Russell to Collingwood, Young to Bulldogs as trade period heats up
Former Carlton coach Brett Ratten speaks to Jordan Russell, who is now heading to Collingwood. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
COLLINGWOOD will pass on the draft pick they secured for defender Tom Young to Carlton for Jordan Russell. Effectively Collingwood has replaced one young defender with another older more experienced one and the Dogs have recruited another strong bodied young player after earlier snaring midfielder Koby Stevens from the Eagles.
Both Young and Russell were most likely to have been delisted by their clubs next week and thus would have become free agents and able to move to new clubs for no compensation.
Therefore the deals to move the players delivers certainty to both clubs and the players.
Young was a former NSW scholarship player while Russell was runner up in the Carlton best and fairest in 2010.
In other moves former Port Adelaide and Richmond midfielder David Rodan has joined the Demons in exchange for pick 88. Rodan also would have been delisted and become a free agent so the trade made a certainty of the move for Melbourne after other clubs had expressed mild interest in the player.
Rodan, who recently turned 29, played 111 games for Port after moving to Alberton in 2007 after 65 games with the Tigers.
Swans player Campbell Heath will move to Port Adelaide for a late draft pick and Lewis Stevenson from West Coast is also likely to move to Port Adelaide for a pick in the 70s.