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Brad Crouch call looms as AFL trades begin

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3rd November, 2020
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The AFL trade period opens on Wednesday with Adelaide facing a deadline on whether to match St Kilda’s free agency offer to Brad Crouch.

The AFL trade period commences on Wednesday with uncertainty over whether Adelaide midfielder Brad Crouch will be a part of it.

The official trade period begins at 9am (AEDT) but the Crows have until 5pm on Wednesday to decide if they will match St Kilda’s bid for the restricted free agent or let him walk.

Last week, Adelaide head of football Adam Kelly indicated the Crows would match the bid if the Saints’ offer didn’t draw pick two as compensation.
He added that Adelaide were prepared to keep Crouch if a trade couldn’t be agreed.

Speculation abounds that the Crows would only be given a second-round compensation, around pick 23, but selections are expected to be further pushed back by academy bids.

If Adelaide match St Kilda’s offer, they will be the second team to take the unusual step this year after Greater Western Sydney matched Geelong’s offer to Jeremy Cameron.

The Giants and Cats will head to the trade table with the Cats’ bevy of first-round picks – currently 13, 15 and 20 – firmly in the Giants’ sights.

GWS will complete a deal for Fremantle forward Jesse Hogan at some point in the trade period while North Melbourne goal kicker Ben Brown has requested a trade to Melbourne.

The Giants are expected to secure Melbourne’s back-up ruckman Braydon Preuss but Jye Caldwell (Essendon), Zac Langdon (West Coast) and Jackson Hately (Adelaide) are on the way out of GWS.

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The Bombers will seek to add to their strong early draft hand in negotiations with Carlton for Adam Saad and Port Adelaide for Orazio Fantasia, while also working to secure Caldwell.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the trade period will be conducted virtually with the AFL Review Centre being used as the main hub.

Clubs will negotiate in virtual meetings and deals will be submitted via an online trade system.

The trade period ends at 7:30pm on Thursday 12 November.

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