AFLW Sign and Trade Period for the 2021 AFLW season, August 3rd-21st (all list management details up in here)

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During this period, Clubs will be permitted to sign up to 27 players, including rookie players. Rookie players in the AFL Women’s Competition are those that have not been listed with any Australian football team for the past three years.

Key dates for the 2020 AFLW Sign and Trade Period:

Monday August 3

AFLW Sign & Trade Period commences (12pm)

Wednesday August 12
Trade period closes (2pm)
AFLW List Lodgement # 1 (4pm)

Monday August 17
Re-signing and Restricted Free Agent period closes (2pm)
AFLW List Lodgement # 2 (4pm)

Friday August 21
Delisted Free Agent period closes (2pm)
AFLW List Lodgement # 3 (4pm)
AFLW Draft order confirmed

Please note, the order for the NAB AFL Women’s Draft will be confirmed prior to the commencement of this period.
List changes below. There are quite a lot of safe assumptions that could be made about who does or doesn't already have a contract for next season, but I've only included explicitly stated cases.

If there's any info or news that can be added to complete the lists, please reply with a relevant link and I'll update the OP as we go.

ADELAIDE
Signed: Chelsea Randall, Ebony Marinoff, Anne Hatchard, Deni Varnhagen, Eloise Jones, Chloe Scheer, Marijana Rajcic, Angela Foley, Hannah Martin
Out of contract: Erin Phillps, Danielle Ponter, Justine Mules, Montana McKinnon, Najwa Allen, Nicole Campbell, Jami Tabb, Caitlin Gould, Madison Newman, Chelsea Biddell, Rachelle Martin, Ailish Considine, Matthew Clarke (coach)
Retired/delisted: Jess Foley, Courtney Cramey, Sophie Li, Courtney Gum, Ruth Wallace
Unknown: Everybody else

BRISBANE
Signed: Emily Bates, Jess Wuetschner, Emma Zielke, Breanna Koenen, Jesse Wardlaw, Sophie Conway (dubious, article from April 2019 confusingly says she re-signed "until 2020" but also "for another two seasons")
Out of contract: Lily Postlethwaite, Isabel Dawes, Cathy Svarc, Hannah Hillman, Lucy Bellinger, Tahlia Hickie, Selina Priest, Dakota Davidson, Maria Moloney, Orla O’Dwyer, Greta Bodey, Brianna McFarlane, Craig Starcevich (coach)
Unknown: Everybody else

CARLTON
Signed: Gabriella Pound, Darcy Vescio, Kerryn Harrington, Nicola Stevens, Tayla Harris, Georgia Gee, Madison Prespakis, Jess Hosking, Abbie McKay
Unknown: Daniel Harford (coach)
Delisted: Joanne Doonan, Katie Harrison, Sharnie Whiting, Emerson Woods
Out of contract: Everybody else

COLLINGWOOD
Signed: Chloe Molloy, Brit Bonnici, Steph Chiocci, Ruby Schleicher, Ash Brazill, Maddie Shevlin, Jordyn Allen, Abbey Green, Aliesha Newman, Steve Symonds (coach) [couldn't find a non-subscription article to confirm this]
Out of contract: Sophie Casey, Aishling Sheridan, Kaila Bentvelzen, Jordan Membrey, Alana Porter, Ebony O’Dea, Sharni Layton, Sarah Rowe
Delisted/retired: Emma Grant, Eliza Hynes, Georgia Gourlay, Machaelia Roberts
Unknown: Everybody else

FREMANTLE
Signed: Gemma Houghton, Angelique Stannett, Gabby O'Sullivan, nine others, Trent Cooper (coach)
Out of contract: Roxanne Roux, Mim Strom, Ann McMahon, Emma O’Driscoll, Sarah Garstone, Janelle Cuthbertson, Bianca Webb, Kate Flood, Aine Tighe, Lindal Rohde, Hayley Miller
Unknown: Everybody else

GEELONG
Signed: Olivia Purcell
Out of contract: Maddy McMahon, Georgie Rankin, Millie Brown, Gemma Wright, Nicole Garner, Mia Skinner, Amy McDonald, Madisen Maguire
Retired: Melissa Hickey
Unknown: Everybody else

