- Aug 10, 2006
- AFL Club
- West Coast
- Other Teams
- Royal Pines Eagles
In giving us pick 16 the AFL made it a condition that we trade it for an established player, instantly reducing its value to us. If you have to get rid of an asset, and the potential buyers all know that, you’re not going to get the same value for it as you would if you could just hang onto it.All good points, i can't pretend to know all the answers and just how appealing it would be for better players to join West Coast.
There's something about spending Pick 16 though, which seems well and truly overs for yet another player who's going to be developing and learning the game.
There's 14 teams in this league, and we chose to target a player from the ONLY team in the competition we beat, and the only team which was worse than us.
Then bear in mind that we had to find a player who was willing to relocate to WA, which basically limits us to (a) players originally from WA, (b) players who were desperate for more opportunity (and you probably wouldn’t spend a pick 16 on any of them), or (c) someone from Ireland. And we wouldn’t want to deal with Freo because, with the draft separated into state pools, giving them pick 16 hurts us much, much more than giving it to a Vic club who isn’t drafting the same players as us.