Essendon looks set to finally get some good news as the beleaguered club stumbles from one disaster to the next.
The club would make a play for Carlton’s Will Setterfield, headlining the latest trade developments.
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There was big news to emerge on Friday night with reports of a blockbuster four-team trade which has the potential to see Port Adelaide snare North Melbourne’s teenage gun Jason Horne-Francis.
The Giants and West Coast are the other clubs that would have been part of the deal with the Giants assembling a war chest project through prior trades.
There would be a series of pick swaps this year and next, but the heart of the deal being discussed would see Horne-Francis and Rioli move to Power, GWS score Pick 1, Roos get the picks two and three and the west coast gets picks. 8 and 12.
Essendon makes a move for Carlton star
The Bombers have turned their attention to Blues star Will Setterfield, according to reports.
7News and The Sun Herald report that the Bombers are expected to seal the deal next week with a subsequent draft pick expected to seal the deal.
This would be good news for the club in crisis, which has not yet struck a big blow in this commercial period.
It has been a tough few weeks for the Bombers after the club were rejected by Bulldogs star Josh Dunkley, who instead requested a trade to Brisbane, Gold Coast’s Jack Bowes, who is expected to join Geelong, and was rebuffed by James Melbourne Arms. after meeting the club earlier this week.
The club are also losing top defender Aaron Francis, who has requested a trade from Sydney.
Setterfield, who was originally selected by GWS with the fifth pick in the 2016 draft, has played 13 games for Carlton this year, but Carlton roster boss Nick Austin said this week: “In a perfect world, we would like retain Will. We’ve been pretty clear on that.
“Again he has a desire to play AFL football and if it’s at Carlton or if there’s an opportunity elsewhere then that’s something he has to weigh up.”
Complete list of officially closed deals
According to statements released by the AFL, the following agreements have been reached:
– GWS traded Tanner Bruhn to the Geelong Cats for their first cap (18).
– The Gold Coast Suns traded Josh Corbett to Fremantle for their 2023 fourth-round selection.
– Unrestricted free agent Zaine Cordy has signed with St Kilda.
– North Melbourne traded their 2023 second-round pick and 2023 third-round pick (Special Assistance pick) and 2023 fourth-round pick to Fremantle for Griffin Logue, Darcy Tucker and third-round pick 2023.
– St Kilda traded Ben Long and his 2023 fourth round selection to the Gold Coast Suns for his second round selection (32).
– The Brisbane Lions traded Thomas Berry, his third round selection (46) and his 2023 second round selection to the Gold Coast SUNS for his second round selection (25), his second round selection (36) and his selection of the third round (56).
– Fremantle traded Blake Acres to Carlton for their future third-round selection.
— Unrestricted free agent Daniel McStay has signed with Collingwood. Based on the player’s age and contract offer, the AFL have informed the Brisbane Lions that the club will be eligible for a second-round selection (currently 35) in the 2022 NAB AFL Draft for the signing. by Daniel McStay with Collingwood.
–Unrestricted free agent Liam Jones has signed with the Western Bulldogs.
Based on the player’s age and contract offer, the AFL has informed Carlton that the club will be eligible for third-round selection (currently 49) in the 2022 NAB AFL Draft for the signing of Liam Jones. with the Western Bulldogs.
— Hawthorn signed unrestricted free agent Karl Amon (Port Adelaide) on Friday, September 30. Based on the player’s age and the contract offer, the AFL have informed Port Adelaide that the club will be eligible for a second-round compensation selection, which would be number 27 on the draft selection order. provisional in progress.
– GWS traded Bobby Hill and his third-round pick (40) to Collingwood for his third-round pick (43) and future second-round pick.
– GWS traded Tim Taranto to Richmond for their first selection (12) and second selection (19).
– The West Coast Eagles have signed unrestricted free agent Jayden Hunt (Melbourne).
Giants add to draft stock
The Giants have sealed a swap deal with Geelong to send Tanner Bruhn to the Premiers for another top-20 pick.
Friday’s first official deal sees Bruhn, the No. 12 pick in the 2020 draft, move to Geelong in a straight trade for the Cats’ Pick 18.
The Giants have also made headlines in other trade storylines with rumors of star pair Lachie Whitfield and Nick Haynes.
While the club are losing a host of top stars including Tim Taranto and Bobby Hill this trade period, the club have also amassed a war chest of draft picks, with five Top 20 selections.
The Giants now have Picks 3, 12, 15, 18 and 19.
There are whispers swirling that Whitfield and Haynes could be free to seek new clubs, despite both having long-term contracts.
It emerged on Wednesday that Toby Green was “frustrated” with some of the moves the club have made recently and was briefly linked with a potential move. That has since been shut down by Giants board member and former Brownlow medalist Jimmy Bartel. However, Bartel’s recent comments about Whitfield and Haynes have fueled the fire over rumors suggesting the pair could be on the table as the club look to free up some salary cap margin.
The pair’s futures are reportedly being discussed as potential trade targets, should a deal between GWS and Richmond over contract midfielder Jacob Hopper not be reached.
There was speculation on AFL Trade Radio on Thursday that St Kilda and Hawthorn would be potential suitors for Whitfield and Haynes.
However, top football journalist Damian Barrett said on Thursday clubs were largely uninterested in the pair.
“There are no clubs jumping up and trying to fight for them,” he said on AFL Trade Radio.
“They come with conditions attached and those conditions for both are financial.”
Whitfield is under contract until the end of 2027 on a deal worth around $1 million per season. Haynes also has two years remaining on his contract, estimated at $900,000 per season.
The Lions appear to have overstretched, having also engaged in a trade with Hawthorn for sniper Jack Gunston, while also needing a huge amount of draft capital to take father-son prospect Will. Ashcroft in the draft when the teenager is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick. The club also needs enough draft capital to be able to take Jaspa Fletcher as a father-son selection in this year’s draft.
Demon pressures Melbourne to play ball
Star ruckman Luke Jackson has reportedly visited the Fremantle facility, putting more pressure on the Demons to reach an agreement with the Dockers.
Numerous reports suggest that Jackson wants to be traded, but has only officially asked to be traded to a team in Perth.
Despite his private desire to play for the Dockers next year, the Demons said this week the club is receiving offers from the West Coast.
Fremantle reportedly prepared a monster long-term contract offer, but the decision was clouded by the fact that the Demons would have required more than two first-round picks (including at least one top-10 pick) to let him go.
Channel 7’s Ryan Daniels announced on Monday night that the Dockers would offer their first-round selections for the 2022 and 2023 drafts.
However, Melbourne roster manager Tim Lamb told AFL Trade Radio the club wanted more than that, with the Dockers’ best selection in the 2022 draft being the Pick 13.
He said the club met with the Eagles on Tuesday to discuss a trade with Jackson.
“We will make a deal with whoever gives us the best offer. This will include the two clubs in WA. Whoever gives us the best offer is where Luke will end up,” Lamb said.