GOLD COAST
Signed: Paige Parker, David Lake (coach)
Out of contract: Serene Watson, Hannah Dunn, Alexia Hamilton, Brittany Perry, Cheyenne Hammond, Dee Heslop, Jade Pregelj, Georgia Breward, Jordann Hickey, Sally Riley
Unknown: Everybody else

GWS GIANTS
Signed: Alyce Parker, Louise Stephenson
Out of contract: Taylah Davies, Maggie Gorham, Lisa Steane, Annalyse Lister, Sarah Halvorsen, Emily Goodsir, Georgia Garnett, Tait Mackrill, Rebecca Privitelli, Lisa Whiteley
Unknown: Everybody else

MELBOURNE
Signed: Karen Paxman, Elise O'Dea (but considering trade), Mick Stinear (coach)
Out of contract: Daisy Pearce, Maddison Gay, Chantel Emonson, Sinead Goldrick, Niamh McEvoy, Jacqueline Parry, Brenna Tarrant, Gabrielle Colvin, Krstel Petrevski
Unknown: Everybody else

NORTH MELBOURNE
Signed: Emma Kearney, Emma King, Jess Duffin, Jenna Bruton, Jasmine Garner, Tahlia Randall, Danielle Hardiman, Kate Gillespie-Jones, Jasmine Grierson, Brittany Gibson, Nicole Bresnehan, Grace Campbell, Darren Crocker (coach)
Delisted/retired: Mairead Seoighe, Chloe Haines, Libby Haines, Taylor Mesiti
Out of contract: Everybody else

RICHMOND
Signed: Monique Conti, Christina Bernardi, Katie Brennan, Sabrina Frederick, Sarah Hosking, Harriet Cordner, Sarah D'Arcy, Sarah Dargan
Out of contract: Gabby Seymour, Hannah Burchell, Sophie Molan, Laura McClelland, Ella Wood, Sarah Sansonetti, Holly Whitford, Nekaela Buttler, Cleo Saxon-Jones, Emma Horne, Kate Dempsey, Ciara Fitzgerald, Emily Harley
Retired: Lauren Tesoriero, Laura Bailey
Unknown: Everybody else

ST KILDA
Signed: Jayde Van Dyk
Out of contract: Georgia Patrikios, Rosie Dillon, Nicola Xenos, Tarni White, Tamara Luke, Hannah Priest, Nadia von Bertouch, Clara Fitzpatrick, Poppy Kelly, Melissa Kuys, Tilly Lucas-Rodd
Retired: Emma Mackie
Unknown: Everybody else

WEST COAST
Signed: Dana Hooker, Emma Swanson, Belinda Smith, Maddy Collier, Parris Laurie, Kellie Gibson, Alicia Janz, McKenzie Dowrick, Aisling McCarthy, Grace Kelly, Niamh Kelly
Out of contract: Mhicca Carter, Imahra Cameron, Sophie McDonald, Tarnee Tester, Kate Orme, Chantella Perera
Retired: Talia Radan
Unknown: Everybody else

WESTERN BULLDOGS
Signed: Ellie Blackburn, Hannah Scott, Isabel Huntington, Kirsty Lamb, Naomi Ferres, Lauren Spark, Kim Rennie, Nathan Burke (coach), Aisling Utri
Retired: Nicole Callinan
Out of contract: Everybody else
 
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Players to keep an eye on – out of contract

Ash Riddell (NM) – Might be hard for North to keep Riddell in the long run as their 3rd or 4th best player, although I don’t see any team making a big play for her yet. Richmond could theoretically float an enticing offer, which would involve a bold move to give up another #1 pick. However, as evidenced by the sacking of Tom Hunter, the Tigers have shifted to safe mode now.

Kaitlyn Ashmore (NM) – Curiously signed a one-year deal in April 2019. North Melbourne remains her best fit. If you’re St Kilda or Melbourne or the Western Bulldogs etc, how many versions of Kate McCarthy or Aliesha Newman or Kirsten McLeod etc do you need?

Lucy McEvoy (CAR) – Geelong are second in a two-horse race, which isn’t necessarily over. Nominating for the Metro draft last year was a surprise, so it’s hard to categorically rule out circumstances surprisingly changing again.

