AFL trade news, live blog, Wednesday October 9, Tim Kelly West Coast
Oct. 09, 2019
Welcome to the 2019 AFL trade period.
Only one deal has been secured so far this week, with Adam Tomlinson joining the Demons as a free agent. Surely that changes today?
Scroll down to join in the fun and frivolity of the silly season — and have your say on your club — in our daily 9am-5pm live trade blog below.
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JACK STEVEN SPEEDBUMP
St Kilda’s four-time best and fairest Jack Steven is desperate to get to Geelong and St Kilda want to accomodate its star - as long as the club is properly compensated.
After the Cats traded Tim Kelly to West Coast, the club is armed with picks to secure Steven.
But Geelong list manager Stepehn Wells still isn’t sure a trade will materialise.
“Nothing has really changed there in that we’ve met with St Kilda again today, and talking to them, there’s every probability that Jack Steven will be staying at St Kilda,” Wells told Telstra AFL Trade Radio.
“They’ve got a good player there who had a tough year.
“Under the right circumstances we’d be happy to take Jack on down at Geelong, but we might not be able to come to a deal there.
“Knowing our draft hand as it stands today, it has given us the option of talking about all those draft picks that are in our hand and St Kilda has enquired about them all really.”
BETTS BLUESCOMING IMMINENT
Eddie Betts will soon rejoin Carlton — and he’ll reportedly only cost the Blues a third-round pick.
The Herald Sun reported on Wednesday that Betts would be traded from Adelaide back to Carlton within days. Despite his wish to sign a two-season contract, Betts is set to sign a one-year deal worth $400,000, of which the Crows will pay almost a quarter of that salary.
The Crows are set to send Pick 48 Carlton’s way in exchange for Betts.
OUCH — SORRY, FREMANTLE
Tim Kelly’s manager Anthony Van Der Wielen has admitted Fremantle never had a chance of luring the star midfielder.
Kelly, who finally joined West Coast on Wednesday afternoon, chose the Eagles for two straight years but publicly kept the door open to a Dockers deal.
In reality, that never had a chance.
“No (Kelly was never really keen on Fremantle), not really,” Van Der Wielen told Trade Radio .
“Obviously I’m a Fremantle boy, I live in Fremantle, I work in Fremantle, and I’m involved with South Fremantle so I don’t have anything against Fremantle and neither did Tim, it just wasn’t the best option for him and his family at the time and where they’re at.
“Tim’s had a pretty good association with West Coast for three or four years now into the time where he was drafted and the season before that.
“It was always something where he felt quite comfortable with West Coast.”
WHO GETS TRADED NEXT
Tim Kelly is officially a West Coast Eagle — and the domino effect could already be in motion as we turn our attention to who might be traded next.
The Cats received picks 14, 24, 37 and a future first-round selection, while West Coast received Kelly in conjunction with Pick 57 and a future third-round selection.
Pick 24 or 37 could prove influential, with Geelong keen to secure four-time St Kilda best and fairest Jack Steven.
While the Saints have been open to the trade, footy boss Simon Lethlean has stated the deal would only get done if Geelong gave them fair compensation. An early second-round pick should suffice.
Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney told AFL Trade Radio the Steven deal could be the next one to materialise after the Kelly trade.
“I think that deal gets done,” Cooney said.
“They’re waiting for a pick that satisfies St Kilda.
“Now they’ve got a plethora of picks, I expect that one to roll along.”
Elsewhere, a trade between Fremantle and St Kilda involving Bradley Hill could soon be in the works. Ed Langdon and Jon Patton are tipped to land at Fremantle and Hawthorn respectively soon, while intrigue surrounds what happens with Joe Daniher, Tom Papley and Orazio Fantasia.
THE KELLY DEAL
Earlier, Kelly signed a long-term — reportedly multi million-dollar — West Coast contract after Geelong and the Eagles agreed to a big trade.
WA Today reported Kelly signed a historic six-year contract worth in the region of $5 million. Kelly’s manager Anthony Van Der Wielen confirmed it was a six-year deal.
DOCKERS-DEMONS TRADE LOOMS
Ed Langdon’s wish to join Melbourne is imminent, with a trade between Fremantle and the Demons set to be struck as early as Wednesday.
Langdon’s impending move comes as Angus Brayshaw’s name continues to be linked to a possible move away from Melbourne, despite being contracted to the club
Langdon has been linked to a move to Melbourne for months and always been tipped to be one of the first trades officially lodged this off-season.
Foxfooty.com.au senior reporter Tom Morris on Tuesday night suggested Langdon’s deal would be done soon.
But Morris added that a Langdon trade could be linked with a possible move involving Brayshaw, who finished third in the 2018 Brownlow Medal count.
“I understand this is all being done in good faith and it’s going to get done at some stage,” Morris told Fox Footy’s Trading Day .
“But it’s what it’s going to get done for and maybe how it’s going to impact other trades in this period. Bradley Hill for one and Angus Brayshaw’s name continues to be mentioned, whether that’s right or wrong.
“He’s a contracted player at Melbourne, but it just seems like Freo potentially could still be keen for him if the right deal comes up. But it might be a long way away.”
Brayshaw’s brother, Andrew, is currently at the Dockers.
Elsewhere, Alex Keath’s move to the Western Bulldogs was viewed as one of the most likely early trades but an injury revealed in pre-trade scans has slowed that process.
The other most likely candidates to be the first trade include Hawthorn gaining Jon Patton from GWS and Port Adelaide sending Paddy Ryder to St Kilda.
GWS’ deal for Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs or St Kilda’s move for Swans midfielder Zak Jones could also be up first.
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