by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago
The Trade period in mid-October was a very busy time for most clubs. Perhaps the two biggest were Hawks Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis heading to West Coast and Melbourne respectively. Perhaps the biggest disappointment was Bryce Gibbs unable to return home to Adelaide. Gibbs, still with three years remaining on a five year deal, had requested a trade home for family reasons. However, with the Blues demanding more than what Adelaide was willing to give up, a deal could not be struck. Below are all the trades in order as they happened.NOTE: many clubs traded selections they received from other clubs as compensations or for a player or other selections they had. These traded selections are referred to as "on-traded".
Restricted free agent Ty Vickery was offered a deal by Hawthorn which Richmond declined to match, allowing Vickery to join the Hawks. In return, Richmond gained a Round Two compensation selection. Vickery, 26, signed a two year deal with Hawthorn and the club believes he still has plenty of good football ahead of him. He can play both forward and in the ruck. Vickery debuted in 2009 and played 119 games and kicked 158 goals for the Tigers.
After 243 games with North Melbourne, Daniel Wells has signed a three year contract with Collingwood as an unrestricted free agent. Wells decided to depart the Kangaroos for a fresh start, despite an excellent season with North. The Kangaroos will receive a Round Two compensation selection.
GWS forward Cam McCarthy sat out the season after GWS refused to trade him back to West Australia last year. However, the Giants finally relented. They also traded their Round One, Round Two and Round Four selections to Fremantle in exchange for McCarthy as well as Fremantle's Round One selection (currently 3 overall)
Prior to the end of the 2016 season, there were rumors that Docker half-forward Chris Mayne wanted out. Mayne, 27, signed a four year contract as an unrestricted free agent. Fremantle will receive a Round Two selection as compensation.
The Giants and Brisbane Lions struck traded draft selections, with the Giants exchanging their Round One on-traded selection and their Round One selection for Brisbane's Rounds One through Four selections
Hawthorn midfielder Brad Hill told the club he wanted to be traded back to West Australia and join his brother Stephen at Fremantle. The deal was done with the Dockers giving up their compensation selection (received for the loss of Chris Mayne). Hill, 23, debuted in 2012 and played 95 games with the Hawks, including the three premierships.
GWS midfielder Jack Steele (first player selected drafted from their Canberra Academy) has been traded to St Kilda in exchange for the Saints' 2017 Round Two selection. Steele, 20, debuted in 2015 but was restricted to just 17 games with hand and foot injuries curtailing him in 2016..
Now for the big one. After much discussion, Sam Mitchell decided to head for West Coast where he will continue his career as well as taking further steps toward a coaching career when he retires as a player. Mitchell, 34, has been an integral part of the Hawks for 15 seasons. and 307 games. He departs the Hawks as a four-time premiership player (2008, 2013, 2014, 2015), five-time Peter Crimmins Medalist (best and fairest, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016) and three-time All Australian (2011, 2013, 2015). Hawthorn also gave up their Rounds Three and Four selections as part of the deal. The Eagles also gave the Hawks their Rounds Three through Five selections.
Sydney's out of contract midfielder Tom Mitchell advised the club that he wanted to be traded to Hawthorn. The deal also included Sydney's Round Three selection in exchange for Hawthorn's Round One and on-traded Round Three selection (received from West Coast). Mitchell, 23, debuted in 2013 and played 63 games with the Swans.
St Kilda exchanged their Round One and Round Four selections to Hawthorn for the Hawks' 2017 Round One, Round Two and on-traded Round Two selections (on-traded selection received from Fremantle who received it as compensation for the loss of Mayne).
St Kilda offered a two year deal to Magpie defender Nathan Brown. Collingwood declined to match the offer for the 27 year old restricted free agent. Due to his age, the contract and the fact that Collingwood had already taken two free agents in Wells and Mayne there will be no compensation. Brown played 130 games for the Pies including the 2010 premiership.
GWS traded midfielder Paul Ahern to North Melbourne for North's Round Four selection.
Ahern, 20, was drafted in 2014. He spent most of 2015 playing in the NEAFL and was named an emergency for the last three games. His 2016 was ruined by two knee reconstructions and he has yet to play a senior AFL game. He still has a long rehab ahead of him and may not play any games in 2017.