Roxanne Roux (FRE) – I’ve seen a fair bit of back-and-forth about Roux’s true WA club of choice. The answer should be influenced by which WA club wants her more, which should be influenced by which WA club needs her more. The Eagles probably think it’s them, but they shouldn’t. The Dockers probably think they can win the flag in 2021 without her, but they also shouldn’t.

Ellie Gavalas (NM) – Played VFLW at the Bulldogs and would be a huge boost for their AFLW midfield. One interpretation of North’s early delisting announcement, however, is that they wouldn’t have cut Haines x2 unless there was an easier way to get down to 27 players (in other words, they might be confident everybody else is coming back).

Bonnie Toogood (WB) – Ought to be on every Victorian team’s radar (except maybe Richmond), and vice-versa.

Rebecca Privitelli (GWS) – Worth another look for a few clubs, especially Melbourne and Collingwood who were starving for contested marks I50 this year.


Players to keep an eye on – plausibly out of contract

Kalinda Howarth (GC) – Likely out of contract, probably only going to attract serious enquiries if she leaves Queensland by her own volition at this stage.

Kate Hore (MEL) – Her underwhelming ‘19 in a team brimming with on-ballers and small forwards could have led to an understandable one-year deal, but Hore has always been pumped-up from within the club—the captain, for example, predicted her to be the league’s breakout player of 2020. If the Dees stumble upon the opportunity to trade one of their gun accumulators for a solid tall forward, they should take it.

Daisy Pearce (MEL) and Erin Phillips (ADE) – Thinking both are out of contract, at the same time suspecting there’s no chance of them playing elsewhere next year.
 
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Went creeping through a bunch of player instagram accounts to get confirmation on contract details, updated the OP with my findings. Most notable (to me, at least) is that Chloe Molloy did in fact sign for two years.

Also, here's a summary of the changes I think each club should aim for.

ADELAIDE
Using nothing but her sound grasp of the fundamentals, Brittany Perry had a better season than any of Adelaide's forwards (possible exception being Ponter, who had higher highs and lower lows). I don't know if she'd leave the Suns now for a team that repeatedly overlooked her, but it can't hurt to ask.

BRISBANE
New coach required imo.

CARLTON
Essentially the Blues just need what Lauren Brazzale can provide, but on a more consistent basis.

COLLINGWOOD and FREMANTLE
Not much left to add except perhaps some height to their backlines.

GEELONG
This year's squad of 30 included nine players born in or before 1990 and eight players born in 2000 or later, fwiw. What if Melbourne delisted 23yo Ainslie Kemp (who is without doubt a quality footballer but has just struggled with injury)? Other Victorian clubs would be put off by the potential of more knee injuries, but the Cats should be keen to gamble on a player like that. Because, after all, they’re not in the same position as other Victorian clubs.

GOLD COAST
The Suns lack an experienced voice in the centre square. If Lauren Arnell can be shipped off to Queensland, so can Katie Loynes.

GWS GIANTS
? The only thing missing from their list is self-belief! Every opportunity GWS earned during the last three years was choked away. Their willingness to embrace the "Dad's Army" moniker, and the captain's decision to pull the pin on the eve of pre-season, is rather revealing in retrospect.

MELBOURNE
Having talked up Tegan Cunningham in '18 and '19, this was a hard year to watch as both her ineffectiveness and dirty acts off the ball grew by the quarter. With the way the Demons have quickly cast aside struggling goal-kickers in the past, she'll be lucky to survive the axe. Sarah Perkins could make that decision a whole lot easier on Melbourne by losing 20kgs (or at least 10kgs to get somewhere near the underwhelming fitness levels of your Greisers and Stringers).

NORTH MELBOURNE
Occasionally swinging Emma King forward worked when it was to complement Jasmine Garner. Can't complain about the move of Garner into the middle, but it does mean North should be looking at bringing in a young key forward to fill that hole, rather than resorting to King grazing in the goal-square for long stretches. Re-drafting Chloe and Libby Haines would therefore not be hugely surprising.

