The AFL trade period commenced at the beginning of October and ended on October 13. Just ahead of its start, George Hewett left the Swans and signed with Carlton as a free agent. Originally from South Australia, Hewett was drafted by Sydney in 2013 and played 120 games. The tough midfielder can win the ball and putting plenty of tackling pressure on the opposition. As compensation, Sydney received an end-of-second-round draft selection.
Collingwood has signed Nick Daicos on a four-year deal as a father-son selection. The Magpies had already indicated they would match any bid from rival clubs to secure Daicos. Gold Coast was interested in him but struck a deal with the Pies. Collingwood traded their 2022 second, third and fourth-round selections to the Suns in exchange for picks 22, 46, 58 and 79 in this year’s Draft as well as a future fourth-round pick for next year. This gives Collingwood the draft points needed to secure Daicos.
Richmond's Mabior Choi signed with Gold Coast as an unrestricted free agent. In exchange, the Tigers received an end-of-second-round draft selection as compensation. Choi was drafted by the Tigers in 2016 and played 31 games. He was not selected for the 2019 Grand Final team which defeated GWS but did play in the VFL premiership side that year.
Melbourne signed St Kilda midfielder Luke Dunstan as an unrestricted free agent. Dunstan, 26, has played 116 games and kicked 46 goals across eight seasons. Melbourne was also involved in a four club swap with the Western Bulldogs, St Kilda and Adelaide with several selections changing hands. The Dees traded selection 45 to the Bulldogs for selection 17. St KIlda gave Melbourne selection 49. Adelaide traded selection 37 to Melbourne in exchange for selection 33 and a future first round pick. Adelaide gave picks 23 and 44 to the Bulldogs for selection 75.
Defender Jake Kelly, who was considering offers from Essendon and North Melbourne, has joined Essendon as an unrestricted free agent on a three-year deal. The Crows received a third round selection as compensation. Kelly, 26, was drafted by Adelaide in 2014 and played 110 games.
Geelong forward Nathan Kreuger, who played just two games with the Cats, was traded to Collingwood. In exchange, the Cats received draft selections 41 and 55. Collingwood had their eye on Kreuger last year, but he was still contracted to Geelong. Three years ago, Geelong exchanged a draft selection for Kreuger, with that selection going to Carlton.
Collingwood traded their future round two, three and four selections to Gold Coast in exchange for this year's selections 22, 46, 58, 79 and a future round four pick.
Port Adelaide traded their future third-round pick to GWS in exchange for forward Jeremy Finlayson. Finlayson played 66 matches in five seasons at GWS. Jeremy Finlayson’s departure means GWS’s entire 2014 draft crop has left the club: Jarrod Pickett, Caleb Marchbank, Paul Ahern, Patrick McKenna, Jeremy Finlayson and Jack Steele.
The Adelaide Crows traded their round two selection to Melbourne for a round two selection and a future round one selection. The Crows also traded their round four selections and a future round four selection to St Kilda. The Crows did another swap with the Bulldogs sending their round two and round three selections to the Bulldogs in exchange for a round four selection.
Collingwood traded their round two selection to Fremantle for their round two selection and a future round three pick.
Fremantle traded a future round two and round four selection to Gold Coast for Will Brodie, a round two selection and two round four selections. Brodie was drafted in 2016 and played 21 games for the Suns.
Toward the end the season, Docker midfielder Adam Cerra told the club he wanted to be traded back home to Victoria with Carlton his preferred destination. In exchange, the Dockers received selection six and a future round three selection. Cerra, 22, played 76 games for the Dockers since being drafted in 2017. A smooth mover, Cerra is one of the most promising young midfielders in the competition and will bolster the Carlton midfield.
In a three-way trade, the Western Bulldogs traded Lewis Young to Carlton. The Bulldogs obtained selection 52, adding to the extra picks obtained in a separate four-way deal with St Kilda, Melbourne, and Adelaide. As part of the arrangement, Carlton traded Sam Petrevski-Seton to West Coast in exchange for pick 52, which was then on-traded to the Dogs to facilitate the trade for Young. Petrovski-Seton had told Carlton he wanted to return home to West Australia. Petrevski-Seton played 94 games for Carlton after being drafted in 2016 but fell out of favor in 2021 and played just 11 games for the year. Young. also drafted in 2016, played 24 games for the Bulldogs.
North Melbourne traded veteran defender Robbie Tarrant, this year's selection 40 and a future round two selection to Richmond in exchange for Callum Coleman-Jones, selections 42 and 47 and a future round four pick. Callum Coleman-Jones requested a trade, nominating the Kangaroos after just nine games for the Tigers in four seasons. The Kangaroos see him as the successor to Todd Goldstein, 33, as their main ruckman. Coleman-Jones, 22, will take up a four-year deal with the Roos as a ruckman and forward. Tarrant, 32, knocked back a two year offer from the Kangaroos and took a two-year deal with the Tigers. He played 174 games across 14 seasons with North Melbourne.
