Silly Season 2016

Written by Schwarzwalder on October 11 2016

With the deadline fast approaching, the trade deals are flowing like wine at a wedding.  There should be plenty happening before 2pm Thursday.  Here is an updated list on the 2016 Silly Season (so far):



* Jaeger O’Meara‘s move to Hawthorn is hanging by a thread with just one day remaining in the Trade Period.  The Hawks have offered Picks #10 & 48 for the midfielder but the Suns are wanting more.  Might be heading for a gridlock there.

* Adelaide & Carlton remain locked in a stalemate over Bryce Gibbs.  The Blues would like some ‘steak knives’ along with Pick #13 but the Crows haven’t brought too many options to the table.

* After his move to Geelong fell through (& the Bulldogs and Pies showed interest apparently), Brett Deledio has nominated GWS as his preferred destination.  A deal looks set to be made on Thursday.

* The Kangaroos have expressed their interest in out-of-contract Magpie Marley Williams.  They’ll be looking to make an attractive deal before the 2pm deadline on Thursday.

* Jarryd Lyons of Adelaide has requested a move to the Gold Coast and a trade is likely before the end of the day.  Joining him will be Jarrod Witts of Collingwood.

* Collingwood is still hoping to acquire the services of Will Hoskin-Elliot from GWS with a future 2nd or 3rd Round Draft Pick.  The Pies also seem likely to get Lynden Dunn of Melbourne for a late selection.

* The Dockers look set to nab Shane Kersten of Geelong.  If the Cats don’t take a late pick then Kersten will almost certainly head to Freo via the Pre-Season Draft where Freo have Pick #3.

* Travis Cloke has had to wait, but looks certain to join the Bulldogs for a late pick on Thursday.

* StKilda expects to grab Koby Stevens of the Bulldogs for a late pick before the 2pm deadline.  That’d be a handy bit of recruiting from the Saints over this trade period!

* Richmond is still hopeful of luring Josh Caddy away from Geelong on Thursday with the Tigers offering their 2nd Round Pick #24.

* Nathan Hrovat looks set to become a Kangaroo with the clubs reaching an agreement over future 3rd & 4th Round Draft Picks being exchanged.

* Matt de Boer, Clancee Pearce & Tendai Mzungu are unlikely to find new homes over the trade period. They still have a chance when the delisted free agent period begins on November 1.

* Nathan Vardy has requested a move to the Eagles.  It is hoped that one of the most injury-prone big men of the competition can help out with the long-term injuries to Naitanui & Lycett (good luck with that one!) 😉  Looks like #72 will be enough to get the trade done.

* Zach Tuohy is now a Cat after a trade deal was completed on Tuesday.  Tuohy heads to Kardinia Park (plus a future 2nd Round Pick) in exchange for Billie Smedts and a future 1st Round selection.

* Richmond and the Suns have finally come to an agreement over Dion Prestia.  The Tigers receive Prestia & Pick #24 in exchange for Pick #6 and a future 2nd Round Pick.

* Pearce Hanley is now a Sun.  He heads to the Gold Coast along with Pick #67.  The Lions have received Picks #22 & 30 from the Suns.

* Richmond has boosted its ruck stocks after acquiring Toby Nankervis of Sydney for Pick #46.

* Premiership defender Joel Hamling is on his way to Freo along with Picks #40 & 63 in exchange for Picks #35, 43 & 61.

* Jordan Lewis is on his way to Melbourne along with Picks #57 & 68.  The Hawks receive Picks #48 & 66 in what seems to be another baffling trade for Hawks fans.

* Michael Hibberd is also on his way to Melbourne along with Pick #59 in exchange for #29 & 68.



* The Sam Mitchell trade has been signed off.  Mitchell joins the Eagles with Picks #54 & 72 in exchange for #52, 70 & 88.

* Steven Motlop looks set to stay in Geelong with little to no interest from rival clubs.  It is understood that very few wanted to take on his healthy contract.

* Joel Hamling has requested a trade to Freo just two weeks after winning a premiership with the Dogs.  It would be a return to his home state.  The decision has also been made easier with best mate, Shane Kersten (from their playing time in Geelong), likely to end up at Freo as well.  Marcus Adams was also weighing up a return to WA but his prospects of regular senior football at the Kennel seem better after Hamling’s departure.

