ALL eyes are on Etihad Stadium in Melbourne today as the AFL Trade Period begins.
The annual meat market opens at 9am (AEDT) with more players than ever hoping to switch clubs. Follow all the major updates through our live coverage.
Report: Watts nominates Port Adelaide
Jack Watts is set to overlook Geelong’s interest and ask Melbourne to secure a trade for him to Port Adelaide, SEN’s Sam McClure reports.
“Watts has come to terms with the fact he would be able, and happy to, move interstate,” McClure said on SEN Breakfast.
“He will be nominating the Port Adelaide football club as his preferred destination, forget about the other clubs interested. Jack Watts, Melbourne and Port Adelaide will sit down at 9am today when the trade period starts and try to get a deal done.”
Lions open to trading top pick
Brisbane will listen to offers for 2015 No. 2 pick Josh Schache despite signing the young key forward to a new two-year contract earlier this year.
Schache has battled homesickness since landing with the Lions but will remain with the club if a deal can’t be secured.
Matthew Lloyd’s trade plan for Bombers
How the Bombers can get 3 deals done with picks 11 and 28... This is the plan of @MatthewLloyd18 ... #NABTradeRadio pic.twitter.com/maW4ZuG35u— NAB AFL Trade Radio (@traderadio) October 8, 2017
Essendon is aiming to land Gold Coast’s Adam Saad, GWS’s Devon Smith and the Western Bulldogs’ Jake Stringer during the trade window.
Club great Matthew Lloyd has suggested a way to get it done. Lloyd says the Bombers could send the 11th pick in the draft to the Suns for Saad and pick 19. They could then use pick 19 for Stringer and pick 28 for Smith.
The Dogs are already on record as saying they expect an early first round pick for Stringer and SEN’s Sam McClure believes that’s what it will take.
“Jake Stringer at Essendon, pick 11 we think will get that done,” McClure said on SEN Breakfast.
“Adam Saad’s probably going to be a future second rounder. Devon Smith’s going to be the interesting one, how they’re actually going to get that deal done.”
New ‘slap in the face’ for departing Crow
Former Port Adelaide star Kane Cornes says the $600,000-a-year deal he believes Adelaide is offering Geelong forward Steven Motlop is a “bit of a slap in the face” to departing Crow Jake Lever.
Lever’s bitter exit from last season’s runner-up has included the young defender — who is seeking a trade to Melbourne — being blasted by teammates and advised not to attend the club’s best and fairest.
But the biggest slight of them all would be Adelaide offering a player like Motlop — who Cornes describes as “flighty” — a monster deal when it baulked at paying Lever the $750,000 salary he is seeking.
Cornes told AFL Trade Radio that type of cash for a 26-year-old that has frustrated at times during his Geelong career — and had question marks raised over his preparation — was “crazy”.
“I was shocked when I heard that. It’s probably $100,000 more than I’d expect,” Cornes said.
“The Crows are in the box seat now with that kind of money. The Power still have hopes he’ll go there but it would be for much less than that amount of money.
“I’m not even sure Rory Sloane would earn $600-$650,000 at the Adelaide Crows.”
.@kanecornes says it is "crazy" Steve Motlop is being offered $600k per season by Adelaide, as per his report. #NABTradeRadio— NAB AFL Trade Radio (@traderadio) October 8, 2017
.@kanecornes: It's a bit of a slap in the face to Jake Lever to offer a player as flighty as Steve Motlop $600k per season.#NABTradeRadio— NAB AFL Trade Radio (@traderadio) October 8, 2017
Adelaide head of football Brett Burton said the deal Melbourne has offered Lever would make him the highest paid player at the Crows.
The Demons’ first and second round picks (10 and 27) are on the table in return for Lever but Adelaide wants two first-rounders, which could lead to an extended face off between the two clubs.
Melbourne’s 3AW reported Lever was spotted training with Melbourne co-captain Jack Viney over the weekend.
Key names to follow as trade period opens
Essendon will need to prove their detractors wrong to score a talent bonanza at this year’s AFL trade period that starts on Monday.
The Bombers have a reputation for being difficult trade partners, but are faced with the enviable dilemma of trying to work trades for Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Adam Saad.
AFL clubs convene at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Monday morning for the first round of official trade meetings and Essendon’s approach will have a large say in determining how the trade period proceeds.
The Bombers’ first three picks at this year’s draft are 11, 28 and 46 and they also have the option of trading out picks at next year’s draft. Former No.6 draft pick Aaron Francis is keen on a move home to South Australia and while Essendon want to keep the contracted utility, his departure could help them land the talented trio.
Adelaide will also be a key player.
Their bitter split with Jake Lever, who wants to join Melbourne, threatens to play until late in the trade period, while Charlie Cameron is seeking a trade to Brisbane for family reasons.
Cameron is contracted for next season and the Crows could hold up other trades if they rebuff the Lions and stick to their guns over Lever’s worth.
Ablett. Watts. Stringer. Saad. Francis. Schache. Impey. Cameron. Gibbs. Tomlinson. Tippett.
All under contract. Most will move.