AFL trade news and rumours Day 3 wrap: Tom Rockliff, Jack Watts, Darcy Lang, James Aish

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    Tom Rockliff is only a formality away from officially being on the list at the Port Adelaide Power after accepting a four-year, $2.6 million deal from the club on Tuesday.

    It was a quiet day on the trade news front with the official announcement of Tom Rockliff’s defection to South Australia the only deal formally done.

    As a restricted free agent, things aren’t quite that easy – the Brisbane Lions have three days to decide whether or not they’ll match the offer.

    Of course, there doesn’t really seem to be anyone on the planet who thinks the Lions are any chance to do so, with the club no doubt valuing a top 20 draft pick above Rockliff’s contribution in their rebuild.

    The Lions are likely to find themselves holding picks 1, 12, 18 and 19 in this year’s draft after Rockliff’s move is formally completed, though it’s possible that pick 19 will get pushed back to pick 20 depending on the compensation for Steven Motlop leaving Geelong.

    Rockliff’s deal at Port Adelaide is reportedly worth about $650,000 per season, well short of what is believed to be about a $900,000 barrier required to bring clubs a compensation pick in the first round of the draft.

    In other news, Jack Watts toured Geelong on Tuesday and now faces a decision that by most reports has narrowed down to either Port Adelaide or the Cats.

    He has also been linked to Sydney and Collingwood, but most of the conversation is in the direction of him either taking an interstate move to the Power, or staying in Victoria by going to Geelong.

    Out-of-contract Cats midfielder Darcy Lang has reportedly drawn interest from both Carlton and North Melbourne, although there’s still a strong chance he could go to Gold Coast as part of the Gary Ablett deal.

    There has also been a little talk that Collingwood are willing to move on James Aish for the right place, though exactly what that right price would be isn’t clear.

    All things considered though it was a fairly quiet day on the trade front, and we can only hope that means the AFL’s list management movers and shakers are busy at work giving us something to talk about tomorrow and in the days to come.

    Josh Elliott
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    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.

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    • October 10th 2017 @ 5:20pm
      Mattyb said | October 10th 2017 @ 5:20pm | ! Report

      No need for Brisbane to match Rockliff,they’ve been down the bottom for a few years now,time to stock up on high picks and hit the draft.

      Lots of players linked here and there with not much getting done. I think there’s a couple of clubs who might need to try and split their first pick in order to satisfy trades while still staying relevant in the draft. The clubs that blink will be those that start trading out next years picks.

    • October 10th 2017 @ 6:20pm
      Mattician6x6 said | October 10th 2017 @ 6:20pm | ! Report

      Biggest news has to be boobgate…the insatiable need for salacious gossip in the guise of public service is irritating. Do we care that much that things like premiership medal next to breasts or stringer behaved like goose are now public fodder

    • October 10th 2017 @ 6:39pm
      Mattyb said | October 10th 2017 @ 6:39pm | ! Report

      Connors really turning on the water works on SEN,he usually plays a pretty straight bat but he sounded extremely frustrated. Not sure what his problem is but it sounds like he was thinking he would pull everyone’s strings and no one is having a bar of it.

      • October 10th 2017 @ 7:49pm
        Mattician6x6 said | October 10th 2017 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

        If what he says is true then his frustration is understandable imo.

        • October 10th 2017 @ 8:07pm
          Macca said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:07pm | ! Report

          What did he say?

          • October 10th 2017 @ 8:50pm
            Mattyb said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:50pm | ! Report

            Macca,he’s saying the dogs have back flipped but then said he should have done more homework himself,the dogs have always said they want a low first round pick.
            He said the dogs have kicked Stringer out so he can’t go back,but they’ve always said if the price isn’t right they’ll take him back.
            He then said that Stringer hasn’t actually nominated anyone specifically yet,but he has seemingly been sending messages that he has.
            It was a totally bizarre interview,completely all over the shop. He sounded a little rattled and extremely frustrated. I can see another club still getting involved now. It will be interesting if other clubs have put Stringer in the to hard basket or if Connors has told everyone he wants Essendon,which now appears untrue. Could be interesting tomorrow,with perhaps North tableing an offer.

