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  1. Max Gawn close to signing new deal

    The impending signing of Max Gawn to an extended contract will allow the club to concentrate on other free agents and players who would otherwise be out of contract by the end of 2018. Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn close to signing new deal
  2. Port the big winners in Trade Week?

    The winners of trade week won't be known for a while but here's an interesting insight from Caroline Wilson on to how Port Adelaide positioned itself to get three experienced AFL players in their mid 20s away from their old clubs for the combined cost of only one second round draft pick - Caroline Wilson: How Bombers set up Port Adelaide spending spree Naturally, there are no guarantees - as Wilson says: "Given that Melbourne sent Watts packing, questioning his commitment, Geelong did not fight to keep Motlop despite his September form, and Rockliff, in spite of his impressive season, has had issues of his own at Brisbane, it is worth questioning the wisdom of the Port spree."
  3. Ruck depth

    With the demise of the Development League, we don't really have much room for another pure ruckman on our list unless that player is the type who can also play another role such as a ruckman/forward. SA youngster Cal Coleman-Jones could fit that bill - on top of that, the hyphenated name would ensure that he feel at home.
  4. Injured Draftees

    I revisited this post today in light of the draft picks now held by the club. The panelists indicated that Coleman-Jones and Spargo were likely second rounders and both would be handy at Melbourne.
  5. WELCOME TO THE MELBOURNE FOOTBALL CLUB - JAKE LEVER

    Talk around town that our first game next year will be v Adelaide Crows. I'm looking forward to Tex and Jake lining up against each other.
  6. Australian Under 18 Championships 2017

    Yes, Spargo has certainly slipped down the ranks over the past twelve months. He now seems to definitely be within our range of available draft selections. Anyone know if there's a reason for his fall from favour - surely lack of height couldn't be the sole reason (he's now listed at 175 cm)?
  7. The Aaron Mullett Thread

    I was also surprised that North delisted him and not just because he always seems to do well against us. If we take him as a DFA then the effective cost would be a third round selection at 47. He might come in handy as a depth player.
  8. Fox Footy Channel - summer editions

    You're in luck. Ben Dixon is presenting the Round 22, 1996 game v Hawthorn (aka "the merger game") at 5pm today.
  9. Farewell Jack Watts

    One thing we should have learned by now is that there are times when the football industry is not always up front about things that happen within its ranks - Truth not always the main goal. Perhaps, the full story of Jack's departure will come out one day. However, I doubt it will in the immediate future and, in the meantime, it feels almost voyeuristic to read all of the speculation.
  10. With the trade period out of the way, the next five weeks will see more discussion on the prospects in the forthcoming draft. The Herald Sun has kicked off with Gary Buckenara's top 30 - Recruiter Gary Buckenara names his top 30 draft prospects for 2017 AFL draft The top selections are well out of Melbourne's reach but here's the player who Bucky thinks will fall at the club's first selection # 29:- 29. JACK PETRUCCELLE Half back/half forward, 184cm, 73kg, Northern Knights/Vic Metro Buckenara says: Petruccelle is one of the most exciting prospects in this draft because of his potential. A former basketballer who took up footy in his mid-teens, he is a bit raw at the moment in terms of his footy knowledge but has some special traits clubs will love. He runs 20 metres over 2.82 seconds and that speed, plus his athleticism is certain to see him be the star of the draft combine. Petruccelle loves to take the game on from half back and half forward when he plays there — he tries to make things happen and can do that because he’s powerful and has great breakaway speed. He needs to find more of the football, tidy up his kicking and get more involved in games consistently because there are times he struggles to get into the action, which was the case during the championships. But when he kicked five goals for the Knights earlier this year, that showed exactly what he’s capable of with development in an AFL system. There is big upside. Plays like: Nakia Cockatoo Clubs suited: All clubs Apart from anything else, after recent player movements, the club is crying out for another player named "Jack" - an outside speedster who can kick goals would be handy too!
  11. The first of the true phantom drafts thanks to Matt Balmer at AFL Draft Central. The Demons don't enter into proceedings until the middle part of the second round of the draft so the recruiting team has its work cut out for it. Here's Balmer's take on who we might pick ~ "Pick 29: Melbourne – A small forward or classy outside ball user would likely appear to the Dees. Ryley Stoddart, Matt Ling and Lochie O’Brien are three such classy outside midfielders/half back flanks. If they’re looking for a small forward, Dylan Moore and Charlie Spargo are two second round prospects that they could consider. The Demons also have Pick 31 and 36." My information is that the bolded trio might just be a tad out of reach for the MFC at #29. O'Brien in particular is a likely top 20 pick.
  12. 2017 AFL NAB NATIONAL DRAFT ORDER

