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GWS Giants traded Jack Hombsch and Jake Neade (NT Zone Selection) to Port Adelaide for its Round Two Selection.

Hombsch is a tall, athletic defender blessed with natural talent. He was drafted by the Giants in 2010 as a 17 year old pre-draft selection but played just nine games, all in 2012. The trade will see him return home to SA and have more playing opportunities.

Neade is a highly rated small forward. He played for North Ballarat in the TAC Cup and captained the Northern Territory team at the U-18s tournament where his impressive performances earned him U-18 All-Australian selection. General manager Peter Rhode said the club was impressed with Neade's speed, endurance, work ethic and ability to apply defensive pressure in the forward line. Some have already compared him to a young Cyril Rioli.

Source: Daniel Norton & Jessica Ries, Port Adelaide & GWS Media Release

West Coast traded midfielder Koby Stevens to the Western Bulldogs for its On-Traded Round Two Selection. Stevens, 21, nominated the Bulldogs as his club of choice when he informed the Eagles at the end of this season that he wanted to return home to Victoria. Stevens was drafted to the Eagles in 2009 after an impressive junior career which included the captaincy of the AIS-AFL team. List manager Jason McCartney said the strong-bodied Stevens would add depth the Bulldog midfield and was impressed with his training ethic and attitude.

Source: Denis Bicer, WB Media Release

Gold Coast Suns traded Tom Hickey, its Round Two Selection and its Round Three Selection to St Kilda for its Round One Free Agency Compensation Selection, its Round Two Selection and its Round Three Selection. Hickey, 21, told the Suns he wanted to be traded so he could return to Victoria. The club was keen to regain high draft picks after trading Jack Martin and Jesse Hogan to Melbourne. Hickey debuted Round 22, 2011 and played ten games for the Suns. Hickey, a 201 cm (6'6") ruckman played volleyball as a junior before switching to football. Saints football chief Chris Pelchen said Hickey would help strengthen St Kilda's ruck division alongside Ben McEvoy.


Fremantle traded Greg Broughton and its Round Three Selection to Gold Coast Suns for its On-Traded Round Two Selection. One of the selections the Suns traded was the one the received in exchange for Tom Hickey to St Kilda. Broughton, 26, played 68 games for the Dockers as a midfielder/defender since his 2009 debut. He was a mature age selection in the 2009 rookie draft. He played in the first 16 games of the 2012 season, but surgery on an injured finger ended his year. Suns' general manager Marcus Ashcroft said Broughton would add experience and versatility to the playing list.

Source: Luke Morfesse & Stephen Wilson, Fremantle & GC Media Release

Port Adelaide traded David Rodan to Melbourne for its Round Five Selection. Rodan, 29, has landed at his third club after initially debuting with Richmond where he played 65 games 2002-2006. The Tigers then traded him to Port Adelaide where he played 111 games. He played 25 games for Port in 2007, including the losing Grand Final to Geelong. Prior to being drafted by Richmond, Rodan won consecutive Morrish Medals 2000-2001 (TAC Cup junior Brownlow equivalent). He was a Rising Star nominee in 2002 and was a member of the international team which played Ireland in 2008.

Source: Ryan Larkin, Melbourne Media Release

West Coast traded talented running defender Lewis Stevenson to Port Adelaide for its On-Traded Round Five Selection in a three-way club deal. Stevenson, 23, joins the Power in return for a fifth round pick at the draft, which Port Adelaide accepted from Melbourne in exchange for David Rodan. A 2008 rookie selection, Stevenson was upgraded ahead of the 2010 season and debuted in Round 13. He played a total of ten games that year and, despite impressive form at Claremont in the WAFL, has been unable to break into the strong Eagles' senior team since. He was named as an emergency several times this season, including the semi-final. He was a member of Claremont's Premiership teams the past two seasons and came highly recommended by WA sources. General manager Peter Rhode believes Stevenson could fit in as a running wingman or halfback at Port. Rhode described Stevenson as a good runner with a nice kick, good decision-making and the ability to take on tall forwards.

