West Coast has revealed any possibility of Hayden Ballantyne getting his desired move across town from Fremantle was effectively ended by the shock deal that saw Sam Mitchell become an Eagle.
The first round fixture of the 2017 AFL season has been released, with Essendon's banned players to return on Saturday night against Hawthorn at the MCG.
Punters are bullish on Fremantle's chances for the 2017 season after a bumper trade period resulted in their premiership odds being slashed.
One problem Hayden Ballantyne has is that he might be booed in next year's first Western Derby...by both sets of supporters!
Fremantle Dockers will round a successful trading period with confirmation of a new contract for ruckman Zac Clarke.
The forward joins new recruits Bradley Hill from Hawthorn, premiership-winning Bulldog Joel Hamling, and GWS big man Cam McCarthy - all originally from WA.
It seems that a swap of probably a third-round draft pick was not a significant stumbling factor in trade negotiations for Ballantyne, but the 141-game veteran's hopes for a two-year deal.
First hurdle for women's footy league, the fixture, will not be published until November..
Western Bulldogs 2016 premiership defender Joel Hamling is officially a Docker.
Telethon delivered a record $26 million to Perth's sick kids and also some unexpected news for Fremantle Dockers fans – the prospect of a taller Nat Fyfe.
Western Bulldogs defender Joel Hamling is leaving the reigning premiers and heading home to WA.
Fremantle's aggressive AFL trading raids will escalate with rising hopes of good mates Joel Hamling and Shane Kersten forming bookends with the Dockers from next season.
Carlton had first choice from the Victorian players in the AFL Women's national draft on Wednesday and the Blues chose Bianca Jakobsson, a dominant half-forward who plays for Cranbourne.
Given the Dockers woeful 2016 season, you'd be a brave person to bet on them sneaking into the top 8 next year, let alone winning the flag.
Fremantle have received draft pick No.23 as compensation for losing Chris Mayne to Collingwood as an AFL free agent.
While Cam McCarthy has been on the lips of every Fremantle fan for the past two years, few have actually seen the new Dockers recruit in action.
Fremantle Dockers have given the strongest indication yet that pint-size forward Hayden Ballantyne will be at the club next year.
Ross Lyon has admitted the Dockers "lost their identity" during a disastrous 2016 season and will now adopt an "anything is possible" mantra - barely a month after suggesting it might take up to four years for Fremantle to return to the AFL finals.
West Coast's attempts to solve their ruck problems has them looking nearby, with the Eagles interested in Fremantle big man Zac Clarke.