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AFL Draft LIVE: Power spring shock trade move to outmanoeuvre rival club

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The AFL Draft is underway, but the wheeling and dealing has been going on for weeks.

A number of clubs are ready to blow up the order, spending future picks to gain young guns.

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8:20PM – POWER TRADE UP THE ORDER

Port Adelaide has traded up the draft order, turning Pick 14 into Pick 12 to secure rebound defender Joshua Sinn.

The Power traded Pick 14 and their 2022 second-round pick to the Eagles in order to move up the order and take Sinn.

Essendon was tipped to show interest in Sinn, but the Power’s move saw them leapfrog the Bombers, who held Pick 13.

Essendon took midfielder Benjamin Hobbs after the Power picked up Sinn.

7:50PM – FATHER-SON DOMINOES FALL

Sam Darcy and Nick Daicos have joined the Western Bulldogs and Collingwood respectively.

The Giants bid on Darcy with Pick 2, which the Dogs matched, while the Suns bid on Daicos with Pick 4 before the Pies matched.

7:20PM – ROOS ANNOIT HORNE-FRANCIS AS FIRST EVER PICK 1

North Melbourne has followed through on expectations, selecting Jason Horne-Francis with Pick No.1.

The Roos oped against bidding on father-son prospects Nick Daicos and Sam Darcy.

A trade curveball came before the first pick was even made, with the Dogs trading picks 32, 53 and a future third-round selection to North Melbourne in exchange for picks 42, 47 and a future third-round selection.

7:00PM – GIANTS HATCHING BOLD TRADE BID

Ben Waterworth reports…

The Giants are attempting to find a last-minute suitor to strike a trade that would see them move up the draft order and secure a top-10 talent.

Foxfooty.com.au understands the Giants have reached out to rival clubs, including Fremantle, about trading up the order, with their own future first-rounder potentially up for grabs.

It’s understood the Giants have strong interest in gun key defender Josh Gibcus and are searching for a club that can help it grab an earlier pick ahead of other teams with top-10 picks.

Gibcus has been heavily linked to Richmond’s first selection after the Tigers put late work into the GWV Rebels defender, while the Saints also have interest in him.

The Giants are expected to bid on Bulldogs father-son Sam Darcy at Pick 2 then take gun Sandringham midfielder Finn Callaghan at Pick 3. They’re also expected to match a bid on top academy prospect Josh Fahey during the second round of the draft.

5:30PM – ROOS, BLUES COP COVID CURVEBALL

Tom Morris reports…

Carlton CEO Brian Cook has tested positive for Covid-19, while neither North Melbourne senior coach David Noble or new Carlton coach Michael Voss will be at Marvel Stadium for the National Draft on Wednesday night.

Foxfooty.com.au understands Noble was a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case and is isolating while he awaits the result of a test conducted earlier on Wednesday afternoon.

Newly appointed general manager of football performance Daniel McPherson is in the same boat and will be at home on Wednesday night for the first round of the draft.

The Blues confirmed on Wednesday evening Cook, 66, had tested positive, with all players, administration staff and select football staff told to get tested and self-isolate.

“My main concern is the health and safety of our people, I sincerely appreciate all of them getting tested this afternoon at short notice,” Cook said.

“I am feeling okay, thankfully – which is further evidence of why it is so important for people to be vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is not only our way of getting back to our normal lives but is how each of us can play our part and return the favour to help the incredible health and medical professionals who have worked so tirelessly for all of us since the pandemic began.

“As we have seen across the competition this situation is simply now a reality and further emphasises why we have such clear protocols in place by the AFL to ensure our competition can continue to operate.

“Thank you to everyone who has already sent through their well-wishes, I will now isolate at home and once fully recovered, look forward to getting back to work.”

Blues coach Voss and head of football Brad Lloyd are also close contacts. Carlton does not have a first-round pick, having traded it for Adam Cerra, and not selecting until 25.

The Kangaroos list management team is unaffected and will be at Marvel Stadium.

If Noble returns a negative test, he will be free to re-join his colleagues on Thursday night for the rest of the National Draft.

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5:05PM – CLUBS READY TO ‘GO BIG’ AND TRADE OUT FUTURE FIRSTS

A big night of live trading is on the cards, with multiple clubs considering trading away next year’s first-round picks to move into the first round this year.

Port Adelaide and West Coast are the two sides most interested in making a move, according to AFL Media’s Callum Twomey. Both sides own their future firsts.

Foxfooty.com.au understands the Giants’ second first-round pick, currently No.13, is the most gettable as they eye a number of role players who could be available further down the order.

Twomey reported Richmond’s pick (15) and Fremantle’s first pick of the second round (19) are also viewed as gettable.

The Dockers’ pick, obtained from Gold Coast in the unusual Will Brodie deal, won’t be used until Thursday night giving clubs an extra 24 hours to make inquiries.

2:00PM — PIES HAVE ‘APPETITE TO TRADE’

Collingwood has already been one of the busiest clubs on the trade front this off-season, making several moves to accumulate the necessary draft points to match an early bid on father-son prodigy Nick Daicos.

And they mightn’t be done yet.

Collingwood recruiting manager Derek Hine has revealed the club is open to making more moves if a bid doesn’t come for Daicos until Pick 4.

“We’ve got an appetite to trade… there is a little bit of interest in our first pick which is 36, so there’s those options open to us,” he said on AFL Media’s Draft Night Countdown.

