AFL trade news and rumours Day 8 live blog

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    Jack Watts traded from Melbourne Demons to Port Adelaide Power for pick 31.

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    Brendon Ah Chee and Port Adelaide Power’s 2018 fourth-round pick traded from Port Adelaide Power to West Coast Eagles for West Coast Eagles’ 2018 third-round pick.


    There’s only three more days of trading left and still plenty to be done after only five deals have been done in the trade period so far.

    Join me here on The Roar for all the latest AFL trade news and rumours throughout the day, starting from 9am AEDT.

    Yesterday saw one more trade done with Adam Saad joining Essendon in exchange for the Dons’ 2018 second-round pick.

    It means Essendon have secured two of their three targets this offseason and how have only Jake Stringer left that they need to land.

    Both parties appear to be playing chicken a bit on that deal though, and truth be told I don’t expect it to be formalised until Thursday.

    However one other big piece of news was Lachie Weller making the decision to request a trade to Gold Coast, turning down a four-year extension from Fremantle.

    Fremantle have reportedly already requested Gold Coast’s pick 2 in exchange for him, which is so laughably ridiculous as to make you wonder if list managers should be drug tested.

    The most likely result instead would be a three-team deal that sees Fremantle gain both Nathan Wilson and Brandon Matera while dealing Weller to Gold Coast – with the Suns giving the Giants something to satisy them for the loss of Wilson.

    We also heard former North Melbourne skipper Andrew Swallow say he’d be happy to take a trade to Gold Coast, and North Melbourne formally confirmed that they’re happy to make a deal.

    So that one appears now to largely depend on whether or not Gold Coast decide they want him – it’d make sense for them if they want a mature, experienced leader to help their youth develop.

    Join me here on The Roar for all the latest AFL trade news and rumours throughout the day, starting from 9am AEDT.

    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 | 5:04pm | ! Report

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 4:56pm | ! Report

      A small distinction to make, the fourth-round pick that has gone to West Coast along with Brendon Ah Chee is the one that belonged to Hawthorn which Port acquired in the Jarman Impey trade.

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 4:08pm | ! Report

      • Roar Guru

        Cat said | 4:10pm | ! Report

        Now just need the Stringer situation to play out so the Ablett deal can get done and Lang and Menzel futures can be sorted.

      • 4:11pm
        Macca said | 4:11pm | ! Report

        Is that an “artists impression” of Watts?

      • 3:56pm
        Macca said | 3:56pm | ! Report

        Port have given up pretty much nothing to get 3 regular senior players, the question becomes given the 3 players all have some (or have had) question marks over either consistency, attitude or desire (or all 3) are they the players to push them into contention?

        Also it would surely create an interesting salary cap situation for the club, given their salary cap history.

        • 4:05pm
          Mattician6x6 said | 4:05pm | ! Report

          Won’t be surprised if watts pulls off a forty-50 goal season at port next year. I find watts, darling and stringer are very similar , big enough to be a presence not big enough to be the key, the way Darling leads his opponent out of the corridor to give Kennedy best chance to lead up the guts is a fact alot of ppl bypass when critiquing him, if watts can do the same for Dixon and if it eventuates stringer for daniher ,aswell as kick forty plus a season both will be excellent gets.

          • 4:11pm
            Macca said | 4:11pm | ! Report

            Mattician – all 3 could have absolute blinding seasons or all 3 could do nothing.

            I think Port have done the right thing in getting them in for nothing but it is still a gamble.

            Rockliff is the most likely to have a good season but does he fill a hole they need filled?

            • 4:24pm
              Mattician6x6 said | 4:24pm | ! Report

              I agree that the players that port have got on paper look to improve them but yes it is a gamble ( watched wce go all in after 2015 with no reward)
              Yes all 3 could flop next year but Darling has a defensive workrate the other two lack but I do think public expectations on all 3 is a bit out of whack on the reality.

        • 5:57pm
          Don Freo said | 5:57pm | ! Report

          Watts is THE bargain of the trade period. Watts and Charlie Dixon with Robbie Gray, Motlop and a powerful support cast will definitely produce a goal or two.

          Still a pretty fragile back half.

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 3:52pm | ! Report

      Done deal, for pick 31.

      • Roar Pro

        Darren M said | 3:55pm | ! Report

        So long Jack Watts. Melbourne (fans at least) WILL miss you.

        • Editor

          Josh Elliott said | 3:57pm | ! Report

          I’ve got to assume Cat is having a big party at his place to celebrate him not coming to Geelong.

          • Roar Guru

            Cat said | 4:04pm | ! Report

            Quite happy. Happy that Watts found somewhere he is wanted to, all the best to him, just don’t think he’d have helped my club.

        • 5:02pm
          Stephen said | 5:02pm | ! Report

          I hear you Darren. Watts was close with the previous coach – Roos. Not so with Goodwin. I guess we should respect – a change at the top will bring fresh judgement on all players. Hope he goes well at Port. To be that cool in front of goal as Watts is, takes a very calm personality. That personality is obviously frustrating for Goodwin. And his weaknesses outweighed his strengths – according to the coach. But players who can finish in front of goals like Watts are hard to find!

    • Editor

      Josh Elliott said | 3:34pm | ! Report

      Herald Sun says that Melbourne has accepted Port Adelaide’s offer of pick 31 for Jack Watts.

      • 3:48pm
        Harsh Truth Harry said | 3:48pm | ! Report

        That’s fair and keeps him away from the Bombers so I’m happy

    • Roar Rookie

      WCE said | 2:51pm | ! Report

      The deal with West Coast and Ah Chee is complete. Just what we need too a big bodied mid. Interesting to see who WC have in there sights come draft time. I have heard Liam Ryan ifrom Subi s a target

      • 3:15pm
        Mattyb said | 3:15pm | ! Report

        Love Liam Ryan,total excitement machine.
        I’d imagine Tim Kelly will also be a target and possibly Schoithe also. Some of the WA guys have suggested Schoithe has close links with one of the assistant coaches at WC.

        • 3:58pm
          Mattician6x6 said | 3:58pm | ! Report

          Will love it if we get Ryan, as you say Matty Kelly and schloithe are possibly in the mix to. Good to see Watson & bayok retained, the upside to Watson is massive if he gets an uninterrupted run at it this pre season. Still of the belief things are not as dire at wce as some of the views out there suggest.

        • Roar Guru

          JamesH said | 3:59pm | ! Report

          Probably won’t need high draft picks for those guys either, hence the alleged interest in trading down pick 13.

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