RICHMOND
Hopefully some good news for Scott Gowans is imminent. If not, I'm sure Caroline Wilson will send an arrow in the direction of her pal Kate Sheahan (who btw is the biggest boys' club appointment in football) for neglecting a high-performing AFLW coach.

ST KILDA
Both Hannah Scott and the Saints suffered after she knocked back an offer to join as an expansion signing. St Kilda can win the contested ball and lock it in their F50 well, but they lack quality when transitioning out of defence.

WEST COAST
The one club that needs to entice star players from around the country just so happens to be the same club that can best afford to. Nevertheless, with so many of the league’s top players halfway through two-year deals, the Eagles might have to wait another season before a strong recruiting spree is possible.

WESTERN BULLDOGS
The Dogs will do well to hold on to several promising prospects who already have one foot out the door.
 

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Players to keep an eye on – out of contract

Ash Riddell (NM) – Might be hard for North to keep Riddell in the long run as their 3rd or 4th best player, although I don’t see any team making a big play for her yet. Richmond could theoretically float an enticing offer, which would involve a bold move to give up another #1 pick. However, as evidenced by the sacking of Tom Hunter, the Tigers have shifted to safe mode now.

Kaitlyn Ashmore (NM) – Curiously signed a one-year deal in April 2019. North Melbourne remains her best fit. If you’re St Kilda or Melbourne or the Western Bulldogs etc, how many versions of Kate McCarthy or Aliesha Newman or Kirsten McLeod etc do you need?

Lucy McEvoy (CAR) – Geelong are second in a two-horse race, which isn’t necessarily over. Nominating for the Metro draft last year was a surprise, so it’s hard to categorically rule out circumstances surprisingly changing again.

Roxanne Roux (FRE) – I’ve seen a fair bit of back-and-forth about Roux’s true WA club of choice. The answer should be influenced by which WA club wants her more, which should be influenced by which WA club needs her more. The Eagles probably think it’s them, but they shouldn’t. The Dockers probably think they can win the flag in 2021 without her, but they also shouldn’t.

Ellie Gavalas (NM) – Played VFLW at the Bulldogs and would be a huge boost for their AFLW midfield. One interpretation of North’s early delisting announcement, however, is that they wouldn’t have cut Haines x2 unless there was an easier way to get down to 27 players (in other words, they might be confident everybody else is coming back).

Bonnie Toogood (WB) – Ought to be on every Victorian team’s radar (except maybe Richmond), and vice-versa.

Rebecca Privitelli (GWS) – Worth another look for a few clubs, especially Melbourne and Collingwood who were starving for contested marks I50 this year.


Players to keep an eye on – plausibly out of contract

Kalinda Howarth (GC) – Likely out of contract, probably only going to attract serious enquiries if she leaves Queensland by her own volition at this stage.

Kate Hore (MEL) – Her underwhelming ‘19 in a team brimming with on-ballers and small forwards could have led to an understandable one-year deal, but Hore has always been pumped-up from within the club—the captain, for example, predicted her to be the league’s breakout player of 2020. If the Dees stumble upon the opportunity to trade one of their gun accumulators for a solid tall forward, they should take it.

Daisy Pearce (MEL) and Erin Phillips (ADE) – Thinking both are out of contract, at the same time suspecting there’s no chance of them playing elsewhere next year.
Privitelli stayed in Sydney, even in the year she wasn't on a list.
Pretty clear indication she is now settled in Sydney and isn't going anywhere.

Malinda Howarth is GC most important forward, and they know it, she isn't going anywhere either.

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Privitelli stayed in Sydney, even in the year she wasn't on a list.
Pretty clear indication she is now settled in Sydney and isn't going anywhere.
Privitelli stayed in Sydney after receiving zero offers to play for a Melbourne club. She'll at least have worthwhile options to consider this time around.
Kalinda Howarth is GC most important forward, and they know it, she isn't going anywhere either.
I guess that's where Brisbane and the Bulldogs etc went wrong. If only they realised their All-Australian forwards were important, Harris and Conti etc wouldn't have left! Strange reasoning.
 

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Privitelli stayed in Sydney after receiving zero offers to play for a Melbourne club. She'll at least have worthwhile options to consider this time around.

