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The Trades – Day 8: Lloyd deal the lull before the storm


Richmond small forward Sam Lloyd is on his way to the Western Bulldogs after struggling for senior opportunity at Punt Road. Photo: AFL MEDIA

The Trades – Day 8: Lloyd deal the lull before the storm

Ronny Lerner    

After a quiet start to the second week of the 2018 AFL trade period, the stage is set for a frantic final 48 hours.

The Wednesday 8.30pm deadline now looms large on the horizon, especially as there are still a host of big names who are yet to make their way to their preferred destinations.

Nineteen players changed clubs last week, but things slowed down on Monday with only one deal completed as Richmond goalsneak Sam Lloyd was traded to the Western Bulldogs in exchange for pick 64 at next month’s draft.

Lloyd, who is perhaps best known for his dramatic after-the-siren match-winning goal against Sydney in 2016, has been starved for opportunities at Richmond in recent times.

After playing every game in 2016, he has only managed 15 games in the past two seasons as the Tigers transformed themselves into one of the competition’s powerhouse sides, winning the flag and minor premiership in consecutive years.

But he has proven to be clever around the goals in his time at the Tigers when given the chance and could add some polish to the Dogs’ forward line.

Tuesday and Wednesday promise to be blockbuster days and given the AFL have placed the trade deadline in prime time, it wouldn’t surprise if the more high-profile deals were completed in the hour or two leading up to it.

The stunning revelation of Brisbane superstar Dayne Beams wanting to return home and play for Collingwood has grown legs in recent days and it sounds as though the Magpies are prepared to give up a pair of first-round picks to the Lions for him.

Port Adelaide dual All-Australian Chad Wingard is being made to wait to cross to Hawthorn and while a transaction involving young Hawk Ryan Burton now seems unlikely, so disappointed is he that he was offered up initially that he is reportedly now keen to play somewhere else in what could prove to be a disastrous backfire for Hawthorn.

Brisbane’s desire to secure two-time Fremantle best-and-fairest Lachie Neale is still at an impasse due to the Dockers wanting pick five in exchange for him, something the Lions aren’t currently prepared to consider.

GWS gun midfielder Dylan Shiel should eventually make his way to Essendon for a pair of first-round picks, while the Hawks might emerge from the trade period with the biggest bargain as they are reportedly close to securing Shiel’s teammate Tom Scully for just pick 53.

Sure, there are question marks surrounding Scully’s ankle following his bad break in round two, and the Giants’ apparent eagerness to jettison him only seems to strengthen those concerns, but if the Hawks manage to get him back to full fitness, they will have acquired one of the game’s most explosive two-way gut-runners.

Gold Coast defender Steven May’s potential passage to Melbourne is linked to the Neale deal because the Demons reportedly want picks five and 11 for key forward Jesse Hogan – the belief is that the Dees would then pass pick five on to the Suns for May.

And yes, Freo has publicly declared it is not chasing Hogan anymore, but seriously, the Dockers have been crying out for a star key forward for years and with one now within touching distance, don’t be surprised if “Operation: Get Hogan” resumes in the next couple of days.

GWS big man Rory Lobb’s request to join Fremantle hasn’t been fulfilled yet and neither has Geelong midfielder Tim Kelly’s to join West Coast.

Meanwhile, you can expect Hawthorn’s Taylor Duryea to join the Bulldogs, Gold Coast’s Aaron Hall to join North Melbourne, the Bulldogs’ Jordan Roughead to join Collingwood and Geelong’s George Horlin-Smith to join Gold Coast by Wednesday night.

In separate news, Irish Carlton pair Ciaran Byrne and Cillian McDaid have announced their retirements.

COMPLETED DEALS
1. Reece Conca (Richmond) joined Fremantle as an unrestricted free agent. The Tigers received pick 37 as compensation.
2. Luke Dahlhaus (Western Bulldogs) joined Geelong as an unrestricted free agent. Bulldogs received pick 25 as compensation.
3. Lincoln McCarthy, pick 54 and pick 57 (Geelong) traded to Brisbane in exchange for picks 42 and 60.
4. Tom Lynch (Gold Coast) joined Richmond as a restricted free agent. Suns received pick 3 as compensation.
5. Anthony Miles, Corey Ellis and a future third-round pick (Richmond) traded to Gold Coast in exchange for a future third-round pick.
6. Carlton traded pre-listed Nathan Kreuger (South Adelaide) to Geelong in exchange for pick 42.
7. Scott Lycett (West Coast) joined Port Adelaide as a restricted free agent. Eagles received pick 20 as compensation.
8. Brisbane traded picks 24, 58 and 79 to Gold Coast in exchange for picks 32, 41, 44 and 77.
9. Carlton received Mitch McGovern and future third-round pick (Adelaide), Adelaide received pre-listed Shane McAdam (Sturt), pick 13 (Sydney) and future fifth-round pick (Carlton), Sydney received picks 26, 28 (Carlton) and 40 (Adelaide).
10. Jared Polec, Jasper Pittard and pick 48 (Port Adelaide) traded to North Melbourne in exchange for pick 11 and a future fourth-round pick.
11. Gary Rohan (Sydney) traded to Geelong in exchange for pick 61. Ryan Clarke (North Melbourne) traded to Sydney in exchange for pick 61.
12. Tom Hickey, pick 60 and future fourth-round pick (St Kilda) traded to West Coast in exchange for pick 39 and future third-round pick.
13. Alex Fasolo (Collingwood) joined Carlton as an unrestricted free agent. Magpies received pick 57 as compensation.
14. Fremantle traded pick 6 and a future third-round pick to Port Adelaide in exchange for picks 11, 23, 30 and 49.
15. Dan Hannebery and pick 28 (Sydney) traded to St Kilda in exchange for pick 39 and future second-round pick.
16. Dean Kent (Melbourne) traded to St Kilda in exchange for pick 65.
17. Dom Tyson (Melbourne) traded to North Melbourne in exchange for Braydon Preuss and pick 62.
18. Will Setterfield and pick 71 (GWS) traded to Carlton in exchange for pick 43 and future second-round pick.
19. Sam Lloyd (Richmond) traded to Western Bulldogs in exchange for pick 64.

*all picks are as at time of trade

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