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AFL trade period updates: Thursday 17 October


Scott Spits and Stathi Paxinos

Josh Hunt, left.

Josh Hunt, left. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

* Jake Niall reports that Scott Gumbleton has told Essendon that he wishes to be traded to Fremantle, which is well placed to gain the key forward.

Gumbleton told the Bombers of his wish to become a Docker on Wednesday. Fremantle is understood to be offering only pick 54 at this stage, while the Dons have asked for Fremantle's late second-round pick, 33.

Gumbleton had attracted some interest from Port Adelaide, which spoke to his management, but as Gumbleton has not wavered from his wish to join the Dockers, who have already added Melbourne forward Colin Sylvia to their senior list. Read more

* Discarded Geelong veteran Josh Hunt is waiting to hear whether Greater Western Sydney will offer him another chance in the AFL. The 31-year-old has already undergone a medical at the Giants.

A two-time premiership defender during Geelong's golden era, Hunt was hopeful after meeting with the expansion club. "It went fine. It was just a quick once-over from them, a medical, and I don't know what the go is yet any more than that," Hunt told "There are no issues. I didn't play a whole lot of footy last year either so I feel pretty fresh actually.

* Carlton chief executive Greg Swann says the AFL trade period is too long, with clubs treating it like school children with homework, leaving their submissions until close to the deadline. Swann said the three-week process, which was extended in 2012, was unfair and reducing the duration would force clubs to make quicker deals rather than leaving players to wait as clubs negotiate a deal.

“It was probably too short when it started on a Monday and finished on a Friday, but it if it had of finished yesterday – 10 days I think is plenty of time,” Swann told SEN.

"To be honest it’s not fair on the players, there is a lot of pressure on them, and also from an administrator's point of view it just goes for too long.

“It’s a bit like school homework, when you know you’ve got three weeks, you wait until the end to do it all ... most of the deals will probably get done next week and all that really happens is that there is a lot of speculation in the mean time and most of it's not right.

‘‘It can put clubs under pressure or gets peoples hopes up and things aren’t actually happening.”

Swann also said the Blues hunting for a key marking forward and were still interested in luring former Geelong forward James Podsiadly, who is also a target for Adelaide, but they were finding it difficult.

“They’re hard to come by – those who have got them are hanging on to them, and some of the other guys who are out there, yeah we’ve had a look and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens,” he said.

“We’re in the mix for them, but we’re not going to do it at any price.”

When asked if the Blues were interested in delisted Cat Paul Chapman, who appears to be heading to Essendon, Swann said they had to make sure they ‘‘balanced up the list properly’’.

‘‘Having said early in the piece that we would be quite active in the trade it seems that anyone who’s out there is going to go to Carlton,’’ Swann said.

‘‘We’re not just grabbing anybody willy-nilly, because we’re also very keen to bring in some young people into the club. We haven’t had many draft picks in the last few years so we want to have four, maybe five picks for kids so that has an influence on who we pick up.’’

He also said the Blues were close to signing Brisbane Lions' youngster Sam Docherty.

‘‘We think we’re pretty close but Brisbane hasn’t quite agreed do it yet so we just thinking that they may be waiting to see what else is out there,’’ Swann said

* The coaching changes continue at Essendon with the naming of Nathan Bassett as an assistant coach for the next two seasons. The 36-year-old has coached Norwood to back to back premierships in the SANFL. Bassett said he was excited about his opportunity to ply his trade at the elite level.

"I'm really excited to be joining Essendon as an assistant coach for the next two seasons," Bassett said in a statement released by the club. "To work alongside the likes of Mark Thompson and Neil Craig is a fantastic opportunity and I can't wait to share my experience and football knowledge with this exciting group of players."

* Emma Quayle reports that Jarrad Grant has re-signed with the Western Bulldogs, rebuffing interest from the Brisbane Lions. Grant has signed a two-year contract extension to stay at the Whitten Oval, after reviving his career in the last eight rounds of last season.

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* North Melbourne defender Luke Delaney has decided to leave North Melbourne and has requested a trade to St Kilda. Delaney, who has played 26 games since being taken in the 2009 Rookie Draft, told the Kangaroos website that he was looking for a fresh start to establish himself.

