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Eddie Betts Soars

It was a slow starting but fast finishing trade period between October 7 and October 14. The first week was relatively slow with only a dozen or so trades, but the last day was a frenzy with everyone trying to get deals done before the 7:30 PM AEST cut off time. St Kilda was the most active, reaping a bonanza of talent at the expense of draft picks. In the summary, "on-traded" draft selections means a club traded a selection they previously received from another club. All clubs are required to submit "list lodgements" - a current roster of their players by the end of October. This is the first of several they are required to submit to the AFL before the start of the next season. The next listing will be due after the national draft and the final list will be due after the pre-season and rookie drafts.


Brandon Ellis shoots
Brandon Ellis

Richmond wing man Brandon Ellis has joined Gold Coast as a free agent. Ellis, 26, played 176 games with the Tigers since his 2012 debut and played in the 2017 and 2019 premierships. Ellis said he was excited at the prospect of playing with the Suns and believes his premiership experience will add to the playing group. Ellis rejoins former teammates Corey Ellis and Anthony Miles at the Suns and is also friends with Alex Sexton. Richmond will receive a second round draft selection as compensation for the loss of Ellis, but are disappointed at not receiving a first round selection.


Adelaide midfielder Cam Ellis-Yolmen signed a three year deal with Brisbane as an unrestricted free agent. Adelaide will receive a third round draft deletion as compensation. Elis-Yolmen, 27, played 39 games in eight seasons with the Crows. He played just 10 games in 2019 with a stress reaction in his right leg curtailing his season. He joins former Adelaide teammates Charlie Cameron and Jarryd Lyons as well as football manager David Noble, who previously worked at Adelaide. The Crows will receive a Round Two compensation selection.


Melbourne signed unrestricted free agent Adam Tomlinson. Tomlinson, 26, was a member of the Giants' inaugural team and played 140 games in his eight seasons at GWS. Tomlinson has the versatility to play forward, back or midfield. The Giants will receive a late second round draft selection as compensation.


Tim Kelly
Tim Kelly

Geelong midfielder Tim Kelly finally got his wish to return home to West Australia with West Coast his preferred destination. Kelly had requested a trade at the end of 2018 but no suitable deal was forthcoming so he stayed. It was more than homesickness which was the driving force behind Kelly's desire. He has two autistic children and wanted to be closer to family in the west. The Cats approached the AFL for assistance to no avail. They also flew several family members from WA to help Kelly and his family. A complicated three-way deal ensued: the Cats traded Kelly, their Round Three selection and a future Round Three selection to the the Eagles for West Coast's Round One selection, both Round Two selections and their future Round One selection. The Eagles then traded their Round Three selection (on-traded from Geelong) to Essendon for the Bombers' Round Three selection. Geelong then traded their Round Two selection (on-traded from West Coast) to Essendon in exchange for Essendon's Round 2 selection. Kelly played 48 games in his two seasons with the Cats.


Brisbane signed unrestricted free agent Grant Birchall with Hawthorn receiving no compensatory draft selection. Brichall, 31, was drafted in 2005 and played 248 games for the Hawks including their four premierships.


Brisbane traded midfielder Tom Cutler and selection 64 to Essendon for selection 72 and a future Round Three selection. Cutler, 24, played 66 games with the Lions but managed just three games in 2019 as he struggled to break into the strong lineup. He also had injury concerns. He requested a trade and nominated Essendon as his preferred club.


GWS traded selections 12 and 18 to St Kilda for selections 6 and 59.


Melbourne traded defender Sam Frost, their Rounds Three and Four selections and their future Round Four selection to Hawthorn for the Hawks' Round Three selection and future Round Two selection. Frost, 26, was originally drafted by GWS in 2012 and played 21 games with the Giants before being traded to the Demons at the end of 2014. He played 70 games with Melbourne.


Fremantle traded midfielder Ed Langdon, their Round Two selection and future Round Four selection to Melbourne for the Demons' Rounds Two and Five selections and a future Round Two pick. Langdon, 23, was drafted in 2014 and played 68 games for the Dockers. His brother Tom plays for Collingwood.