            • October 11th 2017 @ 11:15am
              Mattician6x6 said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:15am | ! Report

              Trying best to protect His clients interests Matty, I wouldn’t be surprised if the young man in question is heading for a break down ala cuz.
              The public shaming that has gone on is obscene and with two listed players having time off for mental health issues already in past 6mths you would think the bullies would be a bit more professional.

          • October 10th 2017 @ 8:51pm
            Mattician6x6 said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:51pm | ! Report

            Its on afl site macca but pretty much saying you can’t call stringer a toxic influence then put barriers in trade.

            • October 11th 2017 @ 1:53am
              Don Freo said | October 11th 2017 @ 1:53am | ! Report

              Of course you can. Stringer has been toxic…but he can play. Now that he knows his club doesn’t want him to behave like that…or he can go, he has a choice. He can run away to another club and not confront his truth or he could stay and grow. If another club wants to facilitate his moral bankruptcy, they can pay a price for it. Freo’s prepared to offer Suban!

              Calling him out will be the best thing ever for him. Good on The Doggies and good on his missus.

              • October 11th 2017 @ 11:08am
                Mattician6x6 said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:08am | ! Report

                Don the bullies and his ex behaviour has been self serving behavior at its best and to say its a intervention as such is ridiculous. Dogs dropped it like that to give possible suitors time but also hung stringer out to dry as a fall guy for many. His ex would of been well remunerated for her interview (I didn’t read just seen ppl post tid bits) and if those things are true they would serve her better in a affidavit in the family court than in manner it was aired. The bullies backed themselves into a corner and made his position untenable by airing its linen publicly.

              • October 11th 2017 @ 11:24am
                Mattyb said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:24am | ! Report

                6×6,it seems more like Connors is playing the media game,all the dogs have said is they would like to trade him if they get a suitable deal,if not so be it.
                Stringer has issues that won’t automatically change at a new club,it’s him who needs to change,Connors doesn’t seem to be taking much interest in Stringers welfare at all.

              • October 11th 2017 @ 12:27pm
                Mattician6x6 said | October 11th 2017 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

                I would say the bullies are the ones who instigated the media game the week bevo and Wallis opened their mouths now Connors is trying to navigate very hostile territory. You can’t make someone the fall guy, ruin his market value then by way of him having a contract think you hold the cards.

              • October 11th 2017 @ 1:12pm
                Mattyb said | October 11th 2017 @ 1:12pm | ! Report

                6×6,the story was out before Beveridge said anything,and all Beveridge has said is we are willing to trade if a suitable deal is done,if not no trade.
                I agree it’s been all been poorly handled but I’d include Connors in all that.

    • October 10th 2017 @ 8:52pm
      Peter T said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:52pm | ! Report

      I am going to miss mots πŸ™ harshly dealt with by most cats “fans”

    • October 10th 2017 @ 8:54pm
      asd said | October 10th 2017 @ 8:54pm | ! Report

      Clubs worried talent leaving Easy fix open your eyes there is so much afl talent not used

    • October 10th 2017 @ 10:09pm
      Sammy said | October 10th 2017 @ 10:09pm | ! Report

      Adelaide news reporting brisbane to offer pick 12 for charlie cameron tomorrow. Unsure if there are any other pick swaps but that is a big win for the crows. Also talk that melbourne will offer their pick 10 + 2018 1st rounder + the watts pick for lever and crows pick 16. If that is true i hope it is geelongs pick 20 for watts!!

      • October 10th 2017 @ 10:35pm
        GJ said | October 10th 2017 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

        And The Age and the Courier Mail reporting 18/19.

        • October 10th 2017 @ 10:38pm
          Sammy said | October 10th 2017 @ 10:38pm | ! Report

          But i think that was before the channel 7 news broke as a few big footy posters have been clarifying. Afl trade shouter has sone interesting info as well

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        October 10th 2017 @ 10:37pm
        TomC said | October 10th 2017 @ 10:37pm | ! Report

        I’m pretty dubious about that channel 7 report. There appeared to be an awful lot of wishful thinking from a parochial local news about trade scenarios in general.

        And as GJ implies no one else is picking it up.

      • October 10th 2017 @ 11:10pm
        Crowbot said | October 10th 2017 @ 11:10pm | ! Report

        That Lever deal sounds very convoluted,why would they put in a pick that hasn’t been decided yet ? Adelaide have asked for pick 10 outright and they want to get pick 16 back ! I don’t even know if I want the Watts pick.