Lions and Giants in draft pick trade frenzy
AFL: The winning numbers are two, 31, 51 and 60, with the supplementaries three and 16.
No, it's not this week's lotto results, it was the head-scratching "transaction” from today's trade period action.
The Brisbane Lions gave up national draft selections two, 31, 51 and 60 to the GWS Giants, who in return delivered three and 16.
While the Lions dropped down in the pecking order, they were happy they now have four picks inside the top 21, as they also hold 19 (as a priority) and 21.
"This trade means we can still secure the young player we want with our first pick, but we get the added benefit of then having picks 16, 19 and 21 - all really early in a draft that has plenty of talent we've identified to suit our needs,” Lions list manager Peter Schwab said.
"Our aim as a club is to become relevant again and this trade is the first small step in a clearly defined strategy for the coming years that we have laid down internally to make us better.”
Schwab said the club has "about four players around that mark (pick three) who we'd consider”, with Hugh McCluggage and Andy McGrath favoured to be taken with the first two picks by Essendon and now GWS.
Schwab, though, admitted: "I've got a better idea of what GWS will do with pick two than the Bombers will do (with pick one).”
While the Giants acquired pick No.15 as a result of finishing fourth this season, they received No.7 from the trade with Collingwood last year for Adam Treloar.
They then turned that into No.3 when dealing with Fremantle for Cam McCarthy, which has now become No.2.
Their abundance of later picks can now be used to gain the services of their highly rated Academy graduates Will Setterfield and Harry Perryman.
The Lions are set to gain another first-round pick when a likely deal with Gold Coast for Pearce Hanley is finalised.
"We're happy to look at it,” Schwab said. "I'm sure something will happen in that space.”
As the Lions confirmed young defender Darcy Gardiner had re-signed with the club, Schwab said key backman Jack Frost would be a definite starter for them next season, though a deal with Collingwood was yet to be finalised.
Jaeger O'Meara's manager, Colin Young, meanwhile, said he "couldn't be more confident” his star onballer would get to Hawthorn, which yesterday lost Brad Hill to Fremantle for pick 23.
"I've got faith that a deal can be done,” Young said.
"I know that in my last conversation with Graham, a few days ago, he was going to try and fulfil (the Suns') needs, he was going to work very hard over the next few days doing it.
"We're going to touch base (Friday) afternoon ... to see what the mixture was going to be, whether that's picks and it changed tack that picks and players or players and picks, he was still confident that he could provide what they wanted.”