AFL trade news and rumours Day 4 live blog

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    We’re a few days into the AFL trade and free agency period and still waiting for our first trade of the year – will it come today? Join The Roar today from 9am AEDT for a live blog of all the news and rumours.

    What is that first deal likely to be? It’s hard to say, but there’s a bit of talk that Jarman Impey’s move from Port Adelaide to Hawthorn might be the first exchange of the year to be formally ticked off.

    In terms of the larger trades that are at work though there has been at least a little bit of progress in some of the big name deals.

    Jake Lever’s move to Melbourne looks a much smoother process than it did just a week ago when he requested the move, with Melbourne reportedly willing to consider giving the Crows two first-round picks as requested if they get something back the other way.

    Essendon however seem to face a serious battle to get all of Jake Stringer, Demon Smith and Adam Saad on their list. They reportedly made an offer of pick 11 to Gold Coast for pick 19 and Saad which has been knocked back.

    The Bombers have said they’re open to trading Aaron Francis home to South Australia if the right deal comes up, and there’s also some talk of Travis Colyer being on the trade table.

    Speaking of Gold Coast, they may be in the market to do a pick swap with St Kilda, with the deal likely revolving around the Saints giving up picks 7 and 8 for Gold Coast’s pick 2 and an early second-round selection.

    However that may be complicated by the possibility of St Kilda still being in the market for more established talent, with some speculation that despite GWS ruling out trading Adam Tomlinson, he may still be a chance to move.

    Darcy Lang also appears to have three potential suitors in Gold Coast, Carlton and North Melbourne, with the latter’s pursuit reportedly being the most advanced.

    Join The Roar today from 9am AEDT for a live blog of all the news and rumours.

    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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    • 6:58pm
      sammy said | 6:58pm | ! Report

      • Roar Guru

        Cat said | 7:25pm | ! Report

        Took a quick squizz through his previous tweets, don’t see anything accurate amoungst them

        • Roar Guru

          TomC said | 7:35pm | ! Report

          That’d be kind of fun actually. Set up an anonymous twitter account with ‘AFL’ and ‘trade’ in the title and throughout the trade period tweet a mix of confirmed news and ridiculous guesses and see how far the latter spread through the internet.

    • 6:46pm
      dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | 6:46pm | ! Report

      Just read North football chief Cameron Joyce told NMFC On Air on Wednesday that North “has spoken to other opposition midfielders the media has yet to identify”.

      Given they’re not willing to trade picks (except for a Martin or Kelly type), but have cash that must be spent, what’s the chance they’d be interested in an experienced, on-the-cusp-of-best-22 free agent like … Nick Suban?



    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 5:19pm | ! Report

      Tom Rockliff:

      “I met with Ken Hinkley, Travis Boak and some other key people at Port Adelaide after the season and was really impressed.

      “I think the club can be great for me as a footballer and I think I have a lot to offer the club too.

      “Port Adelaide is coming off a strong season and everyone is optimistic about what we can achieve in 2018.”

      Jason Cripps (PA list manager):

      “He’s an elite ball-winner, a good decision maker and is versatile with his ability to impact in the midfield and up forward.

      “Tom is a recognised and experienced leader who will provide invaluable direction on-field, [he] had several options and we’re pleased he chose us.

      “We’re confident Tom and the club will work together and in time prove this was the right decision.”

    • Roar Guru

      AdelaideDocker said | 5:15pm | ! Report

      What? Is that a trade I’m seeing?


      • 5:18pm
        Macca said | 5:18pm | ! Report

        No not a trade AD – the finalisation of a free agency deal that was agreed to last Thursday.

      • Editor

        Josh Elliott said | 5:20pm | ! Report

        Not quite a trade! But some kind of concrete news at least.

        • Roar Guru

          AdelaideDocker said | 5:21pm | ! Report

          Meh, close enough.

          Of course it happens as you’re closing up the blog, though!

          • Roar Guru

            Cat said | 5:38pm | ! Report

            AFL announcing the official compo pick will the sum up tomorrows entire trade day.

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 5:12pm | ! Report

      That’s gonna take some getting used to.

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 5:10pm | ! Report

      Brisbane confirm they’ve received an end-of-first round pick, No.18 overall, for Rockliff. That pushed their current second-round pick down to 19, so they have picks 18 & 19 (as well as 1 and 12 inside the first round).

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 5:09pm | ! Report

      David Noble:

      “Tom has been a wonderful contributor to our club over a long period of time, providing leadership as the Captain and a multiple best & fairest winner. We understand that free agency allows players to explore the market and look at their options after eight years of service to the Club. We wish Tom, Sharna & Jack all the best with their new venture but will never forget his contribution to our Club.”

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 5:09pm | ! Report

      Oi that’d be right, aye? Just as we’re officially wrapping up, it’s confirmed that Brisbane won’t match the bid for Tom Rockliff. He’s officially a Port Adelaide player. Expect we’ll get formal confirmation of the compensation pick soon.