It’s a superb yr for these golf equipment needing an inside midfielder.
Plus there’s a number of key forwards that might quickly be on sizzling property on the commerce market.
Foxfooty.com.au analyses each membership’s commerce wants — and the gamers that might assist fulfill them.
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The Crows are in a powerful wage cap place as a consequence of their thought-about and affected person rebuild. Whether or not they open their chequebook this low season or wait one other 12 months stays to be seen. What they do want so as to add at some stage is a few class and out of doors run to their midfield. Not solely would younger gun Swan and first-round draftee Dylan Stephens fill that chasm, he’d additionally match the profile of the Crows’ listing technique, which is to focus on South Australian expertise over the subsequent two commerce intervals to assist speed up the membership’s reset. But when the Swans performed onerous ball on the commerce desk – and there’s each probability they might, contemplating Stephens was taken at Decide 5 two years in the past – would they’ve a lot to ship again to Sydney on the commerce desk? And after Daniel Talia’s exit, would the Crows look to herald a key defender to offer larger depth? Out-of-favour Energy backman and SA product Jarrod Lienert could possibly be an possibility. They might additionally take a look at one other SA product in Sam Day – an skilled 28-year-old swingman from the Suns that might assist at both finish — whereas Jordan Dawson is on their radar too.
The Lions have signed up nearly all of their gamers, so will should be selective in the event that they need to add expertise from rival lists. And as reported by foxfooty.com.au in July, the Lions have one of many tightest wage caps within the league, that means it’s unlikely they’ll be large gamers in October’s commerce interval. Total, they’ve a well-balanced listing, however they should discover an attacking half-back or two – particularly if Grant Birchall retires – to assist them with their transition from defensive 50 to assault. There’s a number of gun small defenders that may be sturdy choices within the early a part of the draft – and the Lions have already got two first-round picks. But when they appear to ready-made gamers at rival golf equipment, Blue Sam Petrevski-Seton is out of contract and has nice kicking expertise, however he’s extra more likely to return to WA. Cat Jordan Clark nonetheless has yet one more yr left on his deal however seems extra more likely to be lured out of the membership. Whether or not he’d be ready to go to Brisbane as a substitute of a return house to WA stays to be seen.
The Blues have used the draft in latest seasons to bolster their key-position shares. Now it’s time to focus on a midfielder, particularly one with a knack for successful contested possessions with Marc Murphy retiring and Ed Curnow getting nearer to the top of his profession. Fortunately for the Blues, that is the best commerce interval to choose up an inside ball-winner, with so many accessible. Their No. 1 precedence will likely be Adam Cerra, who lately requested a commerce away from the Dockers. Whereas he hasn’t formally nominated a membership of selection, the Blues are understood to be his first desire – though they’d must get inventive on the commerce desk in an effort to strike a cope with the Dockers. Carlton has additionally been closely linked to off-contract Swan George Hewett, who matches their midfield want. Different choices embrace outgoing Saint Luke Dunstan, Bulldog Patrick Lipinski, Solar Will Brodie and even fringe Cat Charlie Constable. No matter they do, the Blues must hold sufficient cash free to re-sign Sam Walsh earlier than the top of 2022.
As football boss Graham Wright pointed out in June, the Pies nonetheless have a wage cap “hangover” from final yr’s disastrous commerce interval, so the membership’s arms will likely be considerably tied over the approaching months. Add within the prospect that father-son gun Nick Daicos may appeal to a rival membership bid as early as Decide 1 — extra probably between Picks 2 and four — and the Pies received’t have an excessive amount of to work with on the commerce desk in the event that they need to usher in ready-made expertise, as their precedence will likely be banking picks and factors. But they nonetheless have a key ahead chasm that must be stuffed. Collingwood lately confirmed its curiosity in Sam Weideman, whose grandfather Murray Weideman is a Magpies legend. Athletic 195cm Big Jake Riccardi is contemplating his future and could possibly be a participant the Pies may take a look at, whereas contracted Hawk Jack Gunston has been linked to the membership prior to now. New coach Craig McRae takes over a Magpies listing that ranked among the many bottom-five groups for clearances and inside 50s in 2021, so a real ball magnet could be helpful. Hopefully Daicos fills that void, however Bulldog Patrick Lipinski is on the membership’s radar too. How lively the Pies are largely is determined by how ruthless the membership is ready to be in providing up ageing stars as commerce bait.
