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The first week of the AFL trade period draws to a close today – things are pretty wild already, and set to get wilder. Join me here on The Roar where we’ll stay up to date with all the latest trade news and rumours, starting from 9am AEDT.
The major news that broke late yesterday is that, as suspected by some, Chad Wingard has nominated Hawthorn as his preferred trade destination.
There appears to be a lot going on behind the scenes here: Port have gone to great lengths to shape the narrative as being Wingard’s decision to seek a move, but there’s significant speculation that he’s been pushed to make the decision.
Who knows what’s really honest, so let’s focus on what does appear to be relatively certain.
What has been reported is Hawthorn’s initial offer to Port Adelaide involves not just their first round pick in the draft this year, currently No.15, but also star youngster Ryan Burton.
Burton was runner-up in the Rising Star Award to Andy McGrath just 12 months ago, but while he played a full season in 2018 it wasn’t as impressive – dropping off in some key areas statistically, and finishing a lowly 18th in Hawthorn’s best and fairest.
Burton is of course a South Australian originally, but despite the fact it would represent a move home to be closer to family, it’s been reported that he is ‘shattered’ by the news that Hawthorn want to trade him out of the club.
What’s more, it’s been said that Port Adelaide have rejected the offer from Hawthorn, and there’s been some word to suggest they’ll seek out not just Burton and pick 15, but Hawthorn’s 2019 first-round pick as well.
Plenty more to play out in this scenario certainly, and across the trade period as a whole.
Join me here on The Roar where we’ll stay up to date with all the latest trade news and rumours, starting from 9am AEDT.