Hawk Tim O'Brien has joined the Western Bulldogs as a free agent. O'Brien, 27, could fill the void left by the departure of Lewis Young to Carlton. O'Brien was drafted by the Hawks in 2017 as a key forward but spent much of 2021 in defense where his intercept marks (catch of the ball) was a feature. He kicked 73 goals with the Hawks. Port Adelaide was among several other clubs to show an interest in O'Brien before he agreed to sign with the Dogs.
Western Bulldogs midfielder Patrick Lipsinki was offered a three-year contract extension but he turned it down and requested a trade, nominating Collingwood as his preferred club. Lipinski, 23, was drafted in 2016. He played 19 games in 2019 but his games tally fell away to just 22 matches in the past two seasons with the addition of Adam Treloar and the emergence of young gun Bailey Smith. He played a total of 56 games in his five seasons with the Bulldogs. The Dogs brokered the deal with the Magpies, with Collingwood giving up their selection 43 to obtain Lipinski.
Geelong's Jordan Dawson, after 64 games with the Cats decided he wanted to return home to South Australia. He had spoken with both Port and the Crows as negotiations dragged on during the trade period. A deal was finally done with Adelaide trading a future round one selection for Dawson. Dawson, 24, had his best season with the Cats in 2021, finishing third in the club's best and fairest voting.
Collingwood ruckman Max Lynch advised the club he wanted to be traded with Hawthorn his desired club. His management advised the club just two days before the trade period deadline. Lynch, 23, was drafted in 2017 but has played just three senior games due to the dominance of Brodie Grundy. He wanted to go to a club where he could be the first-choice ruck and got his wish with the Pies getting a third round selection and a future round three selection. The Hawks also received a third round selection and a future round four pick.
Hawk Jon Ceglar, despite being contracted for another year, was told through his management he might benefit from exploring options at another club. Ceglar played 101 games for Hawthorn since 2012. He was traded to Geelong along with a future round four selection while the Hawks got a future third round selection. It is believed the Hawks will pay up to $200,000 of Ceglar's 2022 salary.
Geelong traded ruckman Darcy Fort and pick 41 to Brisbane in exchange for pick 50 and a future round three selection. Fort was drafted in 2017 but managed just eight games for the Cats.
Peter Ladhams was told by Port Adelaide to explore his options elsewhere. The young ruckman spoke to both Hawthorn and Sydney and requested a trade to the Swans. The Hawks did not want to give up a first round selection for Ladhams and Sydney, who showed interest last year completed the deal. They gave Port selection 12 and a future round three pick in exchange for Ladhams and selection 16. Ladhams was looking for more time in the ruck rather than as a forward which is where Port positioned him for the past season. Sydney will also pick up the final year of Ladhams' back-ended contract, understood to be worth around $400,000. Ladhams, 23, played 32 games in five seasons with Port.
Geelong midfielder Jordan Clark told the club he wanted to be traded back home to West Australia and got his wish with the club completing a deal with Fremantle. The Dockers also received a future round four selection and also gave up selection 22 for Clark. Clark, 20, was drafted in 2018 but was unable to cement a spot in the strong Geelong midfield. He played 32 games for the Cats but the speedster was looking for more game time. He played just four games in 2021, mostly as the medical substitute.
There were several deals which did not happen: GWS small forward Bobby Hill, North ruckman Tristan Xerri and Fremantle ruckman/forward Rory Lobb.
Hill requested a trade back to Victoria for family reasons and nominated Essendon as his club of choice. He still has a year left on his contract, but any move was quashed when it became clear the Giants would not be able to replace him with another small forward. Part of the deal hinged on Hawks Luke Bruest or Chad Wingard joining GWS. Neither player was interested in a move north. Essendon offered a future second round selection, but GWS refused.
Xerri, 22, has been playing second fiddle to Todd Goldstein since being drafted in 2017. He has played just 12 games. He wanted to join the Saints but St KIlda refused the future second round draft selection North offered. They also proposed swapping future round three picks, but St Kilda walked away from the deal.
Lobb, 28, wanted to return to GWS where he played 74 games 2014-2018 before being traded to the Dockers. Although he was willing to accept a pay cut, GWS was unable to make a deal work.
The Eagles have delisted small forward Jarrod Cameron despite a year left on his contract. Cameron, 21, was drafted in 2018 and played 12 games, kicking 13 goals. He is the younger brother of Brisbane's Charlie. His 2020 season was marred by a bout of osteitis pubis and he played only five games. A syndesmosis (foot/ankle) injury this season saw him placed on the inactive list. He did not play a senior game in 2021. He plans to stay in West Australia and play in the WAFL next season. Due to his contract status, his exit will need to be negotiated between the Eagles and his management.
The Cats have delisted Oscar Brownless, Brownless, 21, is the son of former champion Billy and was selected as a father-son selection in 2018. He failed to play any senior games but did play 27 games and kicked nine goals playing in the VFL.
Delisted Crow Tyson Stengle has joined the Cats as a delisted free agent. He will be reunited with mentor Eddie Betts who has also joined the club as a development coach.
Sources: afl.com.au, theage.com.au, AFL Record Season
Article last changed on Friday, October 15, 2021 - 10:42 AM EDT