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Dawes becomes a Demon

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Michael Gleeson

New teammates: Collingwood's Chris Dawes (left) battles Melbourne's Mitch Clark this year.

New teammates: Collingwood's Chris Dawes (left) battles Melbourne's Mitch Clark this year. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

CHRIS Dawes will play for Melbourne for the next four years after Collingwood and the Demons finalised terms to trade the forward for pick 20 and a swap of third-round draft picks.

The Magpies' premiership forward joins Melbourne on a $2 million, four-year deal in exchange for the Demons' picks 20 and 45 while Collingwood also gives back pick 58.

Collingwood has three first-round draft picks inside 21,  prompting some at other clubs to speculate whether they intend  to try to package two of the picks in exchange for Kurt Tippett. Despite the suspicion it is difficult to see how Collingwood could find the space in the salary cap for that deal.

It would appear more likely that having traded out Sharrod Wellingham and now Dawes, the Magpies will use the three first-round picks, having traded out of the draft in recent years.

The deal means that Collingwood has time ahead of Friday's free-agency deadline to ensure it has the cap space to secure Clinton Young, who is tossing up whether to remain at Hawthorn or accept an offer from the Magpies.

Other clubs that had made approaches to Young accept that Collingwood remains the only serious contender to prise him away from the Hawks.

Melbourne is understood to have initially approached Collingwood weeks ago, proposing a trade for Dawes for pick 13.

Dawes was squeezed out of Collingwood by the recruitment of Quentin Lynch to the role that he had played and so despite having two years to run on his contract became amenable to a move.

But when the Demons traded pick 13 as part of the Jesse Hogan deal last week it made the trade negotiation more difficult.

Melbourne coach Mark Neeld was an assistant at Collingwood when Dawes was a member of the 2010 premiership team.

The 24-year-old forward has played 71 matches for Collingwood.

69 comments so far

  • welcome to the D's Chris Dawes
    looking forward to a competitive 2013

    Commenter
    grimy
    Location
    melbourne
    Date and time
    October 16, 2012, 9:16PM
    • Goodbye Dawes. Thanks for all you've done at the pies. Best of luck with melbourne.

      Commenter
      tltsu
      Location
      melb
      Date and time
      October 16, 2012, 9:32PM
    • Dawes will do well at Melbourne. As a Collingwood man I thank him for his excellent service to our club and wish him all the best with the rest of his footy career.

      Commenter
      Roj Blake
      Date and time
      October 17, 2012, 6:34AM
    • Hear hear to the 2 Pies fans above. I'm sad to see Dawesy go - I reckon Lynch coming to the Pies would've been great for Dawes, freeing him from the part-time rucking role he clearly didn't enjoy and allowing him and Cloke to go back to being the twin towers they were in 2010. At Melbourne he'll be able to play permanent forward with Clark performing the part-time ruck duties. In any case, I wish Dawes all the best.

      Commenter
      Rohan J. Carringbush
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 17, 2012, 7:20AM
    • Welcome to the D's huh...

      a competitive 2013 huh...

      Yep - with Dawes up forward the final piece of the Melbourne premiership puzzle is now in place...

      Commenter
      Jagdesh
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      October 17, 2012, 9:30AM
    • Dawes won't make you competitive. Did you see his pathetic efforts in 2012? I was a huge fan of Dawesy, I would even say man-crush, in 2010, but 2011 it faded somewhat, and in 2012 it disappeared completely, and I'm glad to see the back of him.

      Three picks inside 21 is awesome for a prelim final side. Lynch into that forward line will add some grunt, hopefully Bucks plays Shaw up forward from now on, Keefe back from a knee, same with Luke Ball, plus hopefully young Witts gets a gig soon. The Pies are firing.

      Commenter
      azzos
      Date and time
      October 17, 2012, 11:25AM
  • Oh karma is sweet, the Dees get Dawes, and the Wobblers are stuck with two boneheads in the persona of Messers Cloke & Lynch.

    Commenter
    Cha
    Location
    Thailand
    Date and time
    October 16, 2012, 9:21PM
    • So you waould classify Dawes as a better player? - hhmm take a look at the replay of the North game where Dawes dropped a simple chest mark that eveb an under-7 would have grabbed.

      Commenter
      Duh
      Date and time
      October 16, 2012, 11:15PM
    • @ Cha - and just when did the Demon cellar dwellers win their last flag?

      Commenter
      Duh
      Date and time
      October 16, 2012, 11:18PM
    • Duh, ummm has to be a Wobbler supporter, the closest Thai translation I could find for Duh was ding dong which means idiot,, how can you judge a player on one dropped mark, Dawes has one of the highest IQ's in the AFL at the moment, he will be a great leader now, but was overlooked at Wobblesville. I was born in 1950, and I have been waiting since 1964 for the next cup, the Dees record since 1950 is 6 cups and 4 losses that is a 60 percent win ratio, the Wobblers have 4 cups and 14 losses I think they are referred to as chokes for a win ratio of around 22.2 percent and I can not see that improving greatly in the near future, so I am waiting and what you are waiting to choke again at another lost opportunity?

      Commenter
      Cha
      Date and time
      October 17, 2012, 12:43AM

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