Source: Andrew Rutter, PA Media Release

Collingwood traded Thomas Young to the Western Bulldogs for its Round Four Selection. Young joined the Magpies as a NSW Scholarship Rookie in 2010 and won Collingwood's VFL Best and Fairest award, joining the senior team via the 2010 draft. He debuted in 2011, played two games and then played a further seven in 2012 primarily as a defender. Bulldog list manager Jason McCartney said Young’s fierce competitiveness and clean ball handling were just two attributes the club saw in him. According to McCartney, Young is a long-term prospect and welcome addition to the list.

Source: Denis Bicer, WB Media Release

Sydney traded defender Campbell Heath and its Round Four Selection to Port Adelaide for its Round Four Selection. Heath has had a tough start to his career. Drafted in 2008 by the Swans, he required a knee reconstruction which kept him out in 2009. He played just two games in 2010. He suffered another knee injury early in 2011 and was unable to break into the senior side. He was delisted at the end of 2011 but redrafted as a rookie. In 2012, he was again unable to break into the strong Sydney side but did have a very consistent season in the NEAFL and played in the reserves grand final.

General manager Peter Rhode said, “Campbell’s shown a lot of character and enormous resilience ... and that’s very much what we have been looking for ... We think that’s a credit to him and a sign his knee and body are sound and he has plenty of football in front of him.” Heath is also looking forward to getting more opportunities at Port, where he will be reunited with juniors' teammate John Butcher. Heath expressed gratitude to both Port for his second chance, and to Sydney for all their support, especially with his injuries.

Source: Andrew Rutter, PA Media Release

Melbourne traded Cale Morton to West Coast for its On-Traded Round Five Selection. Morton was drafted by Melbourne in 2007, debuted in 2008 and played 73 games. His first 40 came in his first two seasons and he won a Rising Star nomination in his first year. Injury and poor form restricted him to 33 games in the past three seasons. Morton, who can play a variety of positions including defense, was recruited from WA.


North Melbourne traded Aaron Edwards to Richmond for its Round Four Selection. Edwards, 28, was originally drafted as a rookie by West Coast in 2004 and debuted against Richmond in 2005. He played only four games at West Coast, but departed at the end of that season and played for VFL club Frankston in 2006. He had an outstanding season, winning the VFL goalkicking award as well as the Liston Trophy (VFL Brownlow equivalent), the first player to win both awards in the same year. That caught the eye of North recruiters and he was drafted by the Kangaraoos. He played 78 games and kicked 122 goals. North's football chief Donald McDonald said “Aaron worked extremely hard to turn his career around with us ... He has grown not only as a player, but also as a leader and ... a valuable contributor to our club.” Edwards had his best season in 2011, kicking 36 goals in 19 games. In 2012, he kicked 17 goals in nine games, averaging 11 disposals and five marks per match.

Source: Adrian Ceddia & Chelsea Collins, Richmond and NM Media Release

North Melbourne traded Cameron Pedersen and its On-Traded Round Four Selection to Melbourne for Jordan Gysberts and its On-Traded Round Three Selection. Pedersen, 25 was drafted by North as a rookie in 2010 after impressing at VFL level with Werribee where he was coached by Melbourne development coach Paul Slattery. He debuted in 2011, played 14 games and won the club's best first year player award. He managed just two games in 2012. Pedersen is a ruckman who can also push forward.

Gysberts, 21, was drafted in 2009 and played 18 games in his 2011 debut season. He played just one game in 2012. Gysberts clean ball use by hand and foot are his strengths and he will add to a young midfield.

Source: Chelsea Collins & Ryan Larkin, NM Media Release

Carlton traded Jordan Russell to Collingwood for its On-Traded Round Four selection received from the Bulldogs in exchange for Tom Young. Russell twice finished top six in the Carlton Best and Fairest award and was runner-up to Chris Judd in 2010. Originally recruited from SA in 2004, Russell played 116 games in eight seasons, but just seven in 2012. Collingwood recruiting manager Derek Hine, believes Russell, 25 and a top 10 draft selection, has the attributes to be an elite player. He said Russell would add versatility across halfback and on the wings. He believes the club can help Russell recapture his best form.

