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AFL trade period deadline day: Stephenson joins North, Pies and Dogs in stand-off

And we’re still waiting to hear news on all the big names we were waiting on before. Jeremy Cameron, Adam Treloar, Orazio Fantasia, Josh Dunkley and more.

That trade has been lodged.

Brisbane send picks 18, 19 and a future second-round pick to Melbourne for picks 25, 68, 69 and a future first-rounder.

Brisbane will trade picks 18, 19 and a future second to Melbourne for a future first-rounder, 25, 68 and 69.

Jaidyn Stephenson has spoken to SEN radio in the wake of his trade to North Melbourne.

He said he had called Pies coach Nathan Buckley after his manager had told him he might be up for trade, but was not given “clear reasoning”.

“It was probably a week or a couple of days before the trade period started. My manager came to me and said ‘look, you might be up for trade, mate’. It was sort of a bit of a shock to start with, but as the time’s gone on I’ve sort of come to terms with it and now I feel like I’ve made the right decision,” Stephenson said.

“I said the whole time I wanted to stay … but it’s not always to be.

“My manager sort of came to me, and then I heard nothing from the club. I gave ‘Bucks’ a call myself to see what was going on and he just pretty much said ‘mate, look for a trade as aggressively as you want and we’ll try facilitate it’. There wasn’t a very clear reasoning or anything but like I said I think it’s all worked out for the best.

“He said he doesn’t know if I’ve allowed myself to open up to the group, which I don’t necessarily agree with, but if that’s how he saw it, he’s the coach and that’s his [prerogative].”

Stephenson also spoke to Trade Radio and said he did feel hurt by the situation.

“Yeah I am a little bit hurt. I was obviously very happy playing at Collingwood and I loved all the boys, the coaches, the support staff, they were all fantastic to me. I enjoyed being there, so to be told almost in a way that you’re not wanted, it does hurt.

“That’s where it’s great that someone like North Melbourne come, and they show a genuine interest and want for you, and that made my decision quite easy, to leave and go over to North Melbourne.”

But asked if he felt Buckley had let him down, he disagreed.

“No, I wouldn’t say he’s let me down. He’s provided me [with] my first opportunity and he’s backed me in the whole way. Obviously I didn’t have the year I wanted to this year but he still backed me in enough to play me in both finals. Obviously he’s got a lot of trust in me and I’ve got a lot of trust in him but unfortunately things just haven’t gone right this off-season and now I’m looking forward to playing with North Melbourne.”

Of the Pies, he said: “It’s their loss and North’s gain.”

The Pies have released a statement on the departure of Jaidyn Stephenson and Atu Bosenavulagi.

Collingwood list manager Ned Guy said the deal reflected the club’s assessment of the strength of the 2020 national draft and the mutual view that a fresh start for Stephenson could help him rediscover his game.

“Firstly, on behalf of Collingwood I would like to thank Jaidyn and Atu for their service.

“Jaidyn lit our attack – and the game – up for a time and we hope he can recapture that form. We wish both players well,” Guy said.

“Secondly, we hold the view that this year’s draft represents an opportunity to bring some excellent talent into the program. This deal improves significantly our ability to do that.”

North Melbourne have also released a statement welcoming the pair from Collingwood.

List manager Glenn Luff said Stephenson was an exciting and valuable addition.

“Jaidyn came into the competition and had an immediate impact and that’s a tough thing to do,” Luff said.

“Jaidyn has an explosive and electrifying style of game. He can be so dangerous in the forward 50 but he also can also impact through the midfield which is really important to us.

“He fits into what we’re building here at Arden St and will add flair to our game.

“We firmly believe he will grow even more under our program and be a really important player for us into the future.”

North said the 20-year-old Bosenavulagi will bring tackling pressure and power to the Roos’ line-up.

“Atu’s speed and power will be beneficial to us in the front half of the ground,” Luff said.

“He comes from a rugby background so he is tough at the ball and possesses great tackling pressure.

“We see a role for Atu in our forward line and believe his best footy is ahead of him.”

We’re just two hours from the trade period deadline for 2020, and there’s still plenty up in the air.

As reported by Sam McClure, the Bulldogs and Pies are in a stand-off for Adam Treloar. The Dogs have offered their future second-round pick for the star midfielder, and according to club sources, Collingwood are not happy with that. The Magpies believe Treloar is worth a first-round pick at a minimum. But the Bulldogs are attempting to take advantage of what has become a messy situation between the player and his current club. In a further development, club sources say the Western Bulldogs are now dealing exclusively with Collingwood and believe that Treloar and contracted midfielder Josh Dunkley, who has requested a trade to Essendon, can be at Whitten Oval next season.

Speaking of Dunkley, there’s no word yet on whether his deal will go through. The Bombers are also dealing with Orazio Fantasia, who wants a move to Port Adelaide, and are trying to get Jye Caldwell from GWS. The other news that we’re waiting to hear about involves Jackson Hately, who wants to get from GWS to Adelaide and Nick Hind, who wants to move from St Kilda to Essendon.

And of course, Geelong and GWS are in negotiations over Jeremy Cameron. As Jake Niall reported earlier, there has been good progress on the trade. It is expected a deal will be done before deadline. Crucially, the Cats have agreed to part with pick 13 and 15 in return for Cameron. But Geelong want a pick back, and that part of the deal is still being negotiated as both clubs are looking to fiddle with later picks.

But it’s not all wait and see. These are the deals that have been done:

  • Collingwood’s Jaidyn Stephenson and Atu Bosenavulagi have been traded to North Melbourne, as well as pick 39. Picks 26, 33 and pick 70 have gone to the Pies.

  • Richmond’s Jack Higgins has been traded to St Kilda along with pick 21 and a future fourth-rounder. The Tigers get pick 17 and a future second-rounder.

  • Ben Brown has finally moved from North Melbourne to the Demons. North Melbourne traded Brown, pick 28 and a future fourth-round pick to Melbourne for picks 26, 33 and a future fourth-rounder that is currently tied to the Brisbane Lions.

  • Brisbane’s Alex Witherden and pick 86 have been traded to the West Coast Eagles in exchange for pick 58 and a future third-round pick.

  • Melbourne and the Swans did a pick swap. Sydney have traded pick 25 for Melbourne’s 31 and 43.

Jaidyn Stephenson has crossed to North Melbourne on a five-year contract.

He had three years left on his deal with the Pies, but North made him a longer-term offer as a means of luring him to the club.

His contract with the Pies would have seen him bring in more than $500,000 per year for the remaining three years of his deal, placing pressure on Collingwood’s salary cap, a situation that has had persuaded them to put Adam Treloar up for trade.

A deal has been done for Jaidyn Stephenson to join North Melbourne.

Under the deal, Stephenson, Atu Bosenavulagi and pick 39 go to North.

Picks 26, 33 and pick 70 go back to Collingwood.

Jaidyn Stephenson.

Jaidyn Stephenson.Credit:Getty Images

A stand-off has developed between the Western Bulldogs and Collingwood over Adam Treloar.

The Dogs have offered their future second-round pick for the star midfielder, and according to club sources, Collingwood are not happy with that.

The Magpies believe Treloar is worth a first-round pick at a minimum. But the Bulldogs are attempting to take advantage of what has become a messy situation between the player and his current club.

In a further development, club sources say the Western Bulldogs are now dealing exclusively with Collingwood and believe that Treloar and contracted midfielder Josh Dunkley, who has requested a trade to Essendon, can be at Whitten Oval next season.

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