I guess that's where Brisbane and the Bulldogs etc went wrong. If only they realised their All-Australian forwards were important, Harris and Conti etc wouldn't have left! Strange reasoning.
Yes, She didnt have any offers to play for a Sydney club either, GWS delisted her. But if she was chasing offers from Melbourne clubs, and wanted to return to Melbourne, she would have played in the VFLW. That she stayed and played in Sydney suggests Sydney is now her permanent home. She has gotten back onto GWS list, thinking its now that she would look to go back to Melbourne seems odd.

Howarth is a GCS fan, was a member of the GCS academy, and a fan of the GCS coach. Zero similarities to Conti or Harris.
 

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Yes, She didnt have any offers to play for a Sydney club either, GWS delisted her. But if she was chasing offers from Melbourne clubs, and wanted to return to Melbourne, she would have played in the VFLW. That she stayed and played in Sydney suggests Sydney is now her permanent home. She has gotten back onto GWS list, thinking its now that she would look to go back to Melbourne seems odd.
There weren't any offers from Melbourne clubs to chase. Not exactly the impetus to uproot one's life again. She lives in Sydney, that's been established.
She has gotten back onto GWS list, thinking its now that she would look to go back to Melbourne seems odd.
I don't know who's thinking she would move, I just know I said a couple teams should try to make it happen.
Howarth is a GCS fan, was a member of the GCS academy, and a fan of the GCS coach.
Ohhh ok, I thought you said Howarth wasn't going anywhere because she's "GC most important forward, and they know it". Turns out it's because of other reasons now.
 

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There weren't any offers from Melbourne clubs to chase. Not exactly the impetus to uproot one's life again. She lives in Sydney, that's been established.

I don't know who's thinking she would move, I just know I said a couple teams should try to make it happen.

Ohhh ok, I thought you said Howarth wasn't going anywhere because she's "GC most important forward, and they know it". Turns out it's because of other reasons now.
You stated players like Conti, who clubs knew were important, still left, despite those clubs wishes. Just pointing out, that only happens if the player really wants to leave, but Howarth doesn't.

GC do not want to get rid of her, she does not want to leave. Kapeesh?
 

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Just pointing out, that only happens if the player really wants to leave
Pointing out something very obvious that doesn't need to be pointed out. Annoying.
she does not want to leave
Such a definitive statement is unjustified, unless you have information that hasn't been made public. There are all kinds of personal reasons that spring up, seemingly out of nowhere, resulting in players unexpectedly switching clubs. Happens every year.
 

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Regarding yesterday's news of West Coast and Richmond each receiving an end-of-first-round priority pick to trade on, I started to think about the type of player it might allow the Eagles and Tigers to bring in.

For West Coast, I would say Hayley Miller is closest to that value of all the Freo players.
For Richmond, maybe Grace Egan in a twisted way but Sarah Hosking's also around that mark and would suit better.

So through that lens, the decision by the AFL looks pretty astute. Both teams would be able to address a fundamental need by luring a readymade contributor, rather than worldbeater (present or future), away from another team. But, paper vs reality and all that, probably gonna need a bit of luck for it to work out so cleanly.
 

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Roxanne Roux (FRE) – I’ve seen a fair bit of back-and-forth about Roux’s true WA club of choice. The answer should be influenced by which WA club wants her more, which should be influenced by which WA club needs her more. The Eagles probably think it’s them, but they shouldn’t. The Dockers probably think they can win the flag in 2021 without her, but they also shouldn’t.
AFLW: Fremantle rising star Roxy Roux set to re-sign with Fremantle
Mitchell WoodcockThe West Australian
Monday, 20 July 2020 1:31PM
Fremantle are on the verge of re-signing rising star Roxy Roux, with her manager Andrew McDougall confirming they were set to ink a new deal in the coming weeks.

Roux was taken by the Dockers pick 12, their first round, in last year’s AFLW draft after the forward was named in the under-18 All Australian side and helped East Fremantle to the WAFLW premiership.

The 18-year-old played in six of the Dockers’ seven games in 2020, kicking five goals including a great performance in the inaugural AFLW western derby when she kicked two goals and clunked four marks including a big contested one deep inside 50, which led to a rising star nomination.