Brisbane traded selections 46 and 91 to West Coast for selections 52 and 64.

Eddie Celebrates
Eddie Betts


During the latter part of the 2019 season, there was much speculation surrounding Eddie Betts and his desire to return to Carlton. And so it happened with the Crows sending Eddie back to the Blues in exchange for a future Round Four selection. Betts, 32, played 184 games for Carlton 2005 to 2013 and kicked 290 goals. He led Carlton's goal kicking in 2010 and 2012. He joined the Crows as a restricted free agent at the end of 2013. He played 132 games and kicked 310 goals. In his 300th game, he brought up his 600th career goal. He led Adelaide's goal kicking for four straight seasons 2014 through 2017. He sits third on Adelaide's goals list. He was made a Carlton life member in 2012. Adelaide will also pay $200,000 of Eddie's reported $600,000 salary.


Forward Josh Jenkins, another who requested a trade from Adelaide, has landed at Geelong. The Cats also received a future third round selection. Adelaide received Geelong's selection 37. Jenkins, 30, played 147 games with the Crows after crossing from Essendon where he had been rookie-listed.


GWS traded midfielder Aiden Bonar and a future Round Four selection to North Melbourne for a future Round Three selection. Bonar, 21, was drafted in 2017 and contracted through 2021, but managed just six games as he struggled to break into the sarong GWS lineup. He requested a trade for more opportunities.


James Aish marks on the line
Aish Takes Mark

Collingwood has traded James Aish, their selection 69 and a future Round Three selection to Fremantle for a future second and fourth round selection (both selections on-traded from St Kilda). There were salary cap concerns with the Magpies needing to re-sign Brodie Grundy, Jordan de Goey and Darcy Moore. Aish requested the trade. Aish, 23, was was originally drafted by Brisbane in 2013 and played 32 games before being traded to Collingwood at the end of 2015. He played 50 games with the Magpies.


Sydney traded midfielder Zak Jones and a future Round Four selection to St Kilda for selection 32 and a future Round Three selection. Jones, 24, is the younger brother of Melbourne's Nathan Jones and requested a trade home to Victoria. Jones played 90 games for the Swans in his six seasons there.


The Saints also acquired Tiger forward Dan Butler in exchange for selection 56. Butler, 23, was drafted in 2014 and played 45 games with Richmond, including the 2017 premiership. He also played in the VFL's 2019 premiership. He struggled to break into the side for most of 2019, playing just seven games for the year.


Adelaide traded defender Alex Keath and a future Round Three selection to the Western Bulldogs in exchange for the Bulldogs' selection 45 and a future Round Two selection. Keath, 27, was drafted as a Category B rookie in 2017 after crossing from basketball. He played 30 games with the Crows.


St Kilda traded Josh Bruce to the Western Bulldogs in exchange for selections 32 and 51. Bruce, 27, signed a four year deal with the Bulldogs. Bruce was originally drafted by GWS in 2011 and played 11 games for the Giants before being traded to the Saints at the end of 2013. He played 102 games with the Saints.


Jack Steven gets the ball out of the contest
Jack Steven Clears

Jack Steven, 29, requested a trade from St Kilda back home to Geelong for family reasons. The Cats gave St Kilda selection 58. Steven debuted in 2009 and played 183 games with the Saints but missed much of 2019 due to health and well being issues. He won the Saints' best and fairest award in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018.


Fremantle traded Bradley Hill and a future Round Three selection to St Kilda for Blake Acres, pick 10 (on-traded from Port Adelaide), pick 58 and future Round Two and Round Four selections. Hill, 26, was originally drafted by Hawthorn and played 95 games with the Hawks, including the 2013, 2014 and 2015 premierships. He was traded to the Dockers at the end 2016 and played 54 games for Fremantle. He was a Rising Star nominee in 2013 and won Fremantle's best and fairest award in 2017.