Three-Way Club Exchange::
Brisbane traded Pearce Hanley to Gold Coast and their end of Round One priority pick to Port Adelaide
Gold Coast traded their Round Two selection to Brisbane and their Round Two selection to Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide traded their Round Four selection to Gold Coast and their 2017 Round One selection to Brisbane
The other big deal of the trade period saw Hawk Jordan Lewis heading to Melbourne. Several weeks ago, Hawk Coach Alistair Clarkson said he could not guarantee Lewis another contract when the current one expired at the end of next year. He suggested Lewis explore other options. Melbourne was keen and offered Lewis a three year deal. Hawthorn also gave up their on-traded Round Three and on-traded Round Four selections. Melbourne gave up their Rounds Three and Four selections. Lewis, 30, played 254 games for the Hawks, won the 2014 club best and fairest award, was All-Australian in 2014 and was a member of the club's last four premiership teams.
The Bulldogs traded defender Joel Hamling, their Rounds Two and Four selections to Fremantle for their Round Two on-traded selection, and Rounds Three and Four selections. Hamling, 24, was originally drafted by Geelong n 2011 but never played a senior game. He joined the Bulldogs in 2014 as a delisted free agent. He played 21 games in two seasons with the Dogs including the 2016 premiership win.
Essendon's Michael Hibberd, one of the banned Bombers, told the club several months ago that he wanted out. Essendon traded him and their Round Four pick to Melbourne for Round Two selection and on-traded Round Four selection. HIbberd, 26, is a rebounding defender who debuted in 2011 and played 84 games.
Gold Coast traded speedy midfielder Dion Prestia and their Round Two selection to Richmond for their Round One pick and 2017 Round Two selection. Prestia, originally from Victoria, was out of contract at the end of this year and nominated Richmond as his preferred destination. Prestia, 24, debuted in 2011 and played 95 games with the Suns.
Sydney traded mobile ruckman Toby Nankervis to Richmond for the Tigers' Round Three selection. Nankervis, 22, was drafted in 2013 but didn't debut until 2015 and managed just 12 senior games. He requested a trade for more playing opportunities.
The Bulldogs traded their on-traded Round Two and Three selections to Gold Coast for their Rounds Two and Five selections.
Collingwood traded ruckman Jarrod Witts to Gold Coast for their Rounds Three and Four selections Witts, 24, debuted in 2013 and played 40 games with the Pies, he managed only two games on 2016 due to injury.
The Bulldogs traded midfielder/forward Nathan Hrovat and their 2017 Rounds Three and Four selections to North Melbourne for their 2017 Rounds Three and Four selections. Hrovat, 22, debuted in 2013 and played 30 games for the Bulldogs. He played only seven games in 2015 and just four games in 2016, was out of contract at the end of this year and was keen for more playing opportunities.
Geelong traded forward Shane Kersten to Fremantle for their Round Four on-traded selection. Kersten, 23, is originally from WA and was keen to return home and has signed a three year deal. He debuted in 2014 and played 37 games for the Cats.
Carlton traded Zach Touhy and their 2017 Round Two selection to the Cats for Billy Smedts, Geelong's 2017 Round One selection and their Round Four on-traded selection. Touhy was recruited from Ireland and debuted with the Blues in 2011 and played 120 games as a defender. He was named in the 2015 coaches team of the year. Smedts, 24, was one of the compensation selections the Cats received in 2010 for losing Gary Ablett to Gold Coast The midfielder debuted in 2012 but has managed just 28 games in an injury-riddled career. He played just one game in 2016.
Geelong traded Josh Caddy and their Round Three selection to Richmond for their Round Two on-traded and Round Four selections.Caddy, 24, is a midfielder who was originally drafted by Gold Coast in 2010 where he played 24 games before being traded to the Cats at the end of 2012. He played 70 games for the Cats.
Sydney traded their Round Two and on-traded Round Three selections to GWS for their Round Two on-traded selection.
Adelaide midfielder Jarryd Lyons requested a trade and the Crows struck a deal with Gold Coast. Along with Lyons the Crows gave Gold Coast their Round Four selection in exchange for Gold Coast's on-traded Rounds Three and Four selections. Lyons, 24, debuted in 2012 and played 55 games with the Crows. He had a breakout season in 2016 with 20 games and averaging 21 possessions.
GWS traded defender/forward Pat McKenna and their Rounds Three and Four on-traded selections to Melbourne for their Rounds Three and Four on-traded selections. McKenna, 20, was drafted in 2014 but had his 2015 season ruined by injury and failed to play a game in 2016.
Geelong traded ruckman Nathan Vardy to West Coast fr their Roudn Four on-traded selection. Vardy, 25, payed 25 games for the Cats since his 2011 debut. Vardy can also play forward.