After a shock style of finals, the Bombers are in a terrific spot to promote their place and journey to commerce targets. Foxfooty.com.au reported last week that participant managers imagine Essendon is trying to find one other midfielder and a key ahead within the low season, with the latter a better precedence. Jon Ralph reported in June the Bombers’ first-round choice (Decide 11) was on the desk if a developed, pure key ahead was in the marketplace. Harrison Jones is an rising star, however he wants some extra help, particularly with Cale Hooker gone and Peter Wright more likely to nonetheless be pinch-hitting within the ruck. In a perfect world, they make an enormous play for contracted Suns star Ben King, however golf equipment anticipate him to be at Gold Coast subsequent season. Hawk Jack Gunston could be an excellent inclusion, however he’d be a short-term acquisition fairly than long-term. Demon Sam Weideman and Big Jake Riccardi are youthful however have been on the fringes of their respective groups this yr, so would they make an enormous distinction on the Bombers? Which brings us again to King … Elsewhere, the Bombers are very eager on Suns academy graduate Malcolm Rosas, whereas Saints free agent Seb Ross — the cousin of Jobe Watson — has hyperlinks to Essendon and would fill that on-ball want.
The Dockers have been constructing a promising listing for years, however nonetheless haven’t been capable of land that imposing key ahead goalkicker. And there’s nonetheless an opportunity forward-ruck Rory Lobb leaves at season’s finish too, although he would wish to take a pay reduce. The excellent news is there’s a number of key forwards for them to select from this low season. Big Jake Riccardi and Demon Sam Weideman are out of contract and will present sturdy help for Matt Taberner and Josh Treacy, however would the Dockers desire a extra confirmed key ahead? Adam Cerra’s impending departure may even depart a gap in an rising midfield. A pretty handy player with a Brownlow to his name, Lachie Neale, could overflow that chasm. May he get replaced by WA product and Cats younger gun Jordan Clark, who’s performed simply seven full AFL video games this season and 4 as a sub? Fellow Cat Quinton Narkle, who’s solely performed 9 full AFL video games in 2021, is another choice for the Dockers, who’re effectively positioned from a wage cap perspective and can like probably look to make use of it this yr.
Since 2014, the Cats have been constant and distinguished gamers within the AFL commerce interval. Absolutely they’ll take a again seat this season? Everyone knows the Cats have ‘recruited for the now’, which suggests they’ve had one of many AFL’s oldest and most skilled lists, particularly within the midfield. That on-ball group will want a refresh quickly – and this yr’s draft, which is filled with midfielders, will give them an excellent alternative to do this. The Cats have already got three draft picks within the first two rounds, however may additionally financial institution extra alternatives if the likes of Quinton Narkle, Charlie Constable and Jordan Clark all discover new houses. The Cats have requested the query of 23-year-old Hawk Ollie Hanrahan, who they could have the ability to decide up with out giving up an excessive amount of. Delisted Crow Daniel Talia looms as a risk in defence, whereas it stays to be seen whether or not Rhys Stanley is in Chris Scott’s long-term plans as a ruckman.
GOLD COAST SUNS
As first reported by foxfooty.com.au, the Suns are open to buying and selling their first choice (Decide three), both to separate the decide for a number of first-rounders or to assist them lure an skilled rival participant. If it was the latter, they’d ideally like one other key ahead to accomplice Ben King inside 50. Regardless of having two years remaining on a deal at Fremantle, Rory Lobb is ready to maneuver if a membership is prepared to supply him three or extra seasons on related cash. As reported by foxfooty.com.au, Gold Coast would think about him if he was prepared to simply accept a pay reduce. However the Suns may attempt to keep away from utilizing Decide three on a participant like Lobb. If a play for Lobb doesn’t eventuate, Gold Coast may additionally take a look at off-contract Tiger Callum Coleman-Jones, whereas skilled key ahead duo Mason Cox and Levi Casboult are eager to play on elsewhere. The Suns additionally seem weak down again – a scenario that hasn’t been helped by Rory Thompson’s luckless run with harm. A key defender to assist out Sam Collins and free Charlie Ballard up could be helpful. Skilled delisted Crow Daniel Talia, who’s eager to proceed his AFL profession, could be an possibility, however he’s in all probability not in the precise age bracket.
