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As it happened: AFL trade period, day one

Here’s what happened, at what we learnt, from the first day of trade period:

  • We actually had a few trades. Zac Langdon moved from GWS to West Coast in exchange for pick 54. Pick 54 then moved from GWS to Fremantle for Jesse Hogan. Hogan joins the Giants on a one-year deal, with a trigger for a second year. Meanwhile, Richmond’s Oleg Markov moved to Gold Coast for a future third-round pick.
  • Brad Crouch is now a Saint. It went right down to the wire, but the Crows elected not to match St Kilda’s bid. They get what is currently pick 23 as compensation.
  • Essendon and Port Adelaide have hit a stalemate in their trade negotiations surrounding Orazio Fantasia. While there are some reports Essendon have demanded a player from Port Adelaide, sources close to the deal indicate that it’s draft picks that are being haggled over.
  • Jack Steven may not serve out the final year of his contract at Geelong. Sources have confirmed preliminary discussions have been held between the club and the player’s management that could lead to a potential payout being agreed, rather than him remaining on the list in 2021.
  • Preliminary talks have begun between Geelong and Brisbane over Nakia Cockatoo.
  • Shaun McKernan is set to join the Saints as a delisted free agent.
  • The AFL met with list managers today. As part of the meeting, the league has proposed an idea for next year’s mid-season rookie draft, whereby players would be available to be taken at three separate junctures: after rounds 4, 8 and 12. If multiple clubs nominated the same player at any given window, the player would go to the lower-ranked club on the ladder. The AFL is also cutting back its next generation academy concessions. From 2021, NGA picks can only be matched from picks 21 onwards, while from 2022 NGA picks can only be matched from picks 41 onwards.

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Adelaide have elected not to match the Saints’ offer for Brad Crouch.

The AFL says: “Based on the player’s age and the contract offer, the AFL advised Adelaide the club would be eligible for a round two compensation selection, currently selection No.23.”

Essendon and Port Adelaide have hit a stalemate in their trade negotiations surrounding Orazio Fantasia.

While the South Australian has officially requested a trade to Port Adelaide, sources close to the deal say the Bombers are now worried about losing more pace and firepower without much in return.

Orazio Fantasia.

Orazio Fantasia.Credit:Getty Images

While there are some reports Essendon have demanded a player from Port Adelaide, sources close to the deal indicate that it’s draft picks that are being haggled over.

Sources says the Bombers have asked for Port’s future first round pick for Fantasia and are willing to give a pick back.

That values Fantasia slightly worse than pick 18, if Port Adelaide were to win the premiership next season.

Sources say Port Adelaide’s current offer is pick 28, which will likely be pushed back with a number of father-son and academy selections in this year’s draft.

The Age has spoken to Port Adelaide and the club has stated next year’s first-round pick will not be traded under any circumstances.

It’s the second consecutive year that Fantasia has attempted to get to Port Adelaide, although negotiations weren’t nearly as advanced 12 months ago as they are now.

Fantasia has just turned 25 and has played 80 games in seven seasons at Essendon.

Adelaide have until 5pm AEDT to tell the AFL whether they will match St Kilda’s offer for Brad Crouch. 17 minutes on the clock.

Jack Steven may not serve out the final year of his contract at Geelong.

Sources have confirmed preliminary discussions have been held between the club and the player’s management that could lead to a potential payout being agreed, rather than him remaining on the list in 2021.

Steven joined the Cats during last year’s trade period after 183 games with the Saints. But he played just nine games and was unable to find continuity after the coronavirus pandemic led to the season shutdown and he was stabbed on the eve of the season restart.

It remains unclear which party initiated the discussion but Steven remained in the Cats’ Gold Coast hub for the season and remained a popular member of the group.

It’s official – Jesse Hogan has joined the Giants. GWS used pick 54, which they received from West Coast in the trade for Zac Langdon, to get the Hogan deal done.

Daniel Cherny reports that Hogan’s deal with GWS is a one-year contract, which has triggers for a second.

Bombers list manager Adrian Dodoro has told Trade Radio that the Josh Dunkley situation is “an awkard one” and hard to comment on.

He says the Bombers are interested but respect the fact he has a two-year contract left to run.

Josh Dunkley is contracted to the Bulldogs.

Josh Dunkley is contracted to the Bulldogs.Credit:Getty Images

There have been preliminary talks with the Bulldogs, he said, but they are “pretty resolute” they want to keep him.

“We’re certainly asking the question … and it’s only the beginning of trade period … but right now I wouldn’t say discussions are progressing at any great speed.”

Dodoro also gave an update on Orazio Fantasia, who still has a year to run on his contract.

Fantasia wants to return home to South Australia.

“There’s a real hesitation to lose another one,” Dodoro said, referring to the fact that Fantasia is a speedy forward. But he said the Bombers have been talking to Port Adelaide.

Dodoro said Adam Saad had “made it quite clear” he wants to get to Carlton. He said pick eight would be “a fair deal” and that Carlton weren’t being unreasonable.

He described Saad as one of Essendon’s best players.

“We’ve had some chats and it’s all going reasonably well at the moment,” he said, adding that he expected a fairly quick resolution.

He said “it could be pick eight, it could be a future first-rounder” that the Blues offer up for Saad.

“It’s up to them to offer us a pretty fair deal,” he said.

The AFL met with list managers today. As part of the meeting, the league has proposed an idea for next year’s mid-season rookie draft, whereby players would be available to be taken at three separate junctures: after rounds 4, 8 and 12. If multiple clubs nominated the same player at any given window, the player would go to the lower-ranked club on the ladder.

The AFL is also cutting back its next generation academy concessions. From 2021, NGA picks can only be matched from picks 21 onwards, while from 2022 NGA picks can only be matched from picks 41 onwards.

Western Bulldogs NGA player Jamarra Ugle-Hagan will be selected early in this year’s draft, with the Dogs able to match a bid for the young forward. They would not be able to match a bid so early in 2021 and 2022.

As reported earlier by Michael Gleeson, Oleg Markov will head to the Gold Coast.

Markov will head to Gold Coast in exchange for a third-round pick. The defender has been on the fringe of Richmond’s side in all three of their recent premiership years.

Melbourne football manager Josh Mahoney has joined Trade Radio to provide an update on the Dees.

He says it’s “really good” Ben Brown was able to nominate the Demons as his club of choice.

“It’s probably pretty preliminary, the discussions at the moment,” he said.

But he said the Demons would not be giving up a first-round pick for the North Melbourne forward.

He said Tom McDonald had played an important role for the club but had struggled with form and injury in the last two years. He said bringing in Brown would change things a little bit, given they play in the same position, but the club knew McDonald could play good footy for Melbourne again.

He said the Dees had not spoken to any other club about McDonald, but were happy to look at “an option with another club”.

Mahoney said Melbourne would like to get Collingwood’s Adam Treloar, but described their chances as “unlikely”. However, having missed out on Isaac Smith, who moved to Geelong as a free agent, he expressed some interest in Collingwood’s Tom Phillips.

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