The AFL season may be over and dusty, but competition between clubs continues with the annual trading period underway.
Until the end of the period, October 13, we will keep you in all stores, analyzing who won and lost with each exchange.
It is predicted that this will be an intriguing trading period, as the clubs are stepping up preparations for the 2022 season.
Adam Cerra lands on Lygon Street
In perhaps the most anticipated move of the trading period, the Dockers and Blues quickly agreed on a deal to send the announced young midfielder Adam Cerre to Carlton.
Cerra, number five in the 2017 draft, is returning to Victoria to continue her career.
For his short time in the West, Cerra has proven to be a versatile, flexible midfielder, capable of damaging both inside and out.
Cerra’s ability to not only have the ball in the competition, but also to move it forward effectively puts it in the first place of young midfielders in the competition.
Last year, Fremantle was able to play with the most talented group of young midfielders in the competition, and Cerri was joined by Andrew Brayshaw and Caleb Serong. The three promised to move from the older guard, veterans from the Grand Final 2013, into a new era of success.
Unfortunately for coaches Justin Longmuir and Fremantle, the Dockers will have to find a way to bridge Cerre’s loss. For Fremantle’s side that was so strong in the 2021 breaks, the coaching staff will have to figure out how to cover their loss.
For Carlton, that raises expectations for next year’s finals, and adds extra depth of midfield after the addition of George Hewett through a free agency.
Fremantle rightly expected that there would be as many as six spades in the deal, for a player who fulfilled his draft bill and who was expected to be a key part of their future. Cerra’s future projects are even brighter than might only be expected on such a large number of drafts.
However, by the time Fremantle makes a choice at the rehearsal dinner, he will probably choose eight, which removes a bit of shine from the return.
An additional third round is in favor of evening outings. It’s a usable recording in next year’s draft for the Dockers, which will come back to them after they swapped future elections earlier today.
Pretty well balanced for high stakes trading.
Lewis Young and Sam Petrevski-Seton are looking for a new opportunity
Petrevski-Seton and Lewis Young are heading to new clubs after struggling to break the legs of the regular season at their previous homes.
Young, a chubby 202cm man who was used as a miser for the Bulldogs, turned down a new contract with the Bulldogs and found a better deal at Carlton.
The Blues could see him as a defensive option, which could enter the frame if new coach Michael Voss decides to change the tactical setup in which two brilliant interceptions and rebounds by the big men were left isolated with too much work.
Petrevski-Seton has not had many chances in Carlton’s midfield in recent years. By adding Adam Cerra and George Hewett, Petrevski-Seton would have the prospect of even weaker.
Instead, he gets a chance to find a role in the top midfielder of the West Coast, with his speed perhaps adding a point difference.
Petrevski-Seton showed some real flashes of ability, especially in the first three years of the league. As Carlton’s priorities changed over time, he found himself outside the midfield combination and struggled to adjust to a more defensive role.
The trade is fairly simple and considers both players to be of equal value with each other and with a selection of 52. Both Young and Petrevski-Seton are somewhat difficult to project because they are young players with limited senior games.
But when the result so far is compared to the historical trajectories of similar players, Petrevski-Seton may have more significant results and more promising prospects.
Petrevski-Seton looks like the most valuable piece here, but a reasonably fair series of moves for two players with potential more than a proven score.
Will Brodie heads west to Fremantle
When Will Brodie arrived at the Gold Coast, expectations were somewhat high.
Shepparton’s product came on the scene as a finished inner midfielder; a powerful ball winner.
Due to injuries and overcrowding of the midfielders in the Suns, Brodie mostly could not achieve a clear, long-term game in the first team.
When selected, Brodie showed flashes of brilliance, but mostly he couldn’t connect them for a long time.
In the past two seasons, he has led only six AFL football games, including one as an unused medical aid.
As a result, its potential is still largely untapped, and its future is difficult to predict.
All the way to Brodie’s projects due to lack of playing time, the very substitution of selection goes in Fremantle’s favor, even if Brodie is rated at zero. In other words, the Gold Coast pays Fremantle to take him away.
However, the Gold Coast has an important second goal – to move as many elections as possible from the 2021 draft to 2022.
Due to the reduction in the size of the roster throughout the league and the special concessions given to Gold Coast to help them rebuild, the Suns are facing a player crisis like no other.
