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Sewell on the market

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AFL trade round-up

Richmond rule out Paul Champman, Essendon clings to Stewart Crameri while looking at Magpie Heath Shaw, Shaun Hampson is as good as a Richmond player and North Melbourne continue to pursue Nick Dal Santo.

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Hawthorn is open to offers for premiership midfielder Brad Sewell, with the club exploring ways to create additional salary cap space and generate opportunities for its young onballers.

The Hawks have put Sewell's name forward as a cheap potential trade in recent weeks and put the feelers out again as the trade period opened on Monday, happy for the 29-year-old to stay at Waverley Park should no new home present.

Sewell is contracted for next season, has little interest in leaving the club that drafted him as a rookie in 2003, and is happy to back himself in again next year rather than play for a non-contending side.

Brad Sewell with coach Alastair Clarkson following the Hawks' grand final victory.

Brad Sewell with coach Alastair Clarkson following the Hawks' grand final victory. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

The midfielder was briefly dropped from the Hawthorn side this year but worked his way back into form and played in 21 games for the season, including the last 10 in a row, and is unlikely to consider a move for less than a two-year contract.

He is due to leave for an overseas holiday this week, knowing the club is exploring his trade worth but intending to remain at Hawthorn, where he will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next year.

The Hawks have a handful of young midfielders they are hoping to give more game time to next year, including Jed Anderson and Mitch Hallahan, who was recruited as a long-term replacement for Sewell in 2010. A handful of clubs including Carlton have expressed interest in contracted midfielder Shane Savage.

The club would likely have to pay a percentage of Sewell's contract should it move him on.

Meanwhile, a deal sending Essendon forward Stewart Crameri to the Western Bulldogs is some time away. The Bulldogs' second-round pick, No. 22, is on the table, but Essendon is pushing for a pick in the teens, given No. 22 will slip two or three picks by the time free agency compensation picks are factored in.

Collingwood defender Heath Shaw is overseas, and unlikely to settle on a preferred new club this week. His choice will likely be between Greater Western Sydney and Geelong, with the Giants offering the bigger contract.

The Cats' first-round pick - No. 15 - would be enough to secure the trade, and also position the Magpies to land uncontracted Giants Taylor Adams. Geelong is also interested in Adams.

Essendon and Carlton remain interested in Shaw but would find a trade difficult. Essendon lacks suitable draft picks, and Carlton is limited because of Dale Thomas' shift there as a free agent. The Blues' first-round pick will not be traded and their second pick would be unsuitable for Collingwood.

Melbourne is interested in contracted midfielder David Myers, but Essendon list manager Adrian Dodoro declared him off limits on Monday. The Demons rummaged about seemingly fruitlessly in finding a satisfactory prospect worthy of a trade for pick two in the draft, with West Coast onballer Luke Shuey raised as a possible trade option but promptly ruled out by his manager.

The Brisbane Lions will trade wingman Jared Polec home to South Australia but is waiting to see which of Adelaide or Port Adelaide can offer the earliest second-round draft pick.

The Crows, banned from the first two rounds of the national draft, are working hard to find ways back in the order. Wingman David Mackay, who notched his 100th game this year, has been discussed with rival clubs, with Ricky Henderson another trade possibility and Shaun McKernan keen for a move back to Melbourne.

57 comments

  • Trade Brad Sewell? NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    Thats like trading Trent Croad all over again... Sewell & Mitchell are the V8 engine in the middle - not fashionable these days but LOTS of GRUNT to get the heavy hauling job done to get the ball out to be finished off by the Porsche performance of Smith & Hill

    Commenter
    stephen
    Location
    geelong
    Date and time
    October 08, 2013, 8:05AM
    • @stephen...Mitch, Shiels & Lewis are more than capable of doing the job you describe...We also have 2 kids by the name of Hallahan & Langford ready made for senior action next year....
      Sewell's job can be easily covered now at Hawthorn, Also can't kick over 35 Metres or Kick goals either...Time to move him on for sure!

      Commenter
      procrastinator
      Date and time
      October 08, 2013, 9:59AM
  • nooooooooo! I hate this time of year. . ... certainly takes the shine off the grand final

    Commenter
    Jade
    Date and time
    October 08, 2013, 8:16AM
    • Poor effort Hawthorn on Sewell, and Savage should be kept also. Remember selling off some bloke name Kennedy to the Swans? Learn a lesson, Hawks.

      Commenter
      The Commentator
      Location
      Hawk's Nest
      Date and time
      October 08, 2013, 8:39AM
      • Completely agree.

        Commenter
        L
        Date and time
        October 08, 2013, 9:22AM
      • Kennedy wanted to leave for more opportunity, get you're facts straight. Why do think they traded him for pick 39. They're looking at this trade to avoid another situation like JPK. Sewell lacks leg speed, obviously the Hawks want to keep improving in this area. Sewell could almost be captain at Melbourne.

        Commenter
        Disco
        Location
        Duckbill
        Date and time
        October 08, 2013, 12:57PM
    • I sympathise with Hawks fans. Felt the same disbelief upon hearing Geelong was prepared to use Travis Varcoe as trade bait. We talk about players showing loyalty to their clubs - how about clubs showing some loyalty to their players?

      Commenter
      blu
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      October 08, 2013, 8:51AM
      • I felt more disbelief upon reading this "The Cats' first-round pick - No. 15 - would be enough to secure the trade, and also position the Magpies to land uncontracted Giants Taylor Adams. Geelong is also interested in Adams.". A player who is being let go, mid contract, for attitudinal issues ... for pick 15?? Emma, please tell me you jest!! You just KNOW that Wells would pick up someone remarkable at that position in the draft! <buries head in hands>

        Commenter
        LeChat
        Location
        Kensington
        Date and time
        October 08, 2013, 1:02PM
    • Noooooooooooo. Since buddy is gone as well, we need some mature players if we are going to go for a another premiership next year.

      Commenter
      KT
      Location
      St Kilda East
      Date and time
      October 08, 2013, 8:56AM
      • Hodge, Mitchell, Lewis, Burgoyne, Lake. Any of these names ring a bell? If the Hawks are going to continue their success they have to start introducing some young midfielders otherwise they're going to find themselves in a couple of years with Mitchell and Sewell both retiring and suddenly no midfield. I love Sewell but unfortunately this plan makes sense. Apparently that's how football works these days.

        Commenter
        HitGirl
        Location
        Melb
        Date and time
        October 08, 2013, 9:28AM

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