It seems every season the AFL comes closer to becoming a twelve-month news cycle. The Richmond players have hardly left King Street and we are already discussing roster moves for the 2018 season. The AFL trade week kicks off clubs’ efforts in boosting their list for the future.
There are a few moves that look set in stone already in this AFL trade week. Hawthorn champion is attempting a John Farnham retirement and promptly joining the Brisbane Lions. Joining Hodge in finding a new home is Adelaide defender, Jake Lever, who looks set to join Melbourne this week. However, expect both parties to throw hands like a Venezuelan parliament session at the trade table.
However, the biggest story about a player leaving is arguably Gary Ablett, who has penned an open letter to the football world, discussing his motivations for requesting a trade to Geelong last week. Ablett was rumoured to be heading back to the Cats last season, however, the sides could not agree on a trade. What Gold Coast will get in return for the little champion, who is well into his twilight, is yet to be seen.
“I am confident that I have a lot of footy still left in my body. But I am also aware that, at my age, it’s really all about balance,” – Gary Ablett
Geelong is making room for Ablett by letting Steven Motlop leave in free agency. The forward seems to have two offers from the South Australian clubs on the table, with a major $600,000 a-season offer by the Crows. Regardless, expect Motlop to be setting his watch back half an hour sooner rather than later.
A lot of moves already seemingly being made this offseason. However, there is still a lot of rumour and talk about key players and clubs chasing them.
Andrew McKay suggested that wantaway Lion, Josh Schache has “given us something to think about I suppose,” However, the young forward has been heavily linked to Richmond all season. Schache requested a trade back to Victoria this week. Considering the promising signs shown by the forward, a number of clubs who will make offers.
Jack Watts is seemingly linked to a new club every time I refresh Twitter. Port Adelaide and Geelong appear to be the main suitors at this stage. However, to me, this deal smells of someone swooping in at the last minute.
Have your say below, do you buy any of the AFL trade rumours?