“At the age I’m at, I just needed to consider my options and find a club that would be able to provide more opportunity.  North is blessed with some great key defenders and they are in front of me at the minute.  It’s a really hard team to break into which I completely understand but I can’t afford to wait any longer," he said.

“... I spoke to Brad (Scott) about my situation and he understood where I was at and I'm glad I’m leaving with the club’s blessing but it’s still tough.”

* Geelong radio station K-Rock has tweeted that delisted free agent Josh Hunt has been sighted at GWS.



Ben McEvoy (Hawthorn)

Big-bodied 24-year-old ruckman swapped from St Kilda for Shane Savage and pick 17.

Shane Savage (St Kilda)

Pacy midfielder/forward leaves Hawthorn with pick 17 as part of the Ben McEvoy trade after 56 games.

Lance Franklin (Sydney)

The Hawthorn forward will sign a contract worth about $10 million over nine years in a deal no one, including GWS, saw coming.

Dale Thomas (Carlton)

Joins Carlton on a four-year agreement at nearly $700,000 a season, an offer the Pies did not match.

Eddie Betts (Adelaide) 

Carlton forward accepted a four-year offer of about $2m from the Crows.

Colin Sylvia (Fremantle)

The Demon No.3 draft pick to join Ross Lyon's pursuit of a premiership.

Shane Mumford (GWS) 

Sydney ruckman has accepted a three-year deal with Giants.

Matt White (Port Adelaide) 

White has left Richmond to join Port Adelaide on a three-year deal. 

Shaun Hampson (Richmond)

The back-up Carlton ruckman goes to Punt Road in exchange for the Tigers' second round pick, No.28 overall.


CLUB BY CLUB (before the free agency/trade period)


Free agents: nil

Draft picks: 42, 60, 78, 96, 114


Free agents: Simon Black and Jonathan Brown

Draft picks: 7, 25, 41, 59, 77, 95, 113


Free agents: Heath Scotland

Draft picks: 12, 28, 29, 47, 65, 83, 101, 119


Free agents: nil

Draft picks: 10, 27, 45, 63, 81, 99, 117


Free agents: nil

Draft picks: 44, 62, 80, 98, 116


Free agents: nil

Draft picks: 16, 33, 51, 69, 87, 105, 123


Free agents: nil

Draft picks: 15, 32, 50, 68, 86, 104, 122


Free agents: nil

Draft picks: 5, 18*, 23, 39, 57, 75, 93, 111


Free agents: nil

Draft picks: 1, 9*, 19, 35, 53, 71, 89, 107


Free agents: Xavier Ellis

Draft picks: 34, 52, 70, 88, 106, 124


Free agents: nil

Draft picks: 2, 20, 36, 54, 72, 90, 108


Free agents: nil

Draft picks:  8, 26, 43, 61, 79, 97, 115


Free agents: nil

Draft picks: 13, 30, 48, 66, 84, 102, 120


Free agents: nil

Draft picks: 11, 46, 64, 82, 100, 118


Free agents: Nick Dal Santo

Draft picks: 3, 17, 21, 37, 55, 73, 91, 109


Free agents: nil

Draft picks: 14, 31, 49, 67, 85, 103, 121


Free agents: Dean Cox

Draft picks: 6, 24, 40, 58, 76, 94, 112


Free agents: Dylan Addison

Draft picks:  4, 22, 38, 56, 74, 92, 110

* Expansion club compensation picks

1 comment so far

  • Disappointing Geelong hasn't got anyone yet. You'd think with Corey, Chappy, Pods and Hunt gone we'd have at least a million left in the salary cap and if Varcoe goes we'd have even more to spend. I hope they're not doing a St Kilda and overpaying current players who haven't improved. Disappointed about losing Pods. He's not being paid much anyway and he'd have been great to teach Josh Walker and Shane Kersten the ropes at the top level as I don't think Tomahawk would be much of a teacher. And Pods seems professional enough to go back to the twos if need be without whingeing. Also not happy they delisted Eardley and Bathie. Eardley is a good in and under grunt type of player who is now in short supply at the Cats and Bathie is a colossus who can play both ends and could pinch hit in the ruck.

    The trade period reminds me of the US Congress. A lot of talk and bluster for three weeks and then it all gets done in the last 24 hours.

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    October 18, 2013, 7:31AM

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