* As expected, Tom Mitchell is now a Hawk.  The Swans receive Pick #14.

* The Hawks have been busy!  They swapped Picks #23 & 36 plus a First Round Pick for 2017 to the Saints in exchange for #10 & 68 (both this year).

* Brad Hill is on his way to Freo after being traded for Pick #23.

* Jack Steele is on his way to StKilda after the Saints traded a future Second Round Draft Pick for the midfielder.

* Paul Ahern of the Giants (their #7 Pick from 2014) is now a Kangaroo after they swapped their Pick #69 for him on Monday.  Ahern will miss most (if not all) of the 2017 season after two knee reconstructions put an end to his 2016 campaign.

* Nathan Brown has moved from Collingwood to StKilda as an unrestricted free agent.  The Pies won’t receive any compensation for this move.

* Xavier Richards of the Swans has requested a trade back to Victoria after just ten games over the last four seasons.

* Jordan Lewis has been offered a three-year-deal by Melbourne and looks set to move during the week.  That would mean the Hawks lose their Top2 players from their most recent Best & Fairest count, after Sam Mitchell’s shock move to the Eagles.

* Rumours have been doing the rounds about Todd Goldstein having a medical check with the Eagles.  Still waiting for more info on that one.

* Deals for Jaeger O’Meara, Dion Prestia & Bryce Gibbs are yet to be finalised.

* Talks between Richmond & Geelong have hit gridlock over a proposed deal of Brett Deledio & Josh Caddy.




* The big bombshell on Day Three has been the likely move of Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell to West Coast.  The four-time Premiership player and five-time B&F winner (his latest win just last week!) will make space in Hawthorn’s salary cap for their future trades (Tom Mitchell & Jaeger O’Meara).  It is also believed that Sammy will receive a future assistant coach role at the Eagles.

* Hawthorn and Sydney have reportedly agreed (in principle) on a suitable trade for Tom Mitchell.  Hawthorn will likely give up #14 and some later Draft Picks which will be sorted out in the coming days.

* As reported earlier, Chris Mayne has signed a four-year deal with the Pies and Freo has now received #23 as compensation.

* The Tigers and Suns are yet to reach an agreement for Dion Prestia.  Richmond might have to give up a player as well as Draft Picks.  It is believed the Tigers have offered Prestia a five-year contract.

* GWS forward Jarrod Pickett is leaning towards a move to Carlton despite late interest from North Melbourne.

* Zac Clarke is close to reaching an agreement with Freo.  The Free Agent may sign-on with the club as early as Thursday.



* GWS has agreed to release Cam McCarthy from his contract and to return home to W.A.  The Dockers will receive McCarthy & Draft Picks #7, 34, 72 in exchange for Pick #3.

* The Giants now have #3, 15 & 16 for the Draft and are well-placed to receive another First Round Pick from Carlton in exchange for Caleb Marchbank.

* Unrestricted Free Agent Daniel Wells is officially on his way to Collingwood after signing a three-year-deal believed to be worth $1.8M.  North Melbourne have received #32 as compensation.

* Collingwood are also expected to pick up Will Hoskin-Elliot from the Giants over the Trade Period.  #28 might even be enough to seal the deal.

* The Bulldogs are looking to receive some Draft Picks for their fringe players.  Nathan Hrovat has attracted interest from Carlton, Koby Stevens is likely to end up at StKilda or Essendon & Joel Hamling is considering an offer from Freo.

* The Suns are asking Richmond for their #6 Pick in exchange for Dion Prestia.  It’s believed the Tigers are wanting a little more, with a view to the Suns four second-Round Picks.

* Chris Mayne is expected to sign a four-year-deal with Collingwood by the end of the week.

* Adelaide and Carlton didn’t progress far on Tuesday with their talks on Bryce Gibbs.  It is believed the Crows #13 Pick would be part of any deal but the Blues have also signalled interest in Jarrod Lyons.