    INDICATIVE DRAFT ORDER (after the free agency and trade period) ROUND ONE 1. Brisbane Lions 2. Fremantle (received from Gold Coast via Lachie Weller trade) 3. Carlton 4. North Melbourne 5. Fremantle 6. Collingwood 7. St Kilda (received from Hawthorn in 2016) 8. St Kilda 9. Western Bulldogs 10. Carlton (received from Adelaide via Bryce Gibbs trade, originally received from Melbourne via Jake Lever trade) 11. GWS Giants (received from Essendon via Devon Smith trade) 12. Adelaide (received from Brisbane Lions for Charlie Cameron, originally received from Port Adelaide in 2016) 13. West Coast 14. Sydney Swans 15. Brisbane Lions (received from Richmond via pick swap, originally received from Geelong in 2016, via Carlton and GWS on-trades) 16. Western Bulldogs (received from Carlton via pick swap, originally received from Adelaide via Bryce Gibbs trade) 17. Richmond END OF ROUND ONE 18. Brisbane Lions (received as compensation for free agent Tom Rockliff) 19. Gold Coast (received from Geelong as part of Gary Ablett trade, originally received as compensation for free agent Steven Motlop) * GWS Giants have been penalised 1000 draft points over the Lachie Whitfield drugs suspension and their first-round draft pick becomes pick No.63. ROUND TWO 20. Richmond (received from Brisbane Lions via pick swap) 21. West Coast (received from Gold Coast via pick swap) 22. Geelong (received from Carlton in 2016) 23. North Melbourne 24. Geelong (received from Gold Coast as part of Gary Ablett trade, originally received from Fremantle in 2016) 25. Richmond (received from Brisbane Lions via pick swap, received from Westerm Bulldogs via Josh Schache trade, received from Essendon via Jake Stringer strade; received from GWS as part via Devon Smith trade, originally received from Collingwood in 2016) 26. West Coast (received from Gold Coast via pick swap, originally received from Hawthorn in 2016) 27. GWS Giants (received from St Kilda in 2016) 28. GWS Giants (received from Carlton for Matthew Kennedy, originally received from Western Bulldogs via pick swap) 29. Melbourne 30. Carlton (received from Western Bulldogs via pick swap, originally received from Essendon via Jake Stringer trade) 31. Melbourne (received from Port Adelaide via Jack Watts trade) 32. West Coast 33. Sydney Swans 34. St Kilda (received from Port Adelaide via pick swap, received from Hawthorn as part of Jarman Impey trade, originally received from GWS in 2016) 35. Geelong 36. Melbourne (received from Adelaide via Jake Lever trade) 37. West Coast (received from Gold Coast via pick swap, originally received from Richmond in 2016) ROUND THREE 38. Collingwood (received from the Brisbane Lions in 2016) 39. Adelaide (received from Gold Coast via Harrison Wigg trade) 40. Brisbane Lions (received from Westerm Bulldogs via Josh Schache trade, received from Carlton via pick swap) 41. Gold Coast (received from Fremantle via Lachie Weller trade, received from Western Bulldogs trade for Hayden Crozier, originally from North Melbourne in 2016) 42. Fremantle 43. Hawthorn (received from Brisbane Lions via Luke Hodge trade) 44. Brisbane Lions (received from Hawthorn via Luke Hodge trade, originally received from Collingwood in 2016) 45. St Kilda 46. Port Adelaide (received from North Melbourne via pick swap; originally received from Western Bulldogs in 2016) 47. Melbourne 48. Essendon 49. Port Adelaide 50. Gold Coast (received from West Coast via pick swap) 51. Sydney 52. Brisbane Lions (received from Richmond via pick swap, originally received from Greater Western Sydney in 2016) 53. Richmond (received from Geelong for future third-round pick) 54. Gold Coast (received from Adelaide via Harrison Wigg trade) 55. Richmond ROUND FOUR 56. Collingwood (received from the Brisbane Lions in 2016) 57. GWS Giants (received from Fremantle as part of Nathan Wilson trade, originally received from Gold Coast in 2016) 58. Geelong (received