Freo Finally Pull Off Monster Deal Over Jesse Hogan
Some monster last-minute AFL trade deals were finally hashed-out on Wednesday night at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium.
After losing Doig medallist Lachie Neale to Brisbane, the Fremantle Dockers, finally, snared Jesse Hogan with a three-year contract.
Fremantle traded Neale and draft pick No.30 to Brisbane in exchange for picks No.6, No.19 and No.55.
The Dockers then on-traded some of their freshly-acquired selections to recruit Hogan and Greater Western Sydney’s Rory Lobb and Essendon’s Travis Colyer.
"It was a tough negotiation, that's for sure," Fremantle football chief Peter Bell said.
"It was an incredibly complicated deal ... a few things changed over the weekend, we re-engaged and the end result is the deal happened."
Not everyone left happy, however, with West Coast failing in their bid to prise Tim Kelly out of Geelong.
Fremantle offloaded picks No.6 and No.23 in exchange for Hogan and pick No.65, while they parted with picks No.11 and No.19 in exchange for Lobb, picks No.14, No.43 and No.47.
WINNERS AND LOSERS
* Hawthorn: Their first call at the draft is at 53 but Alastair Clarkson doesn't care too much for the draft of late. They beat the Western Bulldogs to lure two-time All Australian Chad Wingard from Port Adelaide then landed former No.1 pick Tom Scully for a bag of chips in one of the bigger trade steals in recent history. Jack Scrimshaw was a former No.7 pick.
* Port Adelaide: Lost Chad Wingard and Jared Polec but improved their draft position markedly. Perhaps most importantly got in front of Adelaide in the top-10 to have first crack at the homegrown talent on offer although draft picks can still be traded. Scott Lycett adds plenty to their ruck stocks and Ryan Burton could be anything.
* North Melbourne: The Roos didn't land the big fish in Andrew Gaff but their round one team in 2019 will be much better with Jared Polec, Aaron Hall, Jasper Pittard and Dom Tyson in it.
* Fremantle: Lachie Neale wanting to leave was clearly not ideal but the Dockers made lemonade from those lemons. Reece Conca and Travis Colyer can help out in the midfield in Neale's absence but the real plus is up forward where Jesse Hogan and Rory Lobb can be the marking targets Fremantle have been crying out for.
* GWS: The Giants didn't like the term but their salary cap issues caused a fire sale of stars. They lost Dylan Shiel (Essendon), Tom Scully (Hawthorn), Will Setterfield (Carlton) and Rory Lobb (Fremantle). Perhaps most galling was that they let former marquee signing Scully go for next to nothing.
* Gold Coast: Who loses not one but two club captains in one fell swoop? The Suns not only lost their leaders but their bookends in key forward Tom Lynch (Richmond) and full-back Steven May (Melbourne). Burn it down and start again stuff.
* Sydney: Jackson Thurlow (Geelong) and Ryan Clarke (North Melbourne) won't set pulses racing in the Harbour City after the Swans waved goodbye to long-term servants Dan Hannebery and Gary Rohan.
* Western Bulldogs: Sam Lloyd and Taylor Duryea will be handy pick-ups at best, and with premiership players Jordan Roughead (Collingwood) and Luke Dahlhaus (Geelong) and full-back Marcus Adams (Brisbane) departing it's hard not to judge the Dogs' trade period as a net loss. Missing out on Chad Wingard hurt.
- with AAP