Carlton will fight to keep Bryce Gibbs despite the star midfielder’s request for a trade to Adelaide. The news Gibbs wanted to move home to South Australia was the biggest bombshell of an action-packed opening day of the NAB AFL Trade Period that also saw fellow Blue Zach Tuohy and Tiger Brett Deledio request trades to Geelong, and Swan Tom Mitchell seek a move to Hawthorn.  Gibbs had been linked with the Crows in the lead-up to the trade period despite being contracted to Carlton until the end of 2019, but it was still a surprise when Adelaide list manager Justin Reid told reporters on Monday Gibbs had a “strong desire” to return home and play at West Lakes.

Gibbs and his wife, Lauren, have a young son, Charlie, and it’s understood the greater family support networks they have in Adelaide are a significant reason behind the Blue’s requested move. However, Carlton has not given up hope of convincing Gibbs to stay.

“While the club acknowledges the personal reasons behind Bryce’s request, he is a contracted player and we intend to work through those matters with both him and his management,” Carlton football chief Andrew McKay said in a statement.

There was better news for Carlton later on Monday with promising GWS midfielder/forward Jarrod Pickett expressing interest in a trade to Ikon Park despite being contracted with the Giants for 2017.  It is understood that Pickett was first raised by the Blues in negotiations over Giants tall Caleb Marchbank, who is also bound for Carlton in a deal that will likely involve the Blues sending pick No.5 to GWS. The Blues and Giants have been in talks over a second player to accompany Marchbank to Carlton, with young key forward James Stewart raised as a possibility. Pickett was recruited by the Giants with pick No.4 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft and the Giants acted quickly to extend his contract for a third year in 2015 before he had made his debut.

Out-of-contract Sydney Swans midfielder Mitchell had been widely expected to seek a trade to Hawthorn and confirmed his intentions on Monday. The Hawks will also have their work cut out reaching a deal with the Swans for Mitchell, especially when they are still some way off completing a trade with Gold Coast for Jaeger O’Meara.

Suns football manager Marcus Ashcroft said on Monday six to eight Hawthorn players had been discussed as possible components of the O’Meara trade, which could also involve the Hawks’ pick No.14.

Hawthorn would then have its 2017 first-round pick or the second-round pick it is expecting from Fremantle for Bradley Hill (which the Dockers should get when free agent Chris Mayne takes up a lucrative four-year deal at Collingwood) to use in, or as part of, the Mitchell deal.

Geelong will need to be creative if it wants to add Tuohy and Deledio to its list in 2017. The Cats currently hold picks No.36 and No.40 in the NAB AFL Draft, and might be able to package the two picks together to entice Gold Coast to give them an early second-round pick.

The Suns could be open to such a trade because the combined points of picks No.36 and No.40 (931 points) is greater than each of the Gold Coast’s picks No.22, No.23 and No.25, which would help them match rival bids for their academy players on draft night.

The Cats could then use one of those picks to trade for Deledio while any selections gained in the mooted trades of Shane Kersten and Nathan Vardy could be used to secure Tuohy.  However, the Cats’ hopes of landing Deledio remain dependent on clearing cap space, and trading contracted midfielder Steve Motlop is still their best chance of creating that room.  Richmond has ruled out recruiting Motlop and it is reported that the level of interest in the talented 25-year-old, who kicked 38 goals this season, has been below what the Cats were hoping for.

Fremantle free agent Zac Clarke is understood to be wrestling with whether to play on at the Dockers or move to their cross-town rival West Coast, with the ruckman likely to make a decision in the next few days.  The Victorian has attracted interest from clubs in his home state but now looks set to remain in Western Australia.  Clarke, 26, is weighing up the ruck opportunities that exist for him at Fremantle over the next years compared with those at West Coast.  With Nic Naitanui set to miss most, if not all, of next season after undergoing a knee reconstruction and Scott Lycett under a fitness cloud following post-season surgery on his left posterior cruciate ligament, there could be plenty of opportunity in the Eagles’ ruck division for Clarke next season.  However, in making his decision, Clarke will also consider how he will be placed in the Eagles’ line-up when No.1 ruckman Naitanui returns in 2018.  Similarly, he knows that when Dockers great Aaron Sandilands eventually retires, possibly at the end of 2017, Freo’s No.1 ruck role will be up for grabs.

