The Gold Coat Suns are reportedly cutting a deal for the biggest dominoes of the AFL trade period to fall in a four-team switch.
Welcome to our live coverage of Day 4 of the AFL Trade Period.
The dominoes are beginning to fall and the bargain buys are already emerging.
Day 3 was highlighted by a monster four-team trade, and the action is expected to ramp up as the week progresses.
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Gold Coast cuts deal that ‘blows the roof off AFL Trade Period’
The Gold Coast Suns are reportedly about to trigger the biggest moment of the AFL Trade Period in a play that will unlock Adam Cerra’s move to Carlton.
There was a flurry of negotiations made public on Wednesday, including more jostling between the Blues and Fremantle over Cerra’s trade request and also details on Geelong star Jordan Clark’s desire to move to the Dockers.
Reports on Wednesday night, including from afl.com.au’s Callum Twomey, claimed the Suns and Dockers have agreed in principle on a trade that will see Gold Coast’s No. 19 draft pick and Will Brodie move to Fremantle in exchange for the Dockers’ future second round and fourth round draft selections.
SEN’s Sam Edmund on Thursday reported the deal has massive ramifications.
“Gold Coast are about to blow the roof off the trade period with a deal that has been agreed with Fremantle,” Edmund said on SEN Breakfast with Garry and Tim.
“It’s not just the trade itself, but what flows off the back of it. They will send Pick 19 and Will Brodie over for a future second and fourth.”
He said the deal will trigger a flurry of activity in the next 24 hours.
“So, pick 19 will now be used to unlock the deal for Jordan Clark — at least, that’s Fremantle’s thinking — and by extension, that unlocks the deal for Adam Cerra,” he said.
Twomey on Thursday reported the Suns have also included picks No. 61 and No. 69 in the deal with Fremantle.
It was reported last month following Cerra’s official request to be moved to the Blues that Fremantle is demanding a trade package that includes the Blues’ No. 6 overall selection at this year’s draft.
Cerra will reportedly sign a four-year deal worth around $2.8 million with Carlton if the trade eventuates.
Real reason Port gambled on Giants star
The general view of Jeremy Finlayson’s move to Port Adelaide is that the Power got a steal.
The hot-and-cold forward target was moved to the Power in exchange for a future third round pick and has signed a three-year deal.
The 25-year-old has struggled for consistency and will be hoping to develop some solid form at the Power.
He played 13 games for the Giants in 2021, but has previously shown he was the most talented pick from the Giants’ 2015 AFL Draft haul — of which there are now no remaining players at the club from the six players selected.
The Giants have a widely reported salary cap crunch and Finlayson’s move in exchange for such a measly return is potentially the result of the cap pressures.
Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes on Thursday morning suggested the real reason Port Adelaide made the move is because the Power see a weakness in its forward target options while Charlie Dixon’s fitness remains a concern.
“Charlie Dixon was banged up every week. I’m not sure how confident Port Adelaide would be in his body, so Finlayson gives them some depth there,” Cornes said on AFL Trade Radio.
Finlayson joins a loaded forward line that includes Dixon, Mitch Georgiades and Todd Marshall. He could also play as a key defender.
The Giants are also well positioned to cover for the loss of Finlayson with a forward line that includes Harry Himmelberg, Jesse Hogan, Jake Riccardi and Toby Greene.
AFL confirms monster four-club move
The Melbourne Demons traded back into the first round of this year‘s AFL Draft following a monster four-club picks swap with Western Bulldogs, Adelaide and St Kilda.
From the deal, the Bulldogs have traded out pick 17 for more points to secure father-son prospect Sam Darcy.
It also complicates Jordan Dawson’s path to Adelaide.
Receives: 17, 37, 49
Gives: Future first, 33, 45
Receives: 23, 44, 45
Receives: Future first (Melbourne), 33, 75
Gives: 23, 37, 44, 62, 66, future fourth
Receives: 62, 66, future fourth (Adelaide)
The deal was officially lodged on Wednesday afternoon.
Dumped Saint signs for reigning premiers
Former Saints midfielder Luke Dunstan officially signed with the Melbourne Demons on Wednesday as an unrestricted free agent.
Dunstan was axed by St Kilda after averaging 25 disposals in 12 games this season.
“We came into this trade period looking to re-stock the midfield area and Luke fits the bill perfectly,” Melbourne List Manager Tim Lamb told Melbourne Media.
“We are really happy that Luke has chosen to make the move to our club.
“With Nathan Jones retiring and Aaron vandenBerg moving on, we have lost a considerable amount of experience out of our midfield group.
“Luke is a proven performer at the highest level and finished this season in exceptional fashion polling 11 votes in the Brownlow Medal.
“We think Luke’s best football is ahead of him and just as importantly, Luke is a terrific cultural fit for our club.“