Oct 09, 2017
A Highly Unhelpful Guide to the AFL Trade Period
The AFL Trade Period has officially started. Here’s how it actually works.
- North Melbourne announce they have built up a ‘War Chest’ and make huge offers to the biggest free agents
- The top free agents spurn North Melbourne, instead using their interest to drive up new deals with their existing clubs
- People on Big Footy forums make up ridiculous trade rumours
- Mainstream media run these trade rumours as fact
- Players announce they’re leaving the Crows
- A fully grown adult cites ‘homesickness’ as a reason they want out of a club.
- Fremantle make their annual announcement that they are interested in Jesse Hogan, like your mate who says he’s interested in Jennifer Lawrence every now and then
- Media announce Jesse Hogan is off to Freo
- Exact same media break the news that Hogan is not off to Fremantle and act like they never raised the original story in the first place
- Collingwood announces they’re going to be a ‘big player’ in the trade period.
- You read an article on who your team needs
- Your team gets none of these players
- Trade period actually starts
- Twitter explodes
- Players with existing, legally binding contracts, announce they will not honour them
- Players also refuse to let their existing team take the highest possible offer, instead announcing they will go to a specific club or nominate for the draft
- The player’s existing club says they will force them into the draft ‘if they have to.’
- Player is traded to the club they want
- Essendon prove difficult to deal with
- Collingwood signs a veteran no one else wants and still pay overs. This is all they do in the trade period.
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