Source: Stephen Rielly, Collingwood Media Release

Sydney traded Matthew Spangher and On-Traded Round Four Selection to Hawthorn for its Round Three Free Agency Selection. Spangher, 25, was drafted by the Eagles in 2005 as a tall defender. A bout of ostiitis pubis in his first season and other injuries kept him from making his debut until 2009 when he played seven games. He played a further nine games before being traded to Sydney at the end of 2010. At Sydney, he was moved to the forward line. He played only five games for the Swans in 2011. His 2012 season was derailed by several hamstring injuries. Hawthorn Coach Alastair Clarkson said the club had always admired Spangher and was sure he would fit in well with the Hawks.

Source: Leah Mirabella, Hawthorn Media Release, AFL Record Season Guide

GWS traded Jed Anderson (NT Zone Selection), its On-Traded Round Two Selection and its Round Four Selection to Hawthorn for Stephen Gilham, its On-Traded Round Two Selection and its Round Three Selection.
Anderson, 18, is a midfielder/halfback who has been playing with the NT Thunder in the NEAFL for the past two seasons. He also represented the NT at the U-18 tournament in 2011. In 2010, he played for the Giants' TAC team.

Gilham was drafted by Port Adelaide in 2002 but did not debut until 2005 due to a series of groin and shoulder injuries. He played only one game for the Power and was delisted. Hawthorn Coach Alastair Clarkson had been an assistant at Port at the time and was keen to get Gilham to the Hawks. Gilham was rookie-listed by the Hawks in 2008 and then elevated to the seniors. He became a key defender with the Hawks and played 98 games, including the 2008 premiership. Clarkson praised Gilham for the role he played in mentoring younger players at Hawthorn's VFL side Box Hill and thanked him for his overall contributions to the club. GWS list manager Stephen Silvagni said Gilham's experience would strengthen the Giants' defense and that, coming from a successful club, would be a good role model for the younger players.

Source: Jessica Ries, GWS Media Release, Encyclopedia of League Footballers, AFL Record Season Guide

Melbourne traded Stefan Martin to Brisbane for its Round Three Selection and its Round Four Selection.
The athletic forward/ruckman enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2011, when he was widely regarded as one of the competition’s most improved players. He averaged 17 disposals and 15 hit outs per game to finish eighth in Melbourne’s club awards. His best came mid-season when he had to fill in for the injured Mark Jamar. 2012 proved quieter for the former basketball player as injuries kept him to just seven games. The move will see him reunited with Demon teammate Brent Moloney. Brisbane talent manager Rob Kerr said Martin's effectiveness in the ruck and around the ground would add flexibility and he could also be another marking target up forward as well as have the occasional stint in defense..

Source: Kate Stevens, Brisbane Media Release

Collingwood traded its Round Two selection and its On-Traded Round Three Selection to North Melbourne for its On-Traded Round Two Selection.

Sydney traded forward Trent Dennis-Lane to St Kilda for its On-Traded Round Three Selection. Drafted in 2009, Dennis-Lane was impressive in his debut season of 2010 with 18 goals in games. He managed only three games in 2012. The Saints believe Dennis-Lane will add some extra firepower and versatility up forward.

Source: Vanessa Gigliotti, St Kilda Media Release, AFL Record Season Guide

St Kilda traded Jamie Cripps and its On-Traded Round Three Selection to West Coast for its Round Two Selection and its On-Traded Round Two Selection. Cripps, a versatile athlete who can play midfield, forward and defense, was drafted in 2010 from WA. He played 12 games but expressed a desire to return home to be closer to his family. The Saints were keen on Eagle defender Mitch Brown but the Eagles were not willing to give up the contracted Brown, who wanted to return to Victoria.

Source: Vanessa Gigliotti, St Kilda Media Release, AFL Record Season Guide

Article last changed on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 3:02 AM EDT

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