Colllingwood forward Travis Cloke, out of favor and out of the team for parts of 2016, nominated the Bulldogs as his preferred destination. Cloke, 29, was a father-son selection in 2004 and played 246 games with the Pies. Cloke is a two-time All-Australian, won the club's best and fairest in 2007, was the club leading goalkicker 2011-14 and a member of the 2010 premiership side.
GWS traded James Steward to Essendon for their Round Five selection. Stewart, 22, is a tall forward who can pinch-hit in the ruck and played 18 games since his debut in 2013.
North Melbourne traded Aaron Black to Geelong for their Round Five selection. Black debuted in 2011 but played just 50 games, none in 2016. He is an agile and quick forward.
GWS traded Will Hoskin-Elliott to Collingwood for their 2017 Round Two selection.Hoskin-Elliott, 23, grew up a Collingwood supporter and the young midfielder will join former Giants' teammate Adam Treloar after 52 games with GWS since his 2012 debut.
Collingwood traded defender Jack Frost, their Round Four on-traded selection and their 2017 Round Three selection to Brisbane for their 2017 Rounds Three and Four selections.Frost, selected in the 2013 rookie draft, played 54 games for the Pies.
Melbourne traded tall defender Lynden Dunn and their Round Three on-traded selection to Collingwood for their Round Three selection. Dunn, 29, played 165 games in eleven seasons with the Demons.
Collingwood traded Marley Williams to North Melbourne for their Round Six selection. Williams, 23, is a small running defender who played 68 games with Collingwood since debuting in 2012.
GWS traded Caleb Marchbank, Jarrod Pickett and their 2017 Round Two selection to Carlton for their two Round Three selections (picks 45 and 58) and their on-traded 2017 Round One selection. Marchbank, a tall running defender, was out of contact this year and requested a trade to Carlton. He played five games in his debut season last year but managed just two this year due to ankle and shoulder injuries. Pickett, 19, was drafted in 2014 and spent all of 2015 in the NEAFL. The young forward suffered a Lisfranc foot injury in April of this year and missed all of 2016. The injury is the same as that which ended Dane Swan's career.
GWS traded Rhys Palmer to Carlton for thier Round Eight selection. Palmer was originally drafted by Fremantle in 2011 where he played 53 games before crossing to GWS as an uncontracted player at the end of that year. He played a further 68 games with GWS as a negating forward.
Carlton traded their on-traded 2017 Round Two selection to Hawthorn for their Round Three and two Round Four on-traded selections (picks 66 and 70).
Before the end of the season, Jaeger O'Meara told Gold Coast he wanted to be traded. The Suns traded him to Hawthorn for their Round One on-traded and 2017 Round Two on-traded selections. O'Meara, 22, was drafted in 2011 and has played 44 games.He has been troubled by knee injuries which have sidelined him for the past two years.
Gold Coast traded their on-traded Round Two and Round Four selections and their 2017 Round Four selections to Fremantle for their Round Four on-traded and 2017 Round Two selection.
Richmond traded Brett Deledio to GWS for their 2017 on-traded Round One selection and their 2017 Round Three selection. Delidio, a veteran of 243 games, managed just nine games in 2016 due to a persistent calf injury. He won Richmond's best and fairest award in 2008 and 2009 and served as vice-captain the past two seasons. He was the number one draft selection in 2004. Nearing the end of his career, he wanted a fresh start and took a pay cut to join GWS and can play almost anywhere on the ground.
Sydney traded their Round One on-traded selection, their Round One selection and their on-traded Round Two selection to Port Adelaide for their Round One selection, end of Round One on-traded selection and Round Three selection.
The Western Bulldogs traded Koby Stevens, their on-traded Round Round Four and on-traded 2017 Round Four selection to St Kilda for their Round Three and 2017 Round Five selections.
Source: Patrick Keane (AFL), afl.com.au, theage.com.au, news.com.au, heraldsun.com.au, Club Media Releases: Clare Pettyfor (Hawthorn), Stacey Oates & Kevin Diggerson (Geelong), Alexandra Stewart (Carton), Luke Morfesse (Fremantle), Heath O'Loughin (North Melbourne), Stephen Reilly (Collingwood), Leah Mirabella (St Kilda), Gary Stocks (West Coast), Denis Bicer (Western Bulldogs), Jaimee Damon (Richmond), Peter McDonald (PA), AFL Record Season Guide, AFL Grand Final Record
Article last changed on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 1:24 AM EST