“We’ve clearly got enough points to cover off on all scenarios, it’s just a matter of us potentially waiting so we can trade on the clock or maybe even prior to the second round tomorrow.”

Pies recruiting boss Derek Hine (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos)Source: Fox Sports

The Magpies traded their first-round pick to the Giants last year — now the No. 2 selection — given it would’ve been absorbed in a Daicos bid.

And after all their other deals the club is now left with selections 36, 38, 40, 46, 48, 58.

But Hine said it was possible the club could yet look to move up the draft order and gain an earlier pick.

“We’re not ruling anything in or out,” he said. “If we we did trade back, another third-rounder may come in and we can use that to get back in if there was a player who caught our fancy.

“It’s just trying to be flexible and confident in the work you’ve done.”

10.15AM — THREE-WAY TRADE TO HELP DOGS LAND DARCY?

Sam Darcy is almost certain to join the Western Bulldogs at Pick 2 tonight.

AFL Media reported the Giants have told the Dogs they plan to bid on Darcy with their opening draft pick.

The Bulldogs are well placed to match the Giants’ bid, but are set to receive some assistance from Geelong – and, in turn, North Melbourne – via a live trade to add more draft points and secure Darcy.

Once the Giants bid on Darcy, the Cats are set to acquire Pick 23 from the Bulldogs, who’ll receive a combination of Geelong’s mid second-round selections – it currently holds Picks 30, 32 and 34 – to help match the Darcy bid, as well as some future picks in return. Just two of those selections in the 30s will be worth more draft points than Pick 23 alone.

Bulldogs father-son prospect Sam Darcy (Photo by Michael Klein.Source: News Corp Australia

AFL Media reported the Kangaroos were also likely to get involved and improve their draft hand by acquiring a selection in the 30s.

If the three-way trade comes to fruition and is completed, the Dogs can officially match the bid and select Darcy – an exciting key-position utility at 204cm – at Pick 2.

Rival clubs have been aware of the Dogs’ willingness to offload Pick 23 for weeks, with Sydney, Collingwood and Essendon all having interest in the selection along with the Cats.

Despite missing out on Darcy, the Giants will hold their spot in the order and select at Pick 3, where it’s widely expected they won’t bid on star Collingwood father-son prospect Nick Daicos and select Sandringham Dragons gun Finn Callaghan, leaving the Suns to bid on Daicos at Pick 4.

10.15AM — TIGERS TIPPED TO TRIGGER SHAKE UP

Richmond has one of the best hands of any club, holding selections 7, 15, 26, 27, 28 and 79.

And its been tipped to use some of those assets to make a potential draft night shake up.

According to AFL Media draft expert Cal Twomey, the Tigers could bundle some of their picks to move up the order.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if if they try to do something with one of their picks in the 20s,” he told 3AW’s Sportsday.

“Potentially package it with Pick 15 and try and move up the board a little bit because there is live trading to happen.

“That would be an opportunity for them to really make some ground on the top 12 or 13 selections.”

Could Richmond be set to shake up the draft? (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

What Richmond does with its Pick 7 — which will slide back to Pick 9 after father-son bids — will be an interesting watch.

There’s been some suggestion that the Tigers could look to plug holes in their line-up, but Twomey believes they’ll go for the best long-term prospects.

“I still think that they could be weighing up midfielder Ben Hobbs early on versus key defender Josh Gibcus,” Twomey added.

“That’s a tight call because they’ve lost some talls right at the top in terms of Cal Coleman-Jones, Mabior Chol and David Astbury, all in one hit over the off-season That would have come as a surprise to lose all three of them in one go.

“So do they take the tall or do they go for the midfield replacement who down the track might be the next Trent Cotchin or Dion Prestia?”

8AM — SAINTS’ POENTIAL NWM BID?

St Kilda’s recruiting team spent Tuesday in South Australia doing last-minute preparations for the draft as the club assesses possible options, reports AFL Media’s Riley Beveridge.

As Beveridge highlights, it could suggest St Kilda is considering using its first pick on SA prospect Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera.

The Saints’ first pick is at No. 9, although it’s likely to be moved a couple of spots, with selections 55, 61, 65, 66 and 81 rounding out their crop.

Wanganeen-Milera, the nephew of Essendon and Port Adelaide champion Gavin Wanganeen and the son of Terry Milera, is one of four prospects 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 pick.

8AM — POWER CONFIRM TALKS WITH EX-ROO

Port Adelaide has confirmed it’s spoken with former Kangaroo Trent Dumont regarding handing him a potential career lifeline.

The 26-year old South Australian was let go by the Kangaroos after 113 AFL games over seven seasons.

And despite the Power being linked to Dumont earlier this year, he wasn’t picked up as a delisted free agent.

Get the latest AFL draft news.Source: FOX SPORTS

Regardless, Port national recruiting manager Geoff Parker said the club could yet use a late draft pick on Dumont pending on how the board unfolds on the night.

“We follow all the South Australian boys that are in the system and obviously he’s a delisted free agent (option) as well,” Parker told reporters on Tuesday.

“We have spoken with him, (but) whether he turns out to be on our list, I don’t know. We’ve got players in this draft pool we’d really like to pick, so that’ll depend on how that all turns out.“

Other recently delisted players who could be picked up include Charlie Constable amid interest from the Gold Coast Suns and Matt Ling, a former Geelong Falcons product.


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