The AFL Trade Period officially got underway on Monday, with pen being put to paper for the first time on rumours that have bubbled under the surface for weeks.
Todd Goldstein became a Bomber through free agency on a one-year deal, while Port Adelaide winger Xavier Duursma requested a trade to Tullamarine.
The Western Bulldogs completed a swap with Gold Coast that landed them the fourth pick in the upcoming draft – the Suns acquired picks 10, 17 and a future first-rounder for pick 4, 46, 51 and a future third-rounder.
We will bring you all of the trade period action live as it comes to light.
11am – North land pick three for star defender
North Melbourne requested it and the AFL have delivered.
The Kangaroos stated they wouldn’t let defender Ben McKay go unless they received pick three as compensation.
On Tuesday the AFL confirmed the club was receiving pick three for the defender who will now join Essendon.
The decision to award the high draft pick to the club didn’t sit well with footy fans.
10:30am – Cornes calls for clubs to poach Ginnivan
Kane Cornes has called on clubs to pick up fringe Collingwood cult forward Jack Ginnivan, as the trade period continues to heat up.
The calls come as star Fremantle forward Lachie Schultz joined the production line of young Dockers that are on the search for pastures greener, reportedly requesting a trade to his native Victoria, and specifically to the newly-crowned premiers.
Ginnivan is out of contract at the end of next year, as is Schultz.
Cornes rates the young Pie, and says his best football lies elsewhere.
“There’s a lot of knockers on Ginnivan, and I understand why, but he is a small forward who kicked 40 goals in his second year,” Cornes said on AFL Trade Radio alongside Brad Johnson.
“And if you look through the list of small forwards who kicked 40 plus goals (this season), there is a small handful.
“This year, Charlie Cameron, 59, he’s the league’s best small forward I think right now, Luke Bruest kicked 47, and Jamie Elliott kicked 39.
“There’s two small forwards this year that kicked 40 plus, and you’ve got Jack Ginnivan sitting there, who’s 21 years of age, sitting there and waiting to be presented with an opportunity that is compelling.
“His best football, I don’t think is going to be played in that Collingwood side, he’s going to be a good depth player, he’s going to be in and out like he was this year, particularly with Schultz coming in, and he’s 21 years of age, and kicked 40 goals!
“Someone who needs a small forward, go and get him!”
Johnson added that Ginnivan, who has earned cult status with his bubbly personality and bagful of goals in a breakout performance on Anzac Day in 2022, was only going to improve on the early promise he’s shown.
“You can see that his game is going to evolve,” Johnson said.
“We know that there’s parts of his game that needs straightening up, but he’s 21, that’s going to happen.
“When he’s 25, we’re hopefully talking about a different Jack Ginnivan that’s a solid, strong, competitive player that’s still kicking his 40 to 50 goals every year.
“If he can do that consistently he ends up kicking a lot of goals across his career.”
Fremantle confirmed in a statement earlier this week that Schultz had requested a trade, but that he was a required player.
“Fremantle can confirm Lachie Schultz has today inquired about the possibility of returning to Victoria for family reasons,” the statement said.
“Schultz is a required player who still has a year to run on his contract.”
Ginnivan looms as the big loser if Schultz moves to the Magpies and he could find even himself on the trade table.
“I think the fallout will reflect upon Jack Ginnivan,” journalist Jon Ralph said earlier in the week on Fox Footy’s Trading Day.
“He’s a contracted player but with a list that has Bobby Hill, Beau McCreery, Jamie Elliott and then Schultz in front of him … A big decision ahead.
“A big name there (Schultz) that I think would fit perfectly.”
Former Hawthorn sharpshooter Ben Dixon said Schultz would slot in ahead of Ginnivan in the pecking order at Collingwood.
“The good teams just need to top up that little bit more to get the edge on the competition,” he said.
“Put a Schultz in that forward line, it’s pretty damaging.”