Hawthorn traded ruckman Mark Pittonet and selection 61 to Carlton for selections 54 and 63 - selections they had acquired from Sydney. Pittonet, 23, spent most of the season in the VFL where he had a standout season. He managed only two senior games with the Hawks in 2019. Drafted in 2014, he has only managed a total of seven games due to the presence of fellow ruckmen Jon Ceglar and Ben McEvoy. Pittonet had requested a trade for more opportunities.


Carlton traded ruckman Andrew Phillips and selections 61 and 72 to Essendon for selections 57 and 70. Phillips, 28, was originally drafted by GWS and was traded to Carlton at the end of 2015 but he has managed just 27 games.


Melbourne traded their selections 26, 50 and future Round One selection to North Melbourne for North's selection 8.

Taylor Runs
Lewis Taylor


Brisbane traded Lewis Taylor to Sydney for selection 48. Taylor was drafted in 2013. He played 22 games that seasons and won the Rising Star award. He played a total of 112 games for the Lions, but managed just five in 2019.


Adelaide midfielder Hugh Greenwood requested to be traded to Gold Coast. Greenwood, 27, was a former basketball player who joined Adelaide as a Category B rookie in 2015 as a mature age recruit. Gold Coast offered him a longer deal than Adelaide. He played 51 games with the Crows. Gold Coast gave Adelaide their 2020 Round Three and Round Four selections.


Port Adelaide traded Paddy Ryder and Dougal Howard to St Kilda for selection 18. Port also gave the Saints selections 10, 11 and 12 as part of the deal. Port also received a future Round Three selection. He played 45 games for Port. Howard had requested a trade to the Saints and can play defense and forward, with occasional stints in the ruck. Ryder, 31, played 170 games with Essendon before requesting a trade out of the club at the end of 2014 due to the Bombers' supplements scandal. He played 73 games with Port.


Adelaide ruckman Sam Jacobs has been traded to GWS in exchange for a future Round Four selection. Jacobs was originally drafted by Carlton and played 17 games in 2009 and 2010. He played 184 games with the Crows.


Adelaide traded ruckman Billy Frampton to Port Adelaide for a future Round Four selection. Frampton, 22, was drafted in 2014 but did not debut until 2018. He played just three games with the Crows. He requested a trade for better playing opportunities.


Collingwood traded their third and fourth round selections to Sydney for ruckman / forward Darcy Cameron, Sydney also received Collingwood's selection 56. Cameron was drafted in 2018 but his only senior game was in 2019.


GWS traded former number one draft pick Jonathon Patton to Hawthorn in exchange for a future Round Four selection. Patton, 26, was drafted in 2011 and played 89 games and kicked 130 goals. He was a Rising Star nominee in 2014 and led the club's goal kicking in 2017. He missed most of 2018 and all of 2019 due to a knee injury.


AFL West Coast v St Kilda, 2018 Optus Stadium.
Callum Ah Chee

Gold.Coast traded Callum Ah Chee to Brisbane in exchange for future Round Two and Round Four selections. Ah Chee was drafted in 2015 and played 45 games. He requested a trade.


Carlton failed in their bid to get Jack Martin from Gold Coast and Tom Papley from Sydney. Both players requested trades back to Victoria for family reasons. The Papley deal hinged on Sydney trading for Essendon forward Joe Daniher, but Essendon wanted more than what Sydney was willing to offer. Papley is contracted to Sydney through 2020. However, Martin is a free agent so Carlton still has a chance through the draft or preseason draft.

Sources: Club Media Releases - Stacey Oates (Geelong), Thomas Beverley (Gold Coast), Loukas Founten (Port Adelaide), Kirralee Thomas (Adelaide), Josie Fielding (Brisbane), Will Botoulas (Carlton), Niick Duxson (Western Bulldogs), Mark Addinall (Adelaide), Will Botoulas (Carlton), Clare White (St Kilda), Rosie Duffy (Fremantle), Meagan Lechucki (Collingwood), Meagan Croucher (Hawthorn), Michele Clyne, AFL Media Release,,, AFL Record Season Guide

Article last changed on Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 12:31 PM EDT

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