Hawthorn is going to have some explaining to do with its brazen trade period strategy blowing up in the football club’s face.
Welcome to our live coverage of the AFL Trade Period’s deadline day.
After 10 days of haggling, there is finally going to be a flurry of activity building up to the final deadline at 7.30pm (AEDT).
There are still a string of negotiation stalemates that are yet to be unlocked, including Giants star Bobby Hill’s request to join Essendon.
However, there was a confirmed deal on Tuesday night with the Crows picking up Jordan Dawson from the Swans in exchange for the future first round pick the Crows have — which is tied to where the Demons finish in 2022.
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Hawthorn has also been a subject of intrigue, but potential trades surrounding Chad Wingard (to GWS) and Jaeger O’Meara (to Port Adelaide) have barely got off the ground.
There is still plenty of drama to unfold before Wednesday night’s deadline.
Hawthorn plot has ‘collapsed’
Hawthorn’s bombshell move to put its biggest stars on the trade table has reportedly eventuated into nothing, leaving players facing an awkward return for pre-season training this year.
Hawthorn coach Sam Mitchell was reported to have personally rung rival coaches in an attempt to offer up players.
Tom Mitchell, Jaeger O’Meara, Jack Gunston and Chad Wingard were all on offer — but reports on Tuesday suggested there is still no serious interest.
It comes as Wingard knocked back a potential offer from GWS and O’Meara received interest from Port Adelaide.
Channel 7’s Mitch Cleary said on Tuesday night: “The Hawthorn stuff has run its race”.
Veteran footy reporter Damian Barrett said on AFL Trade Radio: “There is no obvious takers at this point”.
The Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph told Fox Footy on Tuesday night the club’s “grand plan has officially collapsed”.
Bulldogs legend Brad Johnson also told Fox Footy Mitchell has “got a lot to worry about in terms of a first-year coach”.
Swans and Crows battle finally ends over Jordan Dawson
The Swans have reportedly accepted Adelaide’s final offer to allow Jordan Dawson to move to the Crows.
The two clubs have haggled all week over the future first round picks being offered by the Crows, but the deal was reportedly unlocked on Tuesday night when the Swans finally caved to accept the future first round pick the Crows have — which is tied to where the Demons finish in 2022.
The Swans last week reportedly rejected Adelaide’s offer of centred around the No. 17 pick.
The Swans risked losing Dawson for nothing if he nominated for the Pre-Season Draft as an uncontracted player.
Despite being taken with the No. 56 pick in the 2015 draft, Dawson is coming off his best season and finished third in the Swans’ Best and Fairest.
Dawson’s contract was reportedly back-ended, meaning the Crows will take a salary cap hit of up to $1 million.
The deal is expected to be confirmed early on Wednesday.
Giants star’s departure now ‘highly unlikely’
The twists in Giants star Bobby Hill’s future keep coming with GWS declaring on Tuesday Hill’s trade request is unlikely to be granted.
On a dramatic day for the 21-year-old, it emerged Collingwood had moved in front of Essendon in the race to snare his signature.
However, Giants football boss Jason McCartney responded hours later by declaring it is “highly unlikely” Hill will be allowed to break his contract.
He has officially requested to join Essendon, but the Bombers appear content to let Hill remain in limbo if the Giants aren’t open to the early offers reportedly being negotiated.
Collingwood’s arrival in the situation comes after Hill requested to be traded back to Melbourne on compassionate grounds, despite remaining under contract through to the end of the 2022 season.
His request came as late as last week, catching the Giants off guard. Reports indicated Hill had first spoken to the Bombers last month, just weeks after he had reportedly begun contract extension talks with the Giants.
It’s why Hill came under fire on Monday morning by footy pundit Kane Cornes, who slammed Hill for the position he had put his team in.
Essendon is reportedly prepared to put a four-year contract on the table for Hill if the Giants agree to let him go, according to foxsports.com.au.
However, the Bombers have only minimal draft picks up their sleeve to negotiate with — and it opens the door for the Magpies, who have a much stronger draft hand.
Journalist Sam Edmund told SEN Breakfast on Tuesday Collingwood now appears more likely to sign Hill than Essendon.
“There’s every chance this gets too hard for Essendon and if so Collingwood are ready to pounce,” he said.
“It’s closer to happening with Collingwood even if he wants to get to Essendon.”
Awkward backflip for unwanted Dockers star
Rory Lobb’s move to GWS is dead in the water.
It comes after the Dockers reportedly didn’t want Lobb to stay — if an attractive offer was presented.
Lobb’s manager Colin Young on Monday night said the deal was off because the Giants had failed to present a contract offer that met Lobb’s demands.
The Herald Sun reported the Giants had also failed to satisfy Fremantle’s demands with the club rejecting a future second-round draft pick offer. The report also indicated Fremantle was not prepared to pay some of Lobb’s wages should the move have eventuated.
Every confirmed deal since start of trade period on October 4
— Collingwood gains picks 22, 46, 58, 79 and a future fourth-round pick in a trade. Gold Coast gains the Magpies’ future second, third and fourth-round picks.
— Collingwood gains Nathan Kreuger and pick 55 in a trade. Geelong gains pick 41.
— Port Adelaide gains Jeremy Finlayson in a trade. GWS gains the Power’s future third-round pick.
— Melbourne signs Luke Dunstan as an unrestricted free agent from St Kilda. St Kilda receives no compensation.
— In a four-team trade, Melbourne gains picks 17, 37 and 49, Adelaide gains the Demons’ future first-round pick plus 33 and 75, St Kilda gains 62, 66 and the Crows’ future fourth-round pick, the Western Bulldogs gain 23, 44 and 45.
— Collingwood gains Pick 27 and a future third-round pick. Fremantle gains Pick 22.
— Fremantle gains Will Brodie, Picks 19, 61 and 69 in a trade. Gold Coast gains a future second-round pick and future fourth-round pick.
— Carlton gains Adam Cerra in a trade. Fremantle gains Pick 6 and a future third-round pick.
— Western Bulldogs sign Tim O’Brien as an unrestricted free agent from Hawthorn.
— In a three-team trade, West Coast Eagles gain Sam Petrevski-Seton, Carlton gains Lewis Young, Western Bulldogs gain Pick 52.
— North Melbourne gains Callum Coleman-Jones, Picks 42 and 47 and a future fourth-round pick in a trade. Richmond gains Robbie Tarrant, Pick 40 and a future second-round pick.
— Collingwood gains Patrick Lipinski. Western Bulldogs gain No. 43 draft pick.
— Adelaide gains Jordan Dawson. Sydney gain a future first round pick tied to the Demons’ ladder position in 2022.