AFL trade period 2019: Bradley Hill St Kilda, Saints call Dockers’ bluff after they get greedy
Oct. 10, 2019
St Kilda and GWS have completed a pick swap that may have a significant impact on Fremantle’s bargaining power for Brad Hill.
The Giants parted with picks No. 12 and No. 18 and received picks No. 6 and No. 59 back from the Saints.
At first glance, the trade appears a simple swap of selections that will assist both clubs in their varying pursuits.
But delve deeper and the trade is a significant blow for the Dockers, who got greedy with their star winger.
No more than an hour after it was revealed Fremantle was after two first round selections for Hill — who last month nominated Moorabbin as his preferred destination — GWS and St Kilda formally executed the trade, leaving the Dockers for dead.
Foxfooty.com.au understands Fremantle footy boss Peter Bell had canvassed external opinions in recent weeks regarding Hill’s trade value, but his ploy to ask for more prompted the Saints to move ahead with different deals and effectively leave Fremantle behind.
By orchestrating a trade with GWS, the Saints now have more flexibility to split one or both of picks 12 and 18 again to bring in any or all of Dougal Howard, Zak Jones, Paddy Ryder and Sam Gray.
Gold Coast has Pick 15 and 20, Geelong has Pick 14, 17 and 24, and the Brisbane Lions have Pick 16 and 21.
All could be potential trading partners for the Saints.
Recruiters from rival clubs were understood to be gobsmacked by the trade, largely because next generation academy prospect Liam Henry is a good chance to be bid on in the top 10, which would eliminate the Dockers next selection (Pick 12, if attained from the Saints).
In short, Fremantle would not be able to get Henry and also use Picks 12 and 18 from the Saints.
The trade also leaves GWS with several options if it wants to jump a bid on Tom Green, who is part of the Giants academy.
“This deal strengthens our draft hand by giving us a high first-round selection,” Giants footy boss Wayne Campbell of the trade.
“It will allow us to bring in a quality talent that will complement our list, while the early fourth round pick gives us additional flexibility across our draft hand.
“We will continue to look to strengthen our playing list and draft hand over the remainder of the trade period.”