Contracted Dockers midfielder Nick Suban seems more and more likely to play on at Fremantle next season.  There has been preliminary rival interest in the 26-year-old Victorian, but a team has yet to make a serious play for him.  Suban is set to become a free agent at the end of 2017.

Hayden Ballantyne’s future is now on hold until at least the end of this week while the Eagles prioritise their search for a ruckman.  Fremantle is growing confident Ballantyne will be happy to play out the last year of his contract with the club, rather than pursue a trade.  The 29-year-old’s manager Colin Young last month confirmed the goalsneak was open to a move to a club competing for a premiership, however on Monday Freo denied Ballantyne had requested a trade.  It is believed the clubs have held preliminary talks and the Dockers would accept the Eagles’ third-round pick (currently No.50) in exchange for Ballantyne.  However, the Eagles have not been proactive in their pursuit of the small forward.

Meanwhile, the Dockers and Greater Western Sydney continued talks on Monday as a trade to send Cam McCarthy to Fremantle takes shape.  As we reported on Sunday, Fremantle is willing to move down the order in the first round to secure the young forward, trading its pick No.3 in exchange for the Giants’ No.7 and a swap of later picks.  The Dockers need to secure more mid-range picks to complete deals for Geelong forward Kersten, Hawthorn midfielder Hill and potentially premiership Bulldog Joel Hamling, who they have confirmed their interest in.

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24 thoughts on “Silly Season 2016”

  1. Trade Radio is reporting this morning that Sam Mitchell will be traded to WCE, to facilitate the JOM and Tom Mitchell trades.
    I find it hard to believe, but I guess we’ll see what happens today.


      1. Sam Mitchell confirmed it himself this morning. It’s up to the clubs to sort out a deal, but it sounds like it will happen.


    1. Massive move, but they’ll still need to provide the Swans with some picks and the Suns with a decent player or two to get Titch and Jaeger. A Sam Mitchell deal won’t give them what they need. At least this frees up some salary cap to pay the magician to make it all happen.


    1. Not happy! Watching one of my favourite players in opposition colours doesn’t sit well with me.

      And we didn’t even get a farewell game for Sammy.

      I know Clarko had to try a few things but he seems to be trying to innovate so hard he peehaps has lost track of the emotional side of football. If O’meara is a bust he’ll lose support quickly.


  2. Wow, is it true? Hawthorn are getting rid of Sam Mitchell so they can fit Tom Mitchell in? Talk about robbing Peter to pay Paul! Do they realise Toms tags Sam when they play each other? I can’t wait for the Hawthorn West Coast game next year when the Hawks boom recruit is tagging one of their favourite sons who they ditched for him. Hilarious!


  3. Carlton refusing to talk to Adelaide calling their pitch for Gibbs “Arrogant, unethical and lacking respect for Carlton to the point of being disgraceful.”

    Looks like this one’s getting messy, kids.


    1. SOS is over-reaching there. Gibbs will be 28 by round 1; he played well at times this year but isn’t in the elite group of midfielders in the comp. A first round pick and steak knives should have been enough – but apparently not.


    2. I rate Tom Mitchell as highly as Gibbs and Sydney only received a first round plus a few swaps of later picks.

      I agree with Chillo, SOS has overpriced Gibbs. Still Carlton has the power as he’s still contracted and if they can land a young gun like Mitch McLovin then good luck to them.


      1. Disagree Chillo, Gibbs had his best year ever in 2016 and I thought he was consistently elite throughout the season. Averaged 106 in SC throughout the year which ain’t bad in a losing team. At 28 he’s at the peak of his man-bunly powers.

        Carlton hold all the cards here – they know Adelaide want him badly and they know he’s of high enough integrity that he’ll play out his contract if a deal doesn’t get done. If Adelaide want him, they should totally pay overs for him and that means he’s worth more than Titch.


        1. I agree Motts. Although Gibbs may not be worth more than a first round draft pick, he’s still contracted, so Adelaide will be forced to pay overs.

          What’s with these players signing long contracts and almost immediately changing their mind on where they want to be?


  4. WCE get SMitchell for what is basically a fifth round draft pick. Shenanigans at Waverley, I think there’s more to come from there. And Jack Steele gets to the Saints, who are shaping up pretty nicely for a run at the finals in 2017.
    Motts, we’ll have to agree to disagree on Gibbs. Adelaide has nothing else to give in that deal, and Gibbs was the one who said he wanted to go home.