from Carlton via Darcy Lang trade) 59. Port Adelaide (received from St Kilda via pick swap, originally received from North Melbourne in 2016, via Western Bulldogs on-trade) 60. Fremantle 61. Collingwood 62. Port Adelaide (received from Hawthorn via Jarman Impey trade) 63. Port Adelaide (received from St Kilda via pick swap) 64. North Melbourne (received from Western Bulldogs in 2016) 65. GWS Giants (original pick No.15 slides down after 1000-point penalty) 66. Fremantle (received from Melbourne via Harley Balic trade) 67. Essendon 68. Hawthorn (received from Port Adelaide via Jarman Impey trade) 69. West Coast 70. Collingwood (received from Sydney via Sam Murray trade) 71. Fremantle (received from GWS via Nathan Wilson trade) 72. Geelong 73. Carlton (received from Adelaide via Bryce Gibbs trade) 74. Richmond ROUND FIVE 75. Hawthorn (received from Brisbane Lions via Luke Hodge trade) 76. Gold Coast 77. Adelaide (received from Carlton via Bryce Gibbs trade) 78. North Melbourne 79. Fremantle 80. Collingwood 81. Hawthorn 82. Western Bulldogs (received from St Kilda in 2016) 83. Fremantle (received from Western Bulldogs via Hayden Crozier trade) 84. Melbourne 85. Essendon 86. Port Adelaide 87. West Coast 88. Sydney 89. Greater Western Sydney 90. Geelong 91. North Melbourne (received from Adelaide via Sam Gibson trade) 92. Richmond ROUND SIX 93. Brisbane Lions 94. Gold Coast 95. Port Adelaide (received from Carlton via Matthew Lobbe trade) 96. North Melbourne 97. Fremantle 98. Collingwood 99. Hawthorn 100. St Kilda 101. Western Bulldogs 102. Melbourne 103. Essendon 104. Port Adelaide 105. West Coast 106. Sydney 107. Greater Western Sydney 108. Geelong 109. Adelaide 110. Richmond Future picks Adelaide - 2018 round one draft selection from Melbourne via Jake Lever trade, 2018 round four selection from Melbourne via Jake Lever trade, 2018 round two selection from Carlton via Bryce Gibbs trade, 2018 round three selection from Carlton via Bryce Gibbs trade Carlton - 2018 round two draft selection from Adelaide via Bryce Gibbs trade, 2018 round two selection from Western Bulldogs via pick swap, 2018 round four selection from Geelong via Darcy Lang trade Collingwood - 2018 round three draft selection from Sydney via Sam Murray trade Essendon - 2018 round two draft selection from GWS via Devon Smith trade Geelong - 2018 round three draft selection from Richmond via pick swap, 2018 round four selection from Carlton via Darcy Lang swap, 2018 round four selection from Gold Coast via Gary Ablett trade Gold Coast - 2018 round one draft selection from West Coast, 2018 round two draft selection from Essendon via Adam Saad trade, 2018 round two draft selection from Geelong via Gary Ablett trade, 2018 round three draft selection from Fremantle via Brandon Matera trade Greater Western Sydney - 2018 round two draft selection from Fremantle via Nathan Wilson trade, 2018 round three draft selection from Essendon as part of Devon Smith trade Melbourne - 2018 round three draft selection from Adelaide via Jake Lever trade North Melbourne - 2018 round three selection (tied to West Coast) on-traded by Port Adelaide in pick swap, 2018 round three selection (tied to St Kilda) on-traded by Port Adelaide in pick swap Port Adelaide - 2018 round two draft selection from St Kilda via pick swap, 2018 round three draft selection from North Melbourne via pick swap Sydney - 2018 round two draft selection from Collingwood via Sam Murray trade St Kilda - 2018 round four draft selection from Port Adelaide via Logan Austin trade, 2018 round four draft selection (tied to Adelaide) on-traded by Port Adelaide via pick swap West Coast - 2018 round four draft selection (tied to Hawthorn) from Port Adelaide via Brendon Ah Chee trade, 2018 round two draft selection from Gold Coast Western Bulldogs - 2018 round four draft selection from Fremantle via Hayden Crozier trade
  13. TRADE RADIO - DAILY UPDATES

