I don't think you're recalling the situation correctly. At no point did they offer us anything remotely approaching his value. Sydney offered a junk pick, and then Jessie White as steak knives when we kicked up a fuss because they knew they could just take him in the PSD. The salary cap issue...
I live in Sydney, moved here for work 14 years ago. With the extended hard borders up, I have seen my family in SA for a total of 3 days in 2 years and my brother and his wife are having their first child in December, who I probably won't be there to meet.
I think if you said to a lot of...
No, they were not happy to let him go and they tried to get him to stay. They were even less happy with us using the PSD, which did happen despite everyone saying it wouldn't because 'that's just not how it works'.
I think Pick 2 in the PSD is about fair value for Dawson. Primarily because that is all I feel like paying Sydney for him based solely on the fact they tried to campaigner us with Tippett and have had a red hot go at poaching everyone's key forwards for the last 10 years.
Also, if CCJ goes to North...
Nah fu** it, no need to pretend anymore, we can all admit it would have been the end of the world, absolute Thanos-snap scope of an event, if he had chosen Port.
Legit no way back if we started losing out to the mob down the road on players who grew up supporting us.
He started a hugely successful agency after he retired and would be earning more now than he ever would have if he made it as an AFL player.
Unrelated, but I still can't stand David Gallagher, even to this day.