plus possibly a player to get something done while I can’t see Carlton being able to find a suitable trade, I doubt Collingwood has the cap space and only has pick 6 and 37 neither of which work and Hawthorn’s first pick is 33.

    • October 9th 2017 @ 6:00pm
      jim said | October 9th 2017 @ 6:00pm | ! Report

      Can Carlton be bold and give up 3 for multiple picks. And pack Gibbs bags for him. We don’t want players that only play seconds. For example summer, plamer, jaksch.

      • October 9th 2017 @ 7:13pm
        Macca said | October 9th 2017 @ 7:13pm | ! Report

        I hope not – the top 3 expected psi I all look high quality mids that could play straight away – I would prefer to get one of them than 2 later picks

    • October 9th 2017 @ 6:00pm
      jim said | October 9th 2017 @ 6:00pm | ! Report

      Can Carlton be bold and give up 3 for multiple picks. And pack Gibbs bags for him. We don’t want players that only play seconds. For example summer, plamer, jaksch.

    • Roar Guru

      October 9th 2017 @ 6:21pm
      Pumping Dougie said | October 9th 2017 @ 6:21pm | ! Report

      Josh, who do you think should have more currency on the market – Stringer (with his known faults and talent) or Schache (with his questionable potential)?

      If the Doggies were to lose Stringer for anything worse than Essendon’s pick 11, I’d be spewing. But if we effectively lost Stringer and gained Schache (if for Example Essendon converted their pick 11 and gave one to us around 17 or 18 for Stringer, which we gave to Brisbane for Schache), I’d still see that as a loss, but one that’s more palatable. Essendon would win big in my opinion, but all three clubs could spin it as positive.

      • October 9th 2017 @ 7:15pm
        Macca said | October 9th 2017 @ 7:15pm | ! Report

        I don’t pay more for Schache

      • October 9th 2017 @ 9:58pm
        Don Freo said | October 9th 2017 @ 9:58pm | ! Report

        Stringer is better by a long, long way. Stringer, however, should stay at The Bullies and ask them to help him. It would be THE great story of the post season.

        Helping people build their lives is Bevo’s schtick.

        • October 9th 2017 @ 10:29pm
          Macca said | October 9th 2017 @ 10:29pm | ! Report

          Hey Don – did you see the news about Coiln Sylvia?

          • October 10th 2017 @ 1:03am
            Don Freo said | October 10th 2017 @ 1:03am | ! Report

            Nah. Can’t say he has ever interested me. He seems to take your fancy.

    • October 9th 2017 @ 6:22pm
      Mattician6x6 said | October 9th 2017 @ 6:22pm | ! Report

      Ah chee for pick 68 is good value and should hopefully lure his younger brother back in next few years.

      • October 9th 2017 @ 10:02pm
        Don Freo said | October 9th 2017 @ 10:02pm | ! Report

        WC should go after Mitch Honeychurch. Good, young, skilled, tough and cheap.

        • October 9th 2017 @ 10:13pm
          Mattician6x6 said | October 9th 2017 @ 10:13pm | ! Report

          If true and he is prepared to look at moving from bullies would like wce to make a play for sure.

          • October 10th 2017 @ 12:54am
            Mattyb said | October 10th 2017 @ 12:54am | ! Report

            Don and M36,I agree with all those parts excerpt the skill part,Honeychurch really could improve his skill,it’s sometimes lacking even at VFL level. A third round pick would be a big win,a fourth would see it done. Honeychurch seriously lacks skill,I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s delisted and WC could get him for free or a swap of late picks the dogs won’t even use.

            • October 10th 2017 @ 8:27am
              Pumping Dougie said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:27am | ! Report

              Agreed Matty. Great player at the next level down. Great heart, attitude and team orientation. Just not quite good enough. But I’d love to have him at my local suburban club.