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  1. Is it ever too early to start talking about the next draft? Not in my book - especially as the Demons now own a first round draft pick in the 2017 AFL Draft. And I'm not going out on a limb when I nominate Eastern Ranges forward Jaydin Stephenson (DOB: 15/1/1999 Ht: 188cm Wt: 76kg) as one of the sure things for that draft. Stephenson burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old in last year's TAC Cup finals and booted three goals in a losing team in the grand final. He has enjoyed another consistent season and shapes up as one of next year’s most exciting prospects. Naturally Stephenson is a member of the AFL Academy squad:- LEVEL TWO NAB AFL ACADEMY (draft-eligible 2017) Vic Country: Tyrone Hayes, Aaron Darling, Kane Farrell, Aidan Quigley, Lochie O'Brien, Hunter Clark, Luke Davies-Uniake, Oscar Clavarino, James Worpel, Tom De Koning Vic Metro: Jack Higgins, Lachlan Fogarty, Patrick Naish, Joel Garner, Jaidyn Stephenson, Sam Hayes South Australia: Jordan Houlahan, Darcy Fogarty, Thomas Schmusch, Callum Coleman-Jones, Andrew McPherson Western Australia: Jake Patmore NSW-ACT: Charlie Spargo, Jack Powell, Jarrod Brander, Nathan Richards Queensland: Jack Clayton, Connor Ballenden, Brayden Crossley Northern Territory: Dominic Grant Father-son trio headlines Academy squad The signs are that next year's draft will be strong at the elite level and, unlike yesterday's midfield draft, there will be some good tall prospects in the mix. Tall prospects head latest AFL Academy additions As for Stephenson, he suffered a late-season set back when he broke a hand at training and missed the AFL's Under 17 All Stars match but will be back in action for TAC Cup season 2017 and close to #1 (but of course we're all expecting our first pick to be in the high teens). 2017 AFL Draft Prospects Top prospects on show in U17 Futures Game
  2. Tim Watson has claimed today on SEN that Melbourne mismanaged the Lever signing Watson claims that not having Lever dressed up in a Melbourne jumper before he went overseas was a faux pas and battered the Demons' reputation, particularly when Essendon had a back page spread of their new signing Devon Smith in Essendon colours. The back page of Friday's Age which announced the trades for both Lever and Smith had photographs of both players in their new colours. No doubt, Watson missed this for some reason ... but that pales into insignificance when one thinks of his own club's reputation that was tarnished to a significantly greater dimension than a possible wardrobe failure by the Bombers' own issues over recent times which involved injecting players with unknown substances and led to 34 players receiving 12 month playing suspensions. Given Watson's involvement with the Bombers, he should be the last person to comment on the reputations of other clubs.

    • Jack Watts found a new home today, joining Port Adelaide. Melbourne will receive pick 31 back for the former number one draft pick. • Port Adelaide's Brendon Ah Chee was traded to West Coast today for a swap of future third and fourth round picks. • Docker Harley Balic is set to join Melbourne and North Melbourne said they won’t get in the way of Andrew Swallow joining Gold Coast to play with his brother if a deal can be reached. • Brisbane General Manager of Football David Noble confirmed Luke Hodge will sign a two-year contract with the club. The Lions will attempt to trade with the Hawks for the veteran, but will otherwise head to the preseason draft for Hodge.
  4. The first of the daily updates from Trade Radio:- • The Brisbane Lions General Manager of Football David Noble saying the club is likely to lose Tom Rockliff once Free Agency gets underway. Port Adelaide seems to be leading the way Rockliff but Carlton and Essendon are also in the mix. • Noble also confirmed the Luke Hodge deal could be close to getting over the line with the likelihood that he will the join the club, potentially even for two years. • GWS ruckman Shane Mumford will need to prove he is physically able to play on in 2018 as he deals with ongoing foot and knee issues. Mumford’s manager Anthony McConville seemed to indicate that the Giants aren’t confident he’ll pass the required medical tests. However, McConville said Mumford is very unlikely to seek a trade out of GWS. • Brendon Ah Chee has reportedly requested a trade from Port Adelaide, with Gold Coast and the West Australian clubs looking like the clubs that will target him. • Jack Watts was linked to the Power earlier in the week, but Sydney has now entered the mix to claim the former number one draft pick.

    Yesterday's "big" deal was Adam Saad leaving Gold Coast for Essendon with the Suns getting a future second rounder. I just received a tweet from NAB Trade Radio suggesting that there's a big day ahead! That's what they say every day and not much happens. Thankfully, it will all be done and dusted soon.
  6. Knightmare's AFL Draft Power Rankings: October
  7. Colin Garland Retiring?

    Somewhat inevitable and sad, particularly since his entire career has encompassed the hard times. I hope the club and Colin work things out and that he remains in a role at the club.
  8. The NAB AFL restricted free agency offer and unrestricted free agency period ends at close of business tomorrow and there are still 3½ days of trading left before this part of the current exchange and draft period ends but there's more to come. On 1 November, it's time for the delisted free agents ~ Worth a look: We rank the top 10 delisted players

    • Free agent Steven Motlop has chosen Port Adelaide as his new home. • Hayden Crozier moved to the Western Bulldogs in exchange for picks 40 and 82. • Brisbane has put pick 19 on the table for Charlie Cameron as the small forward looks to get home to Queensland, but his club Adelaide wants the Lions’ pick 12. • Player manager Marty Pask confirmed Adam Saad would definitely be joining Essendon. • North Melbourne and Hawthorn also effectively ruled themselves out of the race for Josh Schache.