Don’t anticipate them to do something main with their two top-12 draft picks, with Leon Cameron saying post-game on Friday night time: “I’m actually bullish about going to the draft once more. The longer term holds us in actually good stead with a few of these youngsters which can be coming by.” Third on the harm ladder for many video games misplaced this yr, the Giants largely want some luck to get their complete crew out on the park. The recruitment of Jesse Hogan on a budget final yr labored a deal with, however historical past tells us getting a full season out of him is unlikely, so they might use a key ahead (that Jeremy Cameron bloke is fairly helpful, it seems). They’ve received inner choices however none of them seem like superstars; Toby Greene (45 objectives in 18 video games) was the clear main goalkicker, however clearly isn’t a tall, whereas Harry Himmelberg added 1.5 majors every week. With Shane Mumford more likely to retire, they’d be hoping 2020 recruit Braydon Preuss can fill his footwear. However may they discover somebody to assist each within the ruck and up ahead? One among Richmond duo Callum Coleman-Jones and Mabior Chol, or maybe Collingwood’s Max Lynch, may work.
If the Hawks are going to win one other flag any time quickly, Sam Mitchell’s Spherical 1, 2022 facet must be fairly a bit totally different than his Spherical 1, 2025 facet. It’s a case of getting bulk younger expertise by the door to assist rebuild this membership that prevented the draft for a number of years too many. In the event that they’re searching for plug-and-play expertise, they should be taking a look at midfielders to help Tom Mitchell, James Worpel and, to an extent, Jaeger O’Meara; the Hawks have been bottom-four for clearance differential and contested possession differential. After the Cats pinched Isaac Smith, may the Hawks take somebody again? Quinton Narkle and Charlie Constable each deserve seems to be as full-time midfielders, whereas if he doesn’t need to head house to WA, Jordan Clark absolutely warrants a glance. Patrick Lipinski is sensible too.
By the point the commerce interval rolls round, the Demons could possibly be making the case to opposition gamers that they’d be becoming a member of the reigning premiers. There’s actually not an entire lot to do right here, with the Demons being lucky with accidents in 2021 and thus extremely secure, with expertise everywhere in the park. They already dipped down into the draft and nabbed first-rounders in Luke Jackson and Kozzie Pickett, who’re each paying off. Do they search for one other tall ahead to help Ben Brown and Tom McDonald, particularly if Sam Weideman leaves? Foxfooty.com.au reported last month Melbourne is excited by Hawthorn ahead Jack Gunston. Would Adelaide’s Tom Lynch take them excessive? Maybe their largest flaw is the shortage of a lockdown small defender, particularly with Nev Jetta’s decline, however they’re few and much between.
Except you’re getting a younger, budding famous person and know he’ll nonetheless be in his prime in three to 5 years’ time, the precedence for the Kangaroos wants to stay the draft, over trades and free company. That’s until a possibility arises out of nowhere – Jaidyn Stephenson turning into accessible as a result of a rival membership struggled with its wage cap sums, for instance. Or if there are younger fringe gamers you notably like; perhaps considered one of Geelong duo Quinton Narkle and Charlie Constable, or the Bulldogs’ Patrick Lipinski. They in all probability want assist in defence greater than anyplace else, so may Carlton’s Sam Petrevski-Seton be of any curiosity? Or Jarrod Lienert, who’s struggled to lock down a spot at Port Adelaide?
You’d assume the Energy could be comparatively quiet this low season, however they nonetheless may need a number of tips to play. They’ve been large gamers in each the commerce interval and draft over the previous few seasons, resulting in a near-complete listing that’s about to participate in its second consecutive preliminary last. But, as foxfooty.com.au recently reported, Port Adelaide is a membership that may have curiosity in Saints free agent Jack Billings if he decides to check the market. From a wants perspective, the one debatable gap is within the midfield. Travis Boak and Ollie Wines are nonetheless clearly their finest and most damaging two midfielders, whereas there’s hope Zak Butters will ultimately turn into a full-time on-baller – however then it drops away. South Australian midfield merchandise George Hewett and Dylan Stephens, who’re caught within the Swans’ wage cap squeeze, may attraction to the Energy, in addition to outgoing Saint Luke Dunstan. But the highest of this yr’s draft crop is midfield-heavy – and there’s two gun SA inside on-ballers in Arlo Draper or Matthew Roberts that may pique the curiosity of the Energy, who nonetheless have their pure first-rounder.
