We rate the big winners and losers from the AFL trade period.
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Ryder Port Adelaide: The Bombers ruckman finally joins the Power after protracted negotiations
Giles Essendon: GWS ruckman joins Bombers as the club prepares for life without Paddy Ryder
GOLD COAST SUNS
In: Nick Malceski, Mitch Hallahan
Out: Picks 47, 49
A relatively quiet but quite productive trade period for the Suns.
Nick Malceski is a huge pick up for the Suns who required an experienced defender to help out its talented, but youthful back six.
Gold Coast have also shored up its midfield depth, bringing in highly rated Hawthorn rookie Mitch Hallahan, who won the J.J Liston Trophy in 2013 after being judged as the VFL’s best and fairest player.
The Suns also managed to hold onto picks 8 and 15.
In: Dayne Beams, Allen Christensen, Pick 67
Out: Joel Patfull, Jack Crisp, Picks 5, 25
The Lions said they wanted to bring in top-of-the-range talent, and that they’ve done.
Beams and Christensen are both premiership players and it could now be argued that the Lions possess one of the strongest midfields in the competition.
The losses of picks 5 and 25 would generally be hard to swallow, but you won’t be hearing any complaints from the Lions faithful.
In: Paddy Ryder
Out: Picks 17, 37
The Power made it clear they would not be trading any of its top range talent, and they stuck to their guns.
Paddy Ryder is a huge addition to the club’s ruck stocks, and losing picks 17 and 37 is an excellent result.
Developing ruckman Matthew Lobbe now has someone to work with, and the fact that Ryder can also chip in as a tall forward is an added bonus.
In: James Frawley, Jono O’Rourke, Picks 31, 43, 47, 49, 50, 68
Out: Mitch Hallahan, Luke Lowden, Kyle Cheney, Picks 19, 40, 59
The addition of star Melbourne defender James Frawley boosts what is an already extremely strong backline, while the highly-rated Jono O’Rourke joins the Hawks to help regenerate an ageing midfield.
Losing Mitch Hallahan for picks 47 and 49 was under the going rate no doubt, but the addition of O’Rourke offsets his departure.
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