- May 5, 2006
- AFL Club
- West Coast
Are any of those guys even free agents? Mitchell and O'Meara aren't. The other two wouldn't trigger band 1 compo. Most likely band 3, band 2 at best.This is a perfect example why the FA compensation is wrong IMO.
Hawthorn will finish 15-18 this year - "earning" a top-5 pick.
FA Compensation for losing a FA on say a 3yr, 600k = compensation pick after club's first round pick.
Breust, Gunston, JOM, Mitchell could all conceivably generate that kind of contract offer.
Would any club trade a top-5 pick for one of them? No - even a late 1st (15-20) is pushing it.
If Hawthorn 'knew' they were going to finish bottom 4 next year, it would be in their best interest to not re-sign any of their senior players - encourage them all to explore FA at end of 22 and "generate" multiple top-10 picks.
If Hawthorn stood to significantly benefit from the rort, it might almost be enough for the AFL to change the rules.
Your lot squealed like stuck pigs about getting pick 18 for Franklin but that's the (stupid) system. Now is your opportunity to benefit from that system - if you have any free agents.