  5. I didn’t believe for a second we’d get Lewis, but here we are! Dees edging closer to that destination club status!

    Happy days. 🙂

    (sorry Hawks fans!)


    1. Done and dusted fi !! Fi can you give me your opinion on Lyndyn Dunn, I thought he was a pretty important player for you in 2015 and then 2016 he went missing, was it just a case that he wasn’t in Goodwins plan for the future?


      1. Yes, he was a soldier for the Dees for many years. He used to just be a fixture in the backline week after week, but he must not be suitable for the style of game Goodwin and co have in mind, and youth plan. I’d say they could use his experience, but perhaps his experience isn’t the type they want? Obviously Lewis with a bag of premiership medals is 100x more valuable than old soldiers from the dark days.

        He’s still a decent defender, has a great kick and knows how to get out of a tricky spot when the ball is on the move. I just don’t think he’s up to the task as much in the air. Forwards can out-mark him too easily which exposes him a lot.

        If he goes to the Pies or Lions, they could do worse, but he may just be a little old school already to be too relevant in 2017. I hope he can prove me wrong as I have much respect for the guy.


  6. Never have I seen a club have a worse trade week than what Hawthorn has. It’s been awful!!! Even if they do manage to get O’Meara in the last 24hrs, it will be him, Vickery & Mitchell for Mitchell, Lewis & Hill. The players going out are better for mine, plus they will have no draft picks left (unless if you count pick88 as useful) this year and I’m think they’ve already used a few of next years….Amazingly, all 3 players they brought in ALL nominated Hawthorn as their ‘chosen destination’ (hardly great trading) and they’ve still managed to make a mess of it. They got Vickery for nothing!

    It’s gonna be a long re-build, they may of well put Burgoyne & Gibson on the table too. Surely, Gold Coast would have parted pick 104 for the 2.


    1. I don’t actually think it’s been that bad so far. SMitchell and Lewis had, at best, three years of good footy left between them. You replace them with TMitchell and O’Meara, who may or may not stack up against the two veterans in terms of quality, but will form the nucleus of your midfield for the next decade. And they paid unders for Tommy IMO.
      Hill is a loss in terms of legspeed but he wanted to go – not much you can do there, I think they got fair compensation for him. Vickery is a mystery to me, but I guess the powers that be at Hawthorn see something in him, and they have a fair track record at that sort of thing.
      Of course, if they don’t land O’Meara, it WILL be a disaster. They’ve already surrendered new years first rounder to get him. And that’s even without mentioning that the kid, as good as he is, hasn’t played for two years….


      1. Fair call Chillo, and if was.most other clubs id say they were reasonable trades but Hawthorns window is open now….2-3 more good years outta Mitchell & Lewis ciuld be 2 more flags…..For mine its what they got for Lewis and Mitchell and what they are giving up for Jaeger where it all went wrong. That deal with St.Kilda was terrible!


  7. All aboard the Freo express!

    So excited for next year. With the return of our core we may actually do something and hopefully replicate the last few years besides this one.

    I’m glad we actually did something during the trade period for once. Went into the trade period with 3 targets and ended up with 4!


  8. I dont understand the Josh Caddy deal at all. First Richmond ask for a direct swap with Deledio which Geelong Baulk at, then GWS swoops in and gives Richmond pick 15 for Deledio, and then Geelong brilliantly accepts pick 24 for Caddy anyway who was only “ok” with being traded to Richmond and didn’t directly request it, and to add insult to injury Geelong also has to swap pick 56 to 64 because pick 24 is too much to pay for Caddy.
    You would think that if Richmond felt that Caddy was worth a direct swap then Geelong could give up Caddy to Richmond, Richmond send Deledio to GWS and GWS gives pick 15 to Geelong.
    Brilliant trading by Richmond, baffling by Geelong.


  9. As a Pies supporter , I can’t think of a time that I’ve been more disappointed with trade week. How do you give away a 23 yo 68 game player for pick 105 ! Let premium backs and a forward go for next to nothing and replace them with 32 yo a vfl player and late picks. Bottom 4 next year.



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