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What you club needs from the AFL trade period: Part 2

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The trade period is fast approaching. Here’s what your club needs to do.

Stay up to date with the latest AFL trade rumours here.

Hawthorn

Rumoured players to arrive
Tom McDonald

Who and what they need
Hawthorn have struggled over the last three seasons to make the top eight, but this was bound to happen with experienced players like Cyril Rioli, Jarryd Roughead and Luke Hodge leaving the club and a rebuilding phase beginning. Or so we thought.

With Alastair Clarkson’s reluctance to get the draft and putting the ‘r-word’ in to practice the Hawks are always busy around this time of the year. One player that has been rumoured to be going to the once-successful club is Tom McDonald. A big-bodied tall forward who has a great set of hands and a beautiful kick (on his day) could be a great acquisition for the Hawks.

Tom McDonald

Tom McDonald of the Demons celebrates a goal. (Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Media/Getty Images)

A player who Hawthorn must go after is Ollie Wines. Wines is a prolific ball winner and has plenty of size about him. This size will help the likes of James Worpel and Tom Mitchell inside to spread the load.

How they get it done

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Port Adelaide: Pick 21
Hawthorn: Ollie Wines

Melbourne: Future third-round pick
Hawthorn: Tom McDonald

Melbourne

Rumoured players to arrive
Jared Polec

Who and what they need
Melbourne’s resurgence in 2018 was only temporary, as the Demons languished in 17th position in 2019. The Demons’ one-win-away-from-finals season was highlighted with Max Gawn dominating and Christian Petracca standing up in big moments.

When looking at the list, there are not many holes. You’ve got solid defenders in Steven May and Jake Lever, a midfield group that includes Jack Viney, Angus Brayshaw, Clayton Oliver, arguably the best ruck in the game in Max Gawn, and a forward line with the up-and-coming Sam Weideman, Christian Petracca and young star Kysaiah Pickett.

One thing the Demons may and should acquire in trade is running half-back or winger who is a good user. Jared Polec who is out of favor at Arden Street and struggled to keep his spot in a struggling North Melbourne side. The Demons could use his speed and ball use as they struggled with this part of the game and tried to manufacture players like Adam Tomlinson in this role.

Jared Polec

(Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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How they get it done
North Melbourne: Pick 62, 63 and Oscar McDonald
Melbourne: Jared Polec and Pick 57

North Melbourne

Rumoured players to arrive
Aidan Corr

Who and what they need
What more can you say? As we speak, the Kangaroos have delisted eleven players including Jaspar Pittard and Majak Daw. Ben Brown, Jared Polec, Shaun Higgins all look set to be out the door and the senior coach has taken stress leave for personal reasons.

The club is an absolute shamble and the plan outside looking in looks like they want to blow the club up and start afresh. The Kangas currently hold picks 2, 9, 25, 57, 65, 75. The Roos have to use the two top ten picks wisely and could use pick 2 on players such as Logan McDonald from Perth, who could be a perfect replacement for Ben Brown as he is a tall forward with imposing frame.

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The near future is looking bleak at North but, with a good trade period and the draft they could return to the days of Wayne Carey and John Longmire.

How they get it done
Pick 2: Logan McDonald
Pick 9: Oliver Henry

Port Adelaide

Rumoured players to arrive
Orazio Fantasia

Who and what they need
The Power were one kick away from a grand final, but I believe they are further from a flag than what it seems.

For Port to win a flag next year they seriously need another key forward and another key back. The key forward the Power should go after is ‘two-metre’ Peter Wright who has been virtually discarded the Gold Coast Suns, not being able to find a place in the side.

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Peter Wright

Peter Wright. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

This would be a great, cheap acquisition for Port, while giving a helping hand to Charlie Dixon in the big games and having a presence in the forward line.

The key back they should go after is Joel Hamling, who has been injured for a while and hasn’t been able to back up his herculean feats in the 2016 premiership with Western Bulldogs. The Dockers and Hamling aren’t seeing eye to eye – he hasn’t been able to get on the park since 2019.

How they get it done
Gold Coast Suns: Pick 53
Port Adelaide: Peter Wright

Fremantle: Pick 39
Port Adelaide: Joel Hamling

Essendon: Pick 31 and a future third-round pick
Port Adelaide: Orazio Fantasia

Richmond

Rumoured players to arrive
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Who and what they need
Who would have thought five years ago that Richmond were on the brink of three flags in four years and would require absolutely nothing in the trade period?

The Tigers’ success has been based around trade, but they will have a fight on their hands to keep the fringe players like Jack Higgins, Sydney Stack, Josh Caddy, Mabior Chol.

The Tigers would also like to keep their current draft picks (where possible) if not bundle the picks up to get higher up the pecking order. They currently hold picks 19, 32, 55, 73, 91.

How they get it done
Fremantle: picks 19 and 32
Richmond: pick 10

St Kilda

Rumoured players to arrive
Brad Crouch

Who and what they need
St Kilda’s rise up the ladder was significantly down the recruiting strategy of Simon Lethlean and David Rath. But the Saints still require a better list to be thereabouts once again. One important objective is to sign a big-bodied midfielder and, with Brad Crouch declaring the Saints his preferred destination, they’ve got their man.

Crouch could help midfielders such as Jack Steele and Zak Jones. The Saints are set on every line, forward, midfield and back, but they must get another midfielder.

How they get it done
Sign Brad Crouch

Sydney Swans

Rumoured players to arrive
Jesse Hogan

Who and what they need
The Sydney Swans will be back in the finals next year. Mark my words. With the likes of Josh Kennedy, Lance Franklin, Dane Rampe, Luke Parker, and Isaac Heeney the Swans have a solid list and could be bolstered with a few signings this trade period.

A player who has been rumoured to join the club is out-of-favour Docker Jesse Hogan. Hogan could provide the Swans with a whole different dynamic with him playing a sweeper role at half-forward which will provide even more space for superstar Buddy Franklin.

Jesse Hogan

Jesse Hogan. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos/via Getty Images )

How they get it done
Fremantle: Future second-round pick
Sydney: Jesse Hogan

West Coast Eagles

Rumoured players to arrive
Zac Langdon

Who and what they need
The Eagles have a very set list, but their age demographic is worrying. The Eagles have the second-oldest list in the AFL and, after selling the farm to Geelong, don’t have a first-round selection at this year’s draft. The Eagles need to get back into the draft and they could do this by bundling future picks as well this year’s picks to get a stronger hand in the draft.

How they get it done
West Coast: Pick 30, 45, Future first-round pick
Hawthorn: Pick 20, Future second-round pick

Western Bulldogs

Rumoured players to arrive
Mitch Hannan

Who and what they need
There is no secret that Tim English isn’t up to AFL standard yet. The Bulldogs are in desperate need of a mature-aged ruckman. The Bulldogs should look no further than Todd Goldstein and Stefan Martin, who are older, experienced ruckmen who will be great assets for the Bulldogs and English’s development.

» Stay up to date with all the latest AFL trade rumours here

The Bulldogs have an outstanding midfield, but the forward line did not click in 2020. They should target a fringe small to medium forward such as a Jack Higgins at Richmond who complements a forward line with Josh Bruce and Aaron Naughton.

How they get it done
North Melbourne: Pick 36
Western Bulldogs: Todd Goldstein

Richmond: Future second-round pick
Western Bulldogs: Jack Higgins

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