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Essendon boss hits back at GWS, defends Dodoro on Caldwell deal

Essendon president Paul Brasher has described Greater Western Sydney’s reaction to the Jye Caldwell trade as “sour grapes” and unprofessional.

Responding to criticism of the club – and implicitly of list manager Adrian Dodoro by his GWS counterpart Jason McCartney over the Caldwell trade – Brasher said he was annoyed to hear Dodoro criticised over that deal, in which GWS received pick 29 and a future second round in return for Caldwell, picks 44 and 74.

McCartney had said he found Essendon “frustrating” in the dealings suggesting the Dons were not “fair and reasonable” and that the deal had been “a millimetre away from not getting done.” GWS had considered letting Caldwell, a first round pick in 2018, go into the draft without a trade.

In response, Brasher backed his list manager Dodoro and, without naming McCartney, hit back at the GWS list manager.

“We’re really, we’re disappointed with (not getting) Josh Dunkley, we’re happy we’ve got three good players you know I think will be ready to go and make an impact,” Brasher told The Age, referring to the acquisitions of Caldwell, Peter Wright (from Gold Coast) and Nick Hind (from St Kilda).

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