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A New South Welshman, supporting a West Australian team, living in South Australia, now studying in Germany. Unashamedly a Freo fan (and member!). Budding writer, and do a bit of live-blogging.

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No clue. I’m still a little confused why Neale departed the club, if I’m honest.

But Kelly’s situation was ridiculous. You had a player wanting out to WA whilst contracted, a manager allegedly advising his client against a club, one WA club locked out of discussion and another WA club trying but failing to convince a stubborn Geelong to let him go.

Not your ideal trade situation, hey?

The Giants aren't done, Peter Bell is a golden god and other observations from this year's trade period

Pendlebury going forward hasn’t happened too much, has it? How effective is he (or would he be) up there?

The Giants aren't done, Peter Bell is a golden god and other observations from this year's trade period

On the basis of most surprises, sure, the Hawks might’ve won the off-season, but I’m not too sure of the effectiveness of their trading just yet.

Wingard is and will be brilliant, and Scully was a coup – but for mine I can’t work out if they were necessary trades or just trading for the sake of trading. Scrimshaw seems questionable, by all accounts – and they’ve weakened their draft hand this year.

This being Hawthorn, I could be eating my words by March, but their past few weeks have seem to be looking astute – but nothing particularly effective. We’ll see.

The Hawks might have won another offseason

Sure, Ryan might be overstating Bell’s first few weeks on the job a tad, but he’s still done a very good job regardless. We sent out one player and three picks, and received four players + four picks in return. Given we’re now in a much better draft position, and have fulfilled several of our pressing needs, it’s a good haul whatever way you look at it.

Neale’s loss is disappointing, sure, but I’d say we made the best of a bad situation in that one. And, please don’t criticise Bell or the club for the (almost farcical, tbh) Kelly situation – Freo through no fault of their own were locked out of those convos almost from the very start of that saga.

The Giants aren't done, Peter Bell is a golden god and other observations from this year's trade period

That made me laugh a little more than it should’ve.

The Giants aren't done, Peter Bell is a golden god and other observations from this year's trade period

Yeah, sounds a bit unders for a kid of Kelly’s calibre.

Still hoping he’ll stay at Geelong and Freo will poach him next year, however unlikely that is.

AFL Trade Wrap Day 8: Tom Scully, Steven May, Tim Kelly and more

Trueeee. I was really saying that in a fairly sarcastic way tbh, much as I imagine Kanga was being sarcastic re: Bolt + replicating Cox’s success in the other sport.

I'm on the Bolt bandwagon - and you should be too

I mean, he’d have the speed for footy! Also, footy’s harder than your giving it credit for.

I'm on the Bolt bandwagon - and you should be too

Ahh, typos are no biggie. I’ve probably made dozens over the many live blogs I’ve done on here since last year.

By the way, let’s hope our club’s trading team is as sensible as the plan you’ve described. Here’s hoping!

Where to from here for Freo? A supporter's view

NYTimes in July. CNN, too, back in August. And The Guardian on the weekend.

Any coverage is vastly better than no coverage, hey!

I'm on the Bolt bandwagon - and you should be too

This is the best analysis of Freo’s current situation I’ve seen thus far, Scott. Great piece.

Where to from here for Freo? A supporter's view

Oh, you’ve gotta love when Freo’s in the limelight. I swear we’re one of the most divisive clubs in the league.

I don’t see what’s so wrong with a club being happy enough to walk away from a deal that doesn’t favour them. All Freo supporters would love Hogan, but not if it’s going to have an outsized, detrimental effect on the club’s draft hand.

Neale’s put Freo in a tricky situation, too. Hard to balance the optics of a star allegedly wanting to go home and dealing with the pressure of negotiating the arrival of what the media’s taken fond of dubbing “the next piece of the puzzle”.

Dear Fremantle, I hope you know what you're doing

This is embarrassing from both of you tbh 😉

AFL Trade Wrap Day 6: Jesse Hogan, Tom Scully, Ryan Burton and more

I might just be sleep deprived or (a little) hungover, but I have zero clue what to make of Freo right now.

I think there’s a very good chance that negotiations won’t really stop and they’ll be another twist before Wednesday, because if there isn’t Bell would’ve just definitively slammed shut that door for the year.

Also, goddamn the Saints got a big, big bargain in terms of the Hannebery deal! Some nifty work, really, and Dean Kent should also be a good pick-up.

AFL Trade Wrap Day 6: Jesse Hogan, Tom Scully, Ryan Burton and more

I think that’s a great thing, tbh. Buckley certainly deserves a break – he’s had a helluva year.

AFL Trade Wrap Day 4: Mitch McGovern, Jared Polec, Gary Rohan and more

I’m in Germany at the moment, and this absolutely does not surprise me.

Bundesliga fan juggles 8 beers and a bratwurst

Yuuup. Hit the nail on the head with that forward line comment.

Lobb’s certainly worth trading for, particularly if we do it cheaply.

AFL Trade Wrap Day 3: Dylan Shiel, Scott Lycett, Chad Wingard and more

Yeaaaaaah, we’re not getting Hipwood for Neale. I’d have to presume that’s either pure media speculation or just us muddying the waters around the trade given (a contracted) Neale’s a big ask, anyway.

I’d probably expect the Hogan to Freo trade to get done first, given surely Freo’s hierarchy knows that trading Neale before Hogan has an element of risk – imagine the frustration if Neale leaves and we don’t end up poaching Hogan.

AFL Trade Wrap Day 3: Dylan Shiel, Scott Lycett, Chad Wingard and more

Phenomenal writing, Jay. Absolutely brilliant. Sports journalism at its wonderful peak.

As much as it pains me to say, this Eagles team is something very special. And boy oh boy did most people underestimate them headed into this season. Both them and Collingwood should be super proud of their 2018 seasons.

Destiny makers: How the Eagles re-wrote their story and seized the premiership

To be fair, Pete, it’s very very hard to objectively list every great moment from the season. The Dogs’ win was a good one.

Besides, it all depends on how Ryan rates ‘great games’. Close victories might be more emotionally impactful to him than larger margins (as both preliminary finals ended up being).

Best of the best: My top ten moments of the 2018 AFL season

Collingwood beating Richmond in the prelim is up there in my best moments. Also, a little left field, but I loved the spirit of all eighteen coaches making it to the ‘G for the Big Freeze. Neither are something you see everyday.

Best of the best: My top ten moments of the 2018 AFL season

Oooof, North can’t take a trick.

Also, hopefully this allows Freo to work just a bit harder in luring Kelly to the club.

Gaff rejects Roos, re-signs with West Coast

We were trying to get the likes of Waite and Dixon? I can’t recall that.

Anyways, I don’t think Hogan staying in Victoria or coming to WA will “change the perception of moving west”, because I’m not sure there is a stigma against moving West. Freo’s done exceptionally well of late to court West Australians playing elsewhere, and West Coast have too.

Good article though.

Can Fremantle finally land Hogan?

Waz, I wasn’t trying to do any of those things?

Ugh.

The window of change opens, now to find the right people

I’ll concede the irony that I was a bit antagonistic in my reply to Nem, but this ain’t the first time he’s taken a subtle shot at me for posting on this forum without addressing me directly.

I know what he’s talking about, but it’s frustrating that he feels the need to grumble about me or take a silly little shot about another sport that wasn’t even mentioned here.

Besides, I wasn’t trying to be subversive or annoying or anything. Literally came on here to ask a question about a topic I wasn’t entirely sure about.

The window of change opens, now to find the right people