2017 AFL Trade Period wrap

It may well be nine of the most exciting and anxiety fuelled days of every AFL enthusiast’s year, but the 2017 Trade Period has reached its conclusion.

This year’s trade saw a number of players turn down lucrative deals in favour of a return home, reminding us that financial gain is not always at the forefront of every professional athlete’s mind.

Jack Watts

Image: The Age

Despite this, there was still a host of big name moves during the period, with many decisions being made in the final minutes of the trade.

Here is our recap of the winners and losers from the 2017 AFL Trade Period.

The Winners

Adelaide Crows

Adelaide were able to land ‘homesick’ midfielder Bryce Gibbs (Carlton) in a move which had been the subject of speculation for over a year.

Along with Gibbs, Adelaide brought in Sam Gibson (North Melbourne) leaving many fans confused.

AFL 2017 Round 21 - Hawthorn v North Melbourne

Image: AFL Nation

31 year-old Gibson had recently been dumped by his former club North Melbourne, so his exact position in a very competitive Adelaide outfit is surely not yet set in stone.

Brisbane Lions

Brisbane entered the Trade Period looking for experience and landed just that with veteran defender Luke Hodge (Hawthorn).

Hodge will no doubt offer confidence and much needed leadership to the young Lions.

Luke Hodge Trade Period

Image: Fox Sports

Brisbane also acquired hometown boy Charlie Cameron (Adelaide) in the hope his flair and competitiveness will spark bigger things for the club in 2018.

Essendon 

Essendon made public the three names they wanted on their list come 2018 and managed to deliver on them all.

Devon Smith (GWS) will bring physicality into a midfield which at times in 2017 was questioned.

devon smith bombers

Image: Herald Sun

Adam Saad (Gold Coast) will no doubt inject speed out wide; another facet of Essendon’s game which is lacking, particularly amongst senior players.

Jake Stringer (Western Bulldogs) was the high-profile recruit the Bombers needed, and will hopefully deliver on his potential in 2018.

Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide were by far the most productive team in the Trade Period.

They delivered via three big name recruits: Tom Rockcliff (Brisbane), Steven Motlop (Geelong) and Jack Watts (Melbourne).

These three names will be consistently in the team’s best 22 in season 2018 and should go a long way in making Port Adelaide serious premiership contenders in the new year.

 

The Losers

North Melbourne

It’s set to be another pretty dismal AFL season for the Kangaroos.

North Melbourne’s woes began early, failing to secure the signatures of either Dustin Martin (Richmond) or Josh Kelly (GWS).

Following this, many expected the money that would have been used on those big names to be distributed elsewhere.

However, the Kangaroos were mostly non-existent in the Trade Period.

They were unable to acquire any new names to a team which for the most part in 2017 looked old and disorganised.

The only saving grace for North Melbourne is their fourth pick in the upcoming AFL Draft.

Expect to see it used on a young midfielder.

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