- Jul 2, 2013
- AFL Club
Last year, the news was that Geelong were asking for the equivalent (using the AFL points-draft-value system) of a #4 pick (EDIT: recalculated points) for Tim Kelly (still contracted), who was about 24 at the time.In his book, Pav talked about how he rang the Freo list manager and asked to be traded. The manager replied with a flat no. And that was that.
There are also examples of Sydney players wanting to leave but being held to their contract. And then extending their
One thing we do know that Hill has played his best footy for Freo. He must enjoy it here. If no trade is organised this year, he will probably still enjoy playing here, before asking to be traded again next year to return to Victoria to be with his partner.
Losing both our wings will definitely hurt Fremantle. It would be far better for the development of the team if one of them remained. Brad Hill helped Freo win games. Holding on to him is not a bad option for Freo, and is not a terrible one for Hill. Unlike the McCarthy situation, this is less about the players mental health than it is about someone else’s.
Having said that, Fremantle should be open to Hill’s wish to return. If St. Kilda are prepared to offer a huge salary to tempt him above more obvious suitors, then they should also be prepared to offer a much more than fair trade for him. I will be disappointed if we get just a pick 5 for him, because I think that’s fair. And fair isn’t good enough.
I will be disgusted if we accept a pick in the teens for him, because that trade would be heavily in St Kilda’s favour.
If Bell publicly states that Hill is contracted and that there will be no negotiations with any other team, I would be just as disgusted. Talk, and if a good enough deal presents itself, accept it.
We traded Neale (still contracted), who was 25 at the time, for the equivalent of #3 pick.
We traded in Hogan (still contracted), who was 23 at the time for the equivalent of #2 pick.
I would suggest talk of #5 or 6 pick for BHill (still contracted), who will be about 26, in the context of the above examples, would be more than fair. Would I like more? Do I think BHill is worth more to us than a #5 pick? Yes, but I'm just trying to be realistic in today's age and market.
And times have changed. Whether you/I like it or not. BHill has officially requested a trade (like Neale). Pav did not. Pav's example is an era long past when player welfare was rarely (if ever) a topic of concern and player movements were not as common.
I'm curious as to the details of these Sydney players who officially requested trades.
Can anybody actually give me an example of a player officially requesting a trade and it not being done in recent years ... apart from Cam McCarthy ( who is a strong argument for why you should just get the deal done).