Melbourne has acquired young GWS midfielder Dom Tyson in a blockbuster swap. The Demons have finalised a deal in which Tyson will join them in exchange for their pick number 2, with Melbourne also receiving GWS pick number 9 in return.
In effect, Melbourne gives up pick number 2 and pick 20 and receives Tyson, pick number 9 and pick number 53 in return.
Melbourne has acquired young GWS midfielder Dom Tyson. Photo: Graham Tidy
The Demons also give up pick number 72.
Melbourne had been hawking the valuable high draft pick at the instigation of new coach Paul Roos, who wanted to use a prize choice to gain a young midfielder who would help the club immediately, while ensuring the player they acquired could still be a long-term player.
"Dom is a tall midfielder who is exceptional around the stoppages and has a unique ability to find a gap in traffic. He is strong overhead, he has good touch and depth with his kicking," Melbourne's manager of football operations Josh Mahoney said in a statement.
"Dom comes with a good strong character, and fits the age and positional profile that we need to improve upon. He complements our young core of midfielders who can grow together over the next 10 years.
“Dom also has the benefit of being in the AFL system for two years as he understands the level of competition and the standards required to be a professional AFL player. He can come in and play straight away.''
Tyson's played 13 matches for GWS, 10 in his first season. Injuries - a shin and posterior cruciate ligament injury - hampered him this year but he returned to the side for the last two games of the season.
He is considered by Melbourne as precisely the type of player they need to bolster a threadbare midfield.
GWS is expected to retain pick number 2 and draft a young midfileder such as young Victorian Josh Kelly. The Giants are certain to pick key forward Tom Boyd with the first choice.
The swap will give GWS picks number 1 and 2 in the draft for the third year in succession in addition to pick 20, while the deal still leaves the Demons with a top-10 draft pick.
Melbourne is also expected to secure Adelaide midfielder Bernie Vince in exchange for a second round draft pick - which could be the selection Melbourne receives as compensation for losing Colin Sylvia to Fremantle as a free agent.
Vince will get at least a three-year deal with Melbourne.