AFL trade news and rumours Day 6 live blog

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    Trading has begun in earnest after three deals were done yesterday, breaking what had become rather a stale old drought, and hopefully signaling more to come.

    Join me here on The Roar from 9am AEDT for all the latest news and rumours around trading and free agency.

    Three trades yesterday saw Jake Lever join Melbourne, Devon Smith move to Essendon, and Jarman Impey become a Hawk. We talked about them in depth.

    In particular, Ryan Buckland wrote the Melbourne have sold the farm to land Jake Lever – of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

    The deal has landed Adelaide a great bounty of draft picks, and renewed speculation that they could have a ping at Bryce Gibbs. They’ve said they’re not going to do that, but you should never believe what you hear at this time of year.

    The Devon Smith trade, which saw Essendon pass pick 11 on to the Giants, has put both them and the Western Bulldogs in a real pickle over what to do with Jake Stringer. I’ve written more about that here.

    In terms of today’s potential action, the one I’m watching closely is Steven Motlop, who is expected to make a decision soon on which club he will move to as a free agent.

    Adelaide seems the most likely choice, but Port Adelaide and Gold Coast might still be in the mix.

    That could set off a bit of a domino chain.

    If Motlop joins the Crows, then they might be more willing to concede to a deal with the Brisbane Lions for Charlie Cameron, presumably a straight swap for pick 18 or pick 19.

    Motlop’s decision will also likely have some impact on Port Adelaide’s pursuit of Jack Watts, and Geelong’s as well.

    It’s not clear at the moment whether or not Port intend to land both Motlop and Watts if possible, and if Motlop leaves then the compensation pick Geelong receives could be a vital part of a trade for Watts.

    Of course, Geelong might also put together a package for the Package – they have picks 21 and 34 already and if they get some handy Motlop compensation could try to swoop in on the Jake Stringer trade with a more attractive offer to the Bulldogs than Essendon can provide.

    Join me here on The Roar from 9am AEDT for all the latest news and rumours around trading and free agency.

    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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    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 5:00pm | ! Report

      That’s all for today (and this week), folks. Join me here again on Monday for what will surely be a busy second week. Here’s the wrap of all today’s best news.

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 4:49pm | ! Report

      Herald Sun reporting that Jack Watts has settled on Port Adelaide.

      • 4:52pm
        Macca said | 4:52pm | ! Report

        That weekend away worked wonders!

        Would he have had time to clear the city limits?

        • 5:18pm
          Pope Paul VII said | 5:18pm | ! Report

          He’s got the wayfarers on, the top down on the mustang and he’s heading west without a care in the world

      • Roar Guru

        Cat said | 4:52pm | ! Report

        So Sun says he made choice and Bowen says no choice this week …

        • Roar Guru

          JamesH said | 4:57pm | ! Report

          Sun says that’s the inside word, not official yet. Apparently he won’t make an announcement while the Stringer situation is in limbo… not sure how that affects Port or Melbourne tho.

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 4:05pm | ! Report

      Daniel Robinson has requested a trade out of Sydney despite being contracted there for next year – not clear who, if anyone, is interested yet. This one has come out of the blue a bit.

      • Roar Guru

        Cat said | 4:10pm | ! Report


        • Editor

          Josh Elliott said | 4:15pm | ! Report

          Yeah, pretty much. He’s a fairly vanilla inside midfieldery type – I’d be surprised if there was much interest. Maybe a good fit at a club who needs to fill out some depth. Anthony Miles type.

      • 4:46pm
        David C said | 4:46pm | ! Report

        Is this another Xavier Richards type request?

        • Editor

          Josh Elliott said | 4:48pm | ! Report

          He’s contracted for next year, so it won’t go quite that badly at least, but it does have a similar feel to it.

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 4:00pm | ! Report

      Sam McClure saying that the Stringer deal will get done one way or another, only a matter of time, and also says Blues won’t take pick 10 alone for Bryce Gibbs.

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 3:26pm | ! Report

      Seems like it’s a choice between Port Adelaide and Geelong at the moment.

      • Roar Guru

        JamesH said | 3:44pm | ! Report

        I actually feel for Watts. It really seems like he doesn’t want to leave the Dees.

        • Editor

          Josh Elliott said | 3:49pm | ! Report

          Yeah, I’d say it’s entirely their idea – I’d guess he just doesn’t fit the culture they’re trying to build, seems like a guy who is just happy to be there rather than being a hellbent competitor type. Of course, that’s just my read from very afar, I don’t know the bloke personally.

          • 4:10pm
            AD said | 4:10pm | ! Report

            Makes you wonder why Port or Geelong (or anybody) would be interested in him if that were the case, though?

            Seems more like a financial issue ie needing to make space for Lever’s contract? Watts isn’t really an integral part of Melbourne’s best 22 but still has some trade currency, so he’s the one they can most easily afford to force out the door?

            • Editor

              Josh Elliott said | 4:15pm | ! Report

              I think Melbourne might have a stronger ethos on it than others, to be honest, since it’s some of a reaction to a completely non-competitive culture they had for a while there.

            • Roar Guru

              Cat said | 4:17pm | ! Report

              Don’t think it is about cap space at all. Demons are pricing him too high to be a salary dump.

      • 4:16pm
        Pope Paul VII said | 4:16pm | ! Report

        As should we all

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 3:12pm | ! Report

      About a Chris Mayne-sized deal, then.

      • Roar Guru

        Cat said | 3:16pm | ! Report

        Fit right in at PA – downhill skiing front runner.

      • Roar Guru

        Pumping Dougie said | 3:21pm | ! Report

        At least they’re being consistent with the generosity of their contracts to other average players (e.g. Lobbe, Hartlett, Dixon).

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 2:54pm | ! Report

      Port Adelaide have formally lodged paperwork for Steven Motlop.