Used as a back up ruck to fellow draftee Mim Strom, Roux averaged five hit-outs a game as well used her ferocity around the ground to lay a number of big tackles.
At just 170cm tall, the dynamic forward showed what the next generation of AFLW footballer looks like, with her excellent marking ability and massive kick giving the Dockers a real weapon up forward.
McDougall said Roux was excited to stay at Fremantle under former WA under-18 coach Trent Cooper, who she has a close relationship with.
“She really knows Trent Cooper is the right coach for her and can see a bright future at Fremantle,” he said.

Young Roxy Roux had an instant impact at the Dockers in 2020.

Young Roxy Roux had an instant impact at the Dockers in 2020. Credit: RICHARD WAINWRIGHT/AAPIMAGE
The Dockers were unlucky not to be crowned 2020 premiers, winning all seven of their games, including a thumping 70-point win over Gold Coast in the semi-final at Fremantle Oval, before the competition was called off due to the coronavirus.
The AFLW sign and trade period opens on August 3.
 

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I'd love a tall forward at the pies. Not sure how easily they come by with the aflw.
It's arguably a case of easy come, easy go. At least a couple burst onto the scene every season before quickly fading out by the end of the next. Harris is probably the only permanent key forward to have improved each year.

Schleicher is one for Collingwood who I look at and think she definitely has the ability but it seems unlikely to materialise because, in addition to the obstacle of injuries, the Pies see her as a defender.
 

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It's arguably a case of easy come, easy go. At least a couple burst onto the scene every season before quickly fading out by the end of the next. Harris is probably the only permanent key forward to have improved each year.

Schleicher is one for Collingwood who I look at and think she definitely has the ability but it seems unlikely to materialise because, in addition to the obstacle of injuries, the Pies see her as a defender.
Is Ruby that tall? I know she has been playing as a defender. But I feel if you have a good variety down back, you should be able to dabble with others if they are the right size in other options that's lacking. Pies have a few avenues toward goal, but a KPF is one that would complement the side quite well. I suppose depends on what the draft brings.

I know the pies will be gaining Father/Daughter Tarni Brown, but believe she's a mid.
 

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Is Ruby that tall? I know she has been playing as a defender. But I feel if you have a good variety down back, you should be able to dabble with others if they are the right size in other options that's lacking. Pies have a few avenues toward goal, but a KPF is one that would complement the side quite well. I suppose depends on what the draft brings.

I know the pies will be gaining Father/Daughter Tarni Brown, but believe she's a mid.
175cm, so on the shorter end of tall, but big enough to have pinch-hit in the ruck at times. Same height as Brazill, whose absence/presence in 2021 will no doubt inform a lot of structural decisions.
 

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Is Ruby that tall? I know she has been playing as a defender. But I feel if you have a good variety down back, you should be able to dabble with others if they are the right size in other options that's lacking. Pies have a few avenues toward goal, but a KPF is one that would complement the side quite well. I suppose depends on what the draft brings.

I know the pies will be gaining Father/Daughter Tarni Brown, but believe she's a mid.
Prior to being drafted, she played in the WAWFL finals as a mobile ruck. One of the best on as well. It's what got her drafted I suspect, tall"ish", mobile and athletic.

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I mentioned a few posts up that Melbourne should think about trading out one of their mids, but this is a strange article: "The Dees have indicated they are keen to improve their draft position this year and are open to giving up experienced players to make that happen."... not sure how that's going to happen by dealing with a team that follows them in the draft order.

Other potential moves mentioned
Aliesha Newman (Melb) to Collingwood - and by tall forward, we meant speedy shortarse
Bianca Jakobsson (Melb) to St Kilda - would be a good get if she actually plays, but still not the rebounder type that the Saints need most
Aisling McCarthy (WB) to West Coast - one of the few (only?) Irish players who wasn't on a rookie contract fwiw
Sarah Dargan (Coll) to Richmond - decent fit
Harriet Cordner (Melb) to Richmond - odd one, doesn't really address a need for the Tigers that I see, only serves to disgrace a family name! (EDIT: also mentions the Bulldogs for Cordner, which might make sense pending other movements)
 
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It means they intend to improve their draft position by trading out established players for high draft picks. Where Melbournes first currently falls is irrelevant if they want to load up on talented NAB league graduates.

