Not true. It was the cumulative effect of luring Tippett, buddy on big contracts (the buddy contract was obscene) along with a strong likelihood that the swans had all but secured a third player on big money that lead to a strong campaign by club presidents to stop Sydney using cola to recruit players where it was designed as a retention mechanism to offset high cost of living.Lol So much so they trade banned the Swans.
Did they trade ban the Tigers when they got Lynch?
The AFL media is bad enough with Victorian bias but to now try and push this narrative is an even bigger joke
I do agree the trade ban was ridiculously heavy handed but the afl had warned them against going after another big name and they ignored the warning at their peril.