    Wide awake again - • Jake Lever was the first domino to fall, joining the Melbourne Football Club in exchange for pick 10 and a 2018 first round pick. The Demons also received pick 35 as part of the deal. • Next up was Devon Smith who officially joined the Bombers. GWS gave up the midfielder in exchange for pick 11 and a future third round pick. Essendon will get back pick 24 and a future second round selection. • In the final moments of the day, Jarman Impey was traded to Hawthorn, with the Power receiving pick 33 in return. The Hawks labelled Impey as their priority in this trade period given their lack of top draft picks.

    I'm going to leave it to you all to argue the toss about whether we paid overs or unders. It's not relevant to me because we have finally secured a highly credentialled player who we were interested in getting some three to four years ago and who is going to fit perfectly into our line up. That's what trading and drafting is all about. In the meantime, I'm going to re-read The Draftees: How Five Boys Made it to the AFL National Draft The book's blurb " Meet Jake Lever, Peter Wright, Isaac Heeney, Tom Lamb and Clem Smith. In 2015, they played their first game. In years to come, they could become stars. But first they had to be drafted to a club."

    Appropriately all of today’s news is from Sleepy Hollow • Cats list manager Stephen Wells said today it was unlikely Jack Watts would join the Cats and that under no circumstances would Mitch Duncan, Nakia Cockatoo and Jake Kolodjashnij be part of any trade with Gold Coast for Gary Ablett. • Wells said he was encouraged by Gold Coast Suns’ list manager Scott Clayton attitude towards a trade of Ablett to the Cats when the matter was discussed at Monday’s gathering at Etihad Stadium. • Cat Steven Motlop’s next move could also be part of any Geelong-Gold Coast negotiation over Ablett. Though a free agent, Motlop, should he choose the Suns as his new home, could easily be used as part of the exchange for Ablett. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    2017 AFL Draft National Combine top 10s Draft prospects stand out at Victorian state combine
  14. The AFL Draft Combine 2017 kicked off today. Some (but not all) of the best talent will be on display over the coming week. A few of the names in this article will be wearing the red and the blue in 2018 ~ Inside the 2017 AFL Draft combine Who will impress at the AFL Draft Combine?

    • Port Adelaide has lodged the paperwork for free agent Tom Rockliff. Brisbane will not match the offer and will receive pick 19 as compensation. • Jack Watts again toured the facilities at Geelong today and will now need to weigh up whether he wants to stay in Victoria and join Geelong or head interstate. • Alex Fasolo is likely to remain at Collingwood. Fasolo had been linked to a return home to Western Australia, but his manager Tom Petroro said given West Coast is likely to take their picks to the draft and Fremantle is busy with other trades, the forward will probably stick with the Pies. • Delisted North Melbourne midfielder Sam Gibson is eager to play on again in 2018 and is willing to move anywhere in Australia to get a second chance at a footy career. Gibson told NAB AFL Trade Radio he struggled to comprehend being delisted by North Melbourne.
  16. 2017 Keith ‘Bluey’ Truscott Memorial Trophy

    I'm here. The attendance here is bigger than Melbourne v Fremantle from earlier this year at the G.

    • a number of players requested trades including Brisbane forward Josh Schache who wishes to return to Victoria [stop press: Schache has now nominated Collingwood as his preferred destination]. • Jarman Impey and Brendon Ah Chee requested trades from Port Adelaide, looking to join Hawthorn and West Coast respectively. Hawthorn list manager Graham Wright said his club’s priority was securing Impey. • Adelaide list manager Justin Reid said his club had “moved on” from Bryce Gibbs as he appears to be happy at Carlton. Gibbs is contracted with the Blues through to 2019. Also not going anywhere is Adam Tomlinson. GWS list manager Craig Cameron ruled out any possibility of Tomlinson being on the trade table. • Port Adelaide superstar Robbie Gray revealed he has had surgery after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. Gray will undergo preventative chemotherapy, but the club expects him to be healthy for pre-season training in November.
  18. Farewell Jack Watts

    From our perspective, Port Adelaide doesn't have much to offer by way of a trade. Their top three currently available draft picks are 29, 47 and 66. Unless there are some player & selection swaps involving other clubs, I don't see us benefiting from him going there as distinct from some other clubs.
  19. Farewell Jack Watts

    I know it's not good in football to go by gut feel but it's been my view that an interstate club was always going to be his destination, that he needs to get out of the bubble to allow his career to refresh in a different environment. Port have been mentioned around for a little while now and it wouldn't surprise if an in principle deal has already been agreed upon with perhaps some fine tuning to be done during the trade period.
  20. And here's the Age Guide to the 2017 AFL Trade Period

    Jack Viney would like that.

    I haven't seen as much of him in action