It certainly is an interesting move if true, men’s AFL teams generally don’t rebuild unless they have a new coach or are already in the bottom half of the ladder and have an ageing list.
 

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I think West Coast tragetting McCarthy is clever, and could apply to any of the talented Irish girls who have already moved halfway across the world to play the game. I hope they are putting the hard word on players in all of the other states as well (as I expect they will) to build their talent base. Getting the best young WA talent over 3-4 years will help them catch up to Freo eventually but they are coming from a long way back at the moment.
 

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It means they intend to improve their draft position by trading out established players for high draft picks. Where Melbournes first currently falls is irrelevant if they want to load up on talented NAB league graduates.

It certainly is an interesting move if true, men’s AFL teams generally don’t rebuild unless they have a new coach or are already in the bottom half of the ladder and have an ageing list.
Carlton's draft position isn't irrelevant though. They don't have the picks to offer a fair trade. Melbourne would be talking to the Bulldogs or Saints if it was about bringing in a high pick.

Her manager Alex Saundry: "...it’s important to address these things to make sure she feels really valued and also making sure she feels like she’s playing a big role in a team as well." My interpretation is this potential move is being initiated by O'Dea, who is unhappy and wants out (but only to go to another contender).
 

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It means they intend to improve their draft position by trading out established players for high draft picks. Where Melbournes first currently falls is irrelevant if they want to load up on talented NAB league graduates.

It certainly is an interesting move if true, men’s AFL teams generally don’t rebuild unless they have a new coach or are already in the bottom half of the ladder and have an ageing list.
I suspect it relates to the impression the new talent coming in will be better than the established talent.

Which isn't an assumption you can make about men's.



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Why would Carlton trade in O'Dea at the cost of essentially giving away a player they assume is better.

Not gonna rule out the possibility that Daniel Cherny got something jumbled up again.
 

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Carlton's draft position isn't irrelevant though. They don't have the picks to offer a fair trade. Melbourne would be talking to the Bulldogs or Saints if it was about bringing in a high pick.

Her manager Alex Saundry: "...it’s important to address these things to make sure she feels really valued and also making sure she feels like she’s playing a big role in a team as well." My interpretation is this potential move is being initiated by O'Dea, who is unhappy and wants out (but only to go to another contender).
I agree.

Until a trade is done the article is just speculation but a pick in the top half dozen would be much more valuable than a pick right at the tail end of the first round.

Two time AFLW All Australian's don't grow on trees - there are literally 20 players who have made the team that many times or more and while 28 is reasonably old it is early to be dumping her in my view.
 

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I suspect it relates to the impression the new talent coming in will be better than the established talent.

Which isn't an assumption you can make about men's.

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In the women's comp the top end draftees are way ahead of their male counterparts when it comes to first, second or 3rd year impact. Even those who may be considered disappointing in their first year are usually developed more quickly by being given high TOG and chances to play important roles, both in AFLW as well as VFLW including in their draft year.

All clubs realise this and it is why any struggling Victorian club will press hard on a re-set and be fairly decent within 2-3 years whereas in the mens comp it takes 5 plus years (if it works at all).

Some of the less notable draftees seem to be more similar in that they take 1-2 seasons to break into the side and go past more established team-mates. If a side picks 10 youngsters over 2 drafts and most of them pan out they are well se for sustained success and that appears to have been the Blues and Pies strategy a couple of years ago.

The Bulldogs definitely went younger in 2020 and will probably be most affected by COVID-19 in that those players won't be developed nearly as much without a VFLW season to play. I honestly think Richmond will improve quickly if they head to the draft and develop talent properly rather than chase instant improvement.
 

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Regarding yesterday's news of West Coast and Richmond each receiving an end-of-first-round priority pick to trade on, I started to think about the type of player it might allow the Eagles and Tigers to bring in.

For Richmond, maybe Grace Egan in a twisted way but Sarah Hosking's also around that mark and would suit better.
^^^Second good call of the year, by yours truly.
The trade is likely to involve the Tigers' end of first-round compensation pick, selection No.15 in the national draft, which is pick No.9 in the Victorian draft.
 

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