The AFL is set to close the academy draft loophole which Sydney exploited to "park" picks, in a move that is likely to affect the Giants this year.
"The AFL is set to close the academy draft loophole which Sydney exploited to "park" picks at other clubs, in a move that is likely to have ramifications for Greater Western Sydney this year.
The Swans created a stir last year when they manipulated the league's points bidding system to acquire academy graduate Nick Blakey at No.10 for picks 34, 39 and 40 – a price which was widely accepted as a bargain."
Well that sounds all well and good but just as the AFL close one loophole clever clubs ind the next one.
I can see the AFL closing these live draft night pick swaps as soon as a academy or father son bid is made but I can also see smart clubs simply assessing the risk v rewards and trading picks in the trade period prior to the draft instead.
This would be a tad more risky as the club is guessing if and when a bid will come in the draft. But some calls will be easier to make than others.
Look at GWS and Greene. Looks like he will be a top 5 pick and the Essendon pick GWS hold will be used. Therefore expect GWS to trade that pick for future picks and later picks this year during trade week. If that pick is say pick 9 they trade that for a future 1st plus a 2019 2nd rounder during the trade period prior to draft night. Once the Greene academy selection is sorted what would stop them live trading picks to land another 1st rounder this draft?