    Every deal completed on the final day of the 2017 NAB AFL Trade Period • Adelaide receive Bryce Gibbs, pick 77, and 2018 second and third round picks in exchange for picks 10, 16, 73 and a 2018 second round pick to Carlton • West Coast receive picks 21, 26, 37 and a 2018 second round pick in exchange for pick 50 and their 2018 first round pick to the Gold Coast • Port Adelaide’s Aaron Young traded to the Gold Coast Suns for a 2018 fourth round pick • Swans rookie Sam Murray, pick 70 and future third round pick to Collingwood for a 2018 second round pick • Power defender Logan Austin traded to St Kilda for 2018 fourth round pick • Sam Gibson has been traded from North Melbourne to the Adelaide Crows for pick 91 • GWS Giant Nathan Wilson and pick 71 have been traded to Fremantle in exchange for a 2018 second round pick and pick 57 • Matthew Lobbe has been traded from Port Adelaide to Carlton in exchange for pick 95 • Jake Stringer has been traded from the Western Bulldogs to the Essendon Bombers in exchange for picks 25 and 30 • Carlton receive picks 28, 30 and 2018 second round pick from the Western Bulldogs in exchange for picks 16 and 40 • Richmond receives pick 53 in exchange for a future third round pick to Geelong • Carlton receives Matthew Kennedy in exchange for pick 28 to the GWS Giants • Brisbane receives Luke Hodge and pick 44 in exchange for pick 43 and pick 75 to Hawthorn • Carlton receive Darcy Lang and 2018 fourth round pick in exchange for pick 58 and 2018 fourth round pick from Geelong • Geelong receive Gary Ablett, pick 24 and 2018 fourth round pick in exchange for pick 19 and a 2018 second round pick • Brisbane receive Charlie Cameron in exchange for pick 12 to the Adelaide Crows • Port Adelaide receives a fourth-round draft selection (No.59 at time of trade), a fourth-round draft selection (No.63 at time of trade) and a future second-round draft selection in exchange for on-traded second-round draft selection (No.34 at time of trade) and future on-traded round-four draft selection to St Kilda • Western Bulldogs receive Josh Schache in exchange for pick 25 and 40 to Brisbane • Fremantle receives Brandon Matera in exchange for 2018 third round pick to Gold Coast • Fremantle receives pick 2 and 41 from Gold Coast in exchange for Lachie Weller • Port Adelaide receives pick 46 and a future third round pick in exchange for two future third round selections to North Melbourne
  14. As things stand at the moment, Melbourne's 2018 draft selections start at #29 which means a fair slab of the best young talent available will be gone and the club could well be looking outside the square at some mature age recruits. ESPN's Chris Doerre (Knightmare) has compiled this article on the best mature age AFL prospects and it would not surprise if the club lands at least one of the players mentioned.
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