The Tigers are an enchanting case research. They don’t essentially want so as to add a lot, they only want to determine who they’re prepared to let go. One among Mabior Chol or Callum Coleman-Jones will probably not be there subsequent yr, whereas they’ve already made a troublesome name on Bachar Houli. With Trent Cotchin not on the degree we’ve come to anticipate, the midfield may do with a lift. Patrick Lipinski is searching for extra alternative and will add to the subsequent wave of midfield expertise coming by at Tigerland. The most important weapon the Tigers have coming into this low season is their draft hand: Picks 7, 16, 26 and 28 give them loads of scope on the commerce desk, but additionally an excellent probability to regenerate by way of the draft. Richmond’s determination to determination to tug out of the race for Adam Cerra is additional proof the membership is primarily targeted on the draft.
Jack Billings and Seb Ross are the two potential trade options, however Ross is an unrestricted free agent so the choice is in his arms. Billings is a restricted free agent however is predicted to remain placed on a four-year deal. The Saints have gone chips in on a flag with their present listing construct, to allow them to’t actually afford to commerce out established gamers. They’ve toyed with the concept in latest seasons of including one other key ahead to the combo – a participant like Jack Gunston could possibly be good given the place the Saints are in the intervening time, and even Adelaide’s Tom Lynch in an surprising homecoming. Decide 9 could possibly be utilized in a commerce if a participant warrants it, however their draft capital is sparse this yr given what they’ve introduced in during the last couple of years, so it’d be a courageous, courageous name to half methods with one other first-rounder.
The Swans are sitting fairly when it comes to their listing – the problem now could be managing the wage cap squeeze that’s clearly their largest level of concern, as first reported by foxfooty.com.au’s Tom Morris. Luke Parker, Jordan Dawson and George Hewett are all reside choices to depart the membership. They’ll’t do a lot about Parker given he’s an unrestricted free agent, however Dawson and Hewett may fetch them some half-decent picks relying on how issues pan out on the commerce desk. Total, it’s a settled listing – a lot of what occurs subsequent is what might be settled in-house with negotiations on new offers.
WEST COAST EAGLES
It’s onerous to evaluate what the Eagles want given they themselves don’t appear settled on whether or not to press on with their present group or to simply accept some listing regeneration is required. The final first-round decide they used on the draft was Jarrod Brander again in 2017. Very first thing’s first – they should hold their first-round decide this yr and use it on the draft to herald some much-needed younger expertise. Jordan Clark could be an ideal instance, however getting him in with out coughing up a excessive draft decide will likely be a problem. Foxfooty.com.au senior reporter Tom Morris mentioned earlier this yr the Eagles ought to put it to a few of their established stars whether or not they wished to discover alternatives elsewhere, key amongst them Andrew Gaff and Elliot Yeo. They’re brutal calls, however ones that might usher in some high-end picks and assist revitalise a facet that appears in determined want of simply that. Doing it whereas key veterans are nonetheless on the membership, akin to Josh Kennedy and Shannon Hurn, could be an effective way to fast-track the event of any kids Adam Simpson brings in.
The Canines’ first precedence is ensuring they’re all set points-wise to take father-son prospect Sam Darcy, who has launched himself into high three competition on this yr’s pool. In consequence, they’re impossible to be buying and selling any important picks out. Possible to assist them within the picks (and subsequently factors) division is the looming departures of Patrick Lipinski and Mitch Wallis. Positionally, the Canines are determined for one more key defender. Daniel Talia could be good for them, however the relationship between he and the membership may understandably nonetheless be bitter after the leaking fiasco he and brother Michael have been on the centre of again in 2016. Jarrod Lienert looms as one other key defensive possibility. He could not leap off the web page like Talia, however he may effectively adapt to the transfer seamlessly like Alex Keath has since shifting throughout. Josh Dunkley has indicated he received’t be in search of a commerce to Essendon once more after attempting on the finish of final yr. If there are considerations over the sturdiness of Stefan Martin, ruck choices Matt Flynn and Max Lynch are potential choices if Luke Beveridge’s hesitancy to play Tim English on the ball full-time continues.