Deadline Live Updates, Blog, Chat, Deals Made, Players Remaining, Last, Wednesday October 12
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7:00 a.m. – ONE CRUCIAL CHOICE COULD UNLOCK SEVERAL OFFERS
A humble early second-round selection, currently held by Brisbane, could be the key to unlocking at least three deals on the final day of the trade period.
As of Wednesday morning, the Lions still hold Pick 21. It is the Giants second-round natural selection as the two teams executed a pick swap a week ago that saw Brisbane hand over their natural first-round pick (Pick 15 ) to the Giants, which gave the Lions Pick 21 and their future second-round pick.
Brisbane are now hoping Pick 21 can help them unlock a deal for Bulldogs star Josh Dunkley, who remains in limbo.
After weeks of haggling, Brisbane have told the Bulldogs they would be willing to trade Pick 21 and a future first-round selection for Dunkley and Pick 39. This is a step back from the Lions’ initial request to Dunkley, 30 and 39 in exchange for 15 (before he was traded) and a future first.
But, as it stands, the Bulldogs won’t return the Pick 39 and want the Lions to add later draft picks to the Pick 21 and future first already on the table.
The Bulldogs’ board has reportedly approved the club to send Dunkley, a premiership player and the Dogs’ best and fairest winner in 2022, to the preseason draft if no satisfactory deal is presented.
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However, Fremantle have the Bulldogs trying to trade for Rory Lobb, with Pick 21 potentially the selection that could unlock the Lobb deal.
The Dockers want a first-round pick for losing Lobb, while the Bulldogs have produced offers involving a second-round pick and trades, such as Pick 30 and a future second in exchange for Lobb and a late pick.
The Bulldogs, ultimately, might find Pick 21 would convince Fremantle to drop Lobb, if they received him from the Lions, and unlock the trade
And if the Dockers acquire Pick 21, that selection could play a role in a trade with Hawthorn for Jaeger O’Meara, who is reportedly set to leave Hawthorn and has chosen between joining the Giants or the Dockers.
If O’Meara decides he’d rather return to Western Australia and join the Dockers, Pick 21 could be crucial to getting the deal done, as Fremantle’s first pick in the 2022 draft is now Pick 44, and they traded their future first-round pick for Melbourne in the trade of Luke Jackson. However, compensation could be determined by clubs who are willing to take on the majority of the salary of O’Meara’s contract, which still has a year to run.
Ultimately, the choice for now is always with the Lions. And they would have received offers to trade the Pick 21 – almost certainly to get more draft points to help them match the offers on Will Ashcroft and Jaspa Fletcher – and would follow that option if the Dunkley trade was not executed.
6:45 a.m. – DOCKERS LEAD THE RACE FOR HAWK AS THE KEY CHOICE PRESENTS
Fremantle’s last-minute game for Jaeger O’Meara gained ‘significant ground’ on Tuesday with the WA club ‘now leading the way’ for the on-baller Hawks, reports 7 Perth News.
It emerged on Monday that the Giants had inquired about recruiting O’Meara, who still has one season to run on a lucrative four-year deal he signed in 2019.
But NCA Newswire reported on Tuesday that the Giants have company in the race for O’Meara, with Fremantle also interested in trading for the star midfielder from Hawthorn.
7 Perth News Journalist Ryan Daniels reported on Tuesday night on Twitter that the Dockers were now the favorites to land O’Meara after “gaining significant ground” on Tuesday – although it was “not yet crossed the line”.
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Daniels added that lifestyle was an “important factor” for O’Meara, who is from Western Australia.
The Giants have more attractive draft picks — picks 15, 18, 19 and 31 — to offer Hawthorn, and one of O’Meara’s closest friends, Stephen Coniglio, is co-captain of the club.
The Dockers don’t have the same selections at the moment, but the Hawks like Fremantle contract ruckman Lloyd Meek, whose wish to go to Hawthorn has been dampened by the two clubs’ firm positions at the trade table. Freo wants a future second-round pick, with Hawthorn’s offer a round later.
It comes as Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd has reported that O’Meara has ‘left’ the Hawks and is now deciding whether to play for the Dockers or the Giants.
“Both clubs would like him and the deal with Rory Lobb will help Freo with that one,” Lloyd said. AFL Commercial Radio.
6:00 a.m. – HOW THE TOUGHEST BUSINESS IS MADE
A handful of the most contentious deals remain up in the air heading into tonight’s 7:30 p.m. EDT deadline — and there are still one or two that simply fall apart.
Brisbane move for Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh Dunkley threatens to be one of those, with both sides staying away from each other for the best and fairest winner of 2022.
The Bulldogs remain ready to send Dunkley to the preseason draft and will get nothing at all for their best and fairest winner if the right deal isn’t struck. But the Lions hope the Bulldogs will give in to catch Rory Lobwith Fremantle holding firm on their desire to keep the big forward under contract.
As Foxfooty.com.au reported on Tuesday evening, the Collingwood striker Ollie Henryis set to enter the pre-season draft if a trade isn’t completed that sends him home to Geelong.
As it stands, the Magpies won’t accept a Pick 25 offer in exchange for the player chosen at No. 17 in the 2020 draft. They want a first-round pick instead, but Geelong hasn’t had the idea of exchanging his Pick 7 (obtained Tuesday in the salary dump of Jack Bowes) against the choice 16 and Henry of the Magpies.
If the cats are willing to trade large contracted utilities Esava Ratugoléa in Port Adelaide, that could get them picking 33, which they could kick off with 25 and potentially satisfy the Magpies. But the prime ministers are keen to keep Ratugolea if possible.
Collingwood, even without making the deal with Henry, could land medalist Brownlow Tom Mitchell of Hawthorn, who is keen to add draft picks to speed up his rebuild. He is also willing to trade Jaeger O’Meara with GWS and Fremantle both interested.
The Dockers also cannot trade their future second because of Jackson’s move, which is delaying a potential move to Gold Coast. Jeremy Sharpbecause that’s the price the Suns would accept.
sweet lloyd could prove critical to the O’Meara deal, with the Dockers ruckman having demanded a trade from Hawthorn. The Hawks offer a future third-round pick for Meek while the Dockers want a future second (which they could use to get Sharp).
No transactions may officially close before 3:00 p.m. EDT on the day of the deadline.
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