As a result, the Suns can only take one live pick in the 2021 draft – worth three.
To take advantage of even that choice, they must have enough space on the list – a key driver for sending Brodie to the Dockers.
For the Sun, the key goal is to get value – any value – for their other draft choices before they have to transfer them to night drafts.
Through the Collingwood store, and now Fremantle, they mostly did it – albeit at a small price.
The title pick will almost certainly be upgraded for Gold Coast compared to pick 19 this year, and late selections are a replacement for two for one.
Fremantle got a flyer about the former top 10 pick, and the Suns replaced this year’s draft pick with the next.
Jeremy Finlayson: Giants in power
After seven seasons at GWS, a former local academic, senior Jeremy Finlayson, got a job in Port Adelaide, mostly for family reasons.
Finlayson will head to Power, who handed over a future pick in the third round to the Giants.
Although the trading period is often described as a battle between competing clubs to tear down the other side, most of the time the goals are more in finding the right one for the player and the club.
With a number of potential strikers in key positions and defenders on the Giants ’list, the loss of Finlayson — who joins power under a three-year deal — is not as critical as it may have been in the past.
Harry Himmelberg, Jesse Hogan and Jake Riccardi seem to be set as bigger opportunities for the Giants, along with the enigmatic Toby Green.
Although he has been mentioned more as a goal scorer in recent years, Finlayson began his AFL journey as a high-back before being moved forward to cover losses.
The Culcairn product has shown some potential backwards. The giants often used it as a high accessory, including hitting the gloves with their fingers.
Finlayson, despite his height, often works best in running and closer to ground level, as he can use his long boot to drill targets from anywhere.
As it stands now, Power has a lot of preset settings.
Finlayson joins Charlie Dixon, Mitch Georgiades, Todd Marshall and a host of capable attackers on targets as targets.
However, Power’s defensive supplies are relatively small and have been exploited in the past, including this year’s preliminary finals.
Finlayson’s positional flexibility can allow the Powers to cover the attacks of the huge opposition while still keeping the firepower forward.
At the cost of only a future third-round pick, there is little cost to pay to correct a potentially major weakness.
For the giants, this move helps clear up some setbacks from the high values they had on their list.
At the same time, they get some relief regarding the salary cap and the opportunity to accumulate more draft capital for their very productive academy.
Power may have reached the right deal.
Nathan Kreuger: Cats Magpies
Geelong’s great assistant Nathan Kreuger – who was initially neglected in his working year – has found his way to his new club, Collingwood, after playing just two matches for Geelong.
The Magpies swapped their first round of selection for the third round (No. 41) for Kreuger and the selection of Mandi for the third round (55).
After facing stiff competition during the game – both forward and down and back – at the Kennel, Kreuger joins one side of Collingwood who needs experience and mature bodies, especially forward.
Kreuger was originally listed by Carlton under the 2018 concession list, and traded Geelong for the 42nd pick.
The exchange may also have reflected where Kreuger, then 19, may have gone to the draft live after a solid season for South Adelaide in SANFL.
After his arrival in Kardinia Park, Kreuger’s progress was somewhat difficult to track due to VFL interruptions associated with the coronavirus, as well as injuries.
Victor Harbor’s parent – when he played – showed some promise, including shooting a six-goal bag against Coburg in the 2019 season in the VFL.
However, the arrival of Jeremy Cameron last year prompted the Cats to try to turn Kreuger into a defense in their 2021 campaign.
Kreuger’s two AFL appearances this season took place in the 20th and 21st rounds, against North Melbourne and GWS.
He is likely to enter the squad as the top 22 key positions ahead in the Magpies, given their struggles that have progressed in recent years.
Kreuger’s athleticism means that he can cover a lot of terrain and potentially stretch the opponent’s defense.
She’s shaping up as a really good pair to pair with the late Darcy Cameron, who could attract more attention than Brody Mihocek.
Kreuger’s projected future value is very low, given the lack of results at a higher level.
With a few years in a good AFL system under his belt – and at a cheap trading price – Kreuger would be attractive to the magpie side focused on Nick Daicos on the national draft and think about the results in the future.
For their part, the Cats will upgrade their fourth draft selection with an even draft.
Low stakes and pretty fair trade.