The 2018 AFL trade period is set for a barnstorming finish tomorrow, with a number of small moves on day eight of the player movement window setting the scene for high drama ahead of the 8:30pm (AEDT) deadline.
The biggest deadline of the day came right before the final siren, with Tom Scully completing his shock move to the Hawks for just a 2019 fourth-round draft pick – which Hawthorn had acquired earlier in the day in a separate trade.
It had long been rumoured that Scully’s move to Glenferrie may come at a shockingly low price as the Giants look to ease salary cap pressure – with former Port Adelaide star Kane Cornes calling on the AFL to intervene with the perennial powerhouses got their hands on Scully at a crazy price.
But a 2019 fourth-rounder had seemed unfathomable – with the move widely criticised on social media by fans and analysts alike.
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— Kane Cornes (@kanecornes) October 16, 2018
GWS list manager Jason McCartney seemed to hint on Trade Radio, however, that the club had grave concerns on whether Scully would ever get back to his best after a horrific ankle injury that ended his season in round two – which could explain why they let him go for such a low price.
The Hawks were involved in the other late move of the day, with numerous sources reporting they’d offloaded Taylor Duryea to the Western Bulldogs for a fourth-round pick.
Editor’s note: Paperwork for this trade was officially lodged after publishing.
The whirlwind finish breathed much-needed life into a day that, while not short of player movements, offered somewhat little in the way of big developments.
Aside from rumours that Fremantle football boss Peter Bell was in discussions with Brisbane over Lachie Neale for much of the day, no progress was made on that long-awaited move.
Similarly, the Dockers are understood to be in a stalemate with GWS over Rory Lobb, as are Essendon – who are looking to pry Dylan Shiel away from Homebush.
While those deals are still likely to be completed by the time the trade period wraps up tomorrow, it’s not looking as good for some of the other potential deals out there.
Despite Brisbane publically acknowledging Dayne Beams’ desire to return home, it’s looking unlikely Collingwood will be able to present the Lions with an enticing enough deal, especially after they re-signed seven players to contract extensions, with Brisbane reportedly seeking a ready-made player in return.
Tim Kelly’s request to join the Eagles looks increasingly likely to be denied as well, with Geelong seemingly holding very firm on their asking price of a top-ten draft pick, and West Coast appearing to make no effort to score one from a rival club.
While Steven May indicated he was happy to join any Victorian club this offseason, it looks as if the stalemates over Jesse Hogan and Lobb will stop that move from happening – whether it’s the Demons he joins or not.
There were, however, a number of smaller deals that did cross the line – the first being Aaron Hall crossing from Gold Coast to North Melbourne for pick 68.
The Suns forwarded that pick onto the Adelaide Crows for a future fourth-round selection, and the Crows then forwarded it on again to Richmond in exchange for wantaway small forward Tyson Stengle.
Gold Coast were busy once more, sending pick 59 down to Geelong in exchange for out-of-favour midfielder George Horlin-Smith, while they also picked up ex-Fremantle player Sam Collins as one of their special assistance selections.
With a lot of dominoes still yet to fall, we’re sure to be in for another thrilling finish to the trade period tomorrow.