A three-way deal could help the Western Bulldogs land Sam Darcy. Richmond’s possible draft plans were also revealed.
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10.15am – THREE WAY TRADE TO HELP DOGS LAND DARCY?
Sam Darcy will almost certainly be joining the Western Bulldogs on Pick 2 tonight.
AFL Media reported that the Giants told the Dogs that they plan to bid on Darcy with their inaugural draft.
The Bulldogs are well positioned to fill the Giants’ bid, but will get some support from Geelong – and again from North Melbourne – through a live trade to add more draft points and secure Darcy.
Once the Giants have bid on Darcy, the Cats will acquire pick 23 from the Bulldogs, who will receive a combination of Geelong’s mid-round second round selections – she currently holds picks 30, 32, and 34 – to qualify for Darcy’s offer fulfill. as well as some future picks in return. Only two of these selections in the 1930s will be worth more draft points than pick 23 alone.
AFL Media reported that the kangaroos would likely get involved too and improve their draft hand by acquiring a selection in the 1930s.
When the three-way trade bears fruit and is complete, the dogs can officially vote on the bid and pick Darcy – an exciting key position utility at 6 feet – at pick 2.
Rival clubs have been aware of the Dogs’ willingness to outsource Pick 23 for weeks, with Sydney, Collingwood and Essendon all along with the Cats interested in the selection.
Despite missing out on Darcy, the Giants will keep their spot in order and pick at Pick 3, where it is widely expected they won’t bid on the star Collingwood father-son contender Nick Daicos and Sandringham Dragons Gun Finn Callaghan and pick left the Suns to bid on Daicos on pick 4.
10.15 a.m. – TIGER TAPS TO RELEASE THE BACK
Richmond has one of the best hands of any club with selections 7, 15, 26, 27, 28 and 79.
And it was recommended that some of those assets be used to shake up a potential draft night.
Corresponding AFL Media Draft expert Cal Twomey could let the Tigers pool some of their picks to increase the order.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to do something with one of their picks in their 20s,” he told 3AWs Sports day.
“Maybe package it with pick 15 and try moving the board up a bit as live trading can take place.
“That would be an opportunity for them to really bottom out in the top 12 or 13 picks.”
What Richmond does with its Pick 7 – which falls back to Pick 9 after Father-Son Commandments – is going to be an interesting watch.
There have been some suggestions that the Tigers might try to fill in gaps in their lineup, but Twomey believes they will aim for the best long-term prospects.
“I still think they could weigh midfielder Ben Hobbs against key defender Josh Gibcus early on,” added Twomey.
“This is a tight decision because they have lost some big sizes at the top of Cal Coleman-Jones, Mabior Chol and David Astbury, all in one fell swoop in the off-season that would have been a surprise to lose all three of them on once.
“So do you take the big one, or do you go for the midfield substitute who could be the next Trent Cotchin or Dion Prestia?”
8 a.m. – POENTIAL NWM COMMANDMENT OF THE SAINTS?
The St. Kilda recruiting team spent Tuesday in South Australia preparing the draft at the last minute while the club evaluates possible options, reports AFL Media Riley Beveridge.
As Beveridge points out, this could indicate that St. Kilda is considering making its first choice in the Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera prospect in South Africa.
The Saints’ first pick ranks in 9th place, although it will likely move a couple of spots off with selections 55, 61, 65, 66, and 81 rounding off their crop.
Wanganeen-Milera, the nephew of Essendon and Port Adelaide champion Gavin Wanganeen and the son of Terry Milera, is one of four candidates St. Kilda is likely to choose from, with Josh Gibcus, Josh Sinn and Matt Johnson also in the Mix, depending on which players are taken before their choice.
8AM – POWER SUPPLY TALKS WITH EX-ROO
Port Adelaide has confirmed it has spoken to ex-kangaroo Trent Dumont about giving him a potential career lifeline.
The 26-year-old South Australian was sacked by the Kangaroos after 113 AFL games in seven seasons.
And although power was tied to Dumont earlier this year, he was not listed as a delisted free agent.
Separately, Port recruiting manager Geoff Parker said the club could still use a late draft pick for Dumont until the board develops that night.
“We are tracking all the South Australian guys who are in the system, and apparently he is also a delisted free agent (option),” Parker told reporters on Tuesday.
“We talked to him, (but) I don’t know if he’s on our list. We have players in this draft pool that we’d really like to pick, so it depends on how things play out. “
Other recently de-listed players who might be picked up include Charlie Constable due to interest from the Gold Coast Suns and Matt Ling, a former Geelong Falcons product.