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The 2021 AFL trade period enters its final stretch, with a series of deals still to be confirmed. Join The Roar for a live blog and rolling coverage of the day’s news, rumours and action as the second week of the trade period begins from 9am (AEDT).
Some big dominos have already fallen in the first week, most notably Adam Cerra having his request to head to Fremantle granted. However, with Jordan Dawson still trying to get to Adelaide and speculation mounting over a multitude of senior Hawthorn players finding new homes, there’s still plenty of action to be seen in the last days of the period.
Last week’s action finished quietly, though Richmond and North Melbourne beat the 5pm deadline by facilitating a last-minute trade that saw Callum Coleman-Jones become a Roo and Robbie Tarrant head to Tigerland, along with a slew of draft picks.
North also showed just how desperate they are at picking up the exciting Jason Horne-Francis with their prized pick 1 in this year’s draft, knocking back a request from Adelaide to trade it, and by extension Horne-Francis, for their pick 4 and two first-rounders in 2022.
News broke over the weekend that GWS goalsneak Ian ‘Bobby’ Hill has requested a trade to Melbourne for family reasons, with Essendon tipped as the favourite to land him. Depending on how that trade goes, it has the potential to open up Fremantle tall Rory Lobb’s move back to his home state, though the Dockers remain adamant they’re reluctant to move him on.
Fremantle footy boss Peter Bell left Lobb’s manager Colin Young less than impressed, after he revealed on radio the Giants’ first offer for the forward-ruck wasn’t enough for the Dockers to consider moving him on.
As for the Hawks, coach Sam Mitchell’s apparent desire for some form of list cull will depend on the next few days. So far, only Tim O’Brien has jumped ship to the Western Bulldogs, but ruckman Jonathon Ceglar looks all but certain to head to Geelong sooner rather than later. Port Adelaide have reportedly expressed their interest in securing Jaeger O’Meara, but ball magnet Tom Mitchell, veterans Luke Breust and Jack Gunston and virtually everyone over 26 have all been placed on the table should anyone be interested.
Meanwhile, Jordan Dawson’s move from Sydney to the Crows still has to be finalised, though it’s looking likely another team will need to get involved to break the stalemate.
Join The Roar for a live blog of all the latest news throughout the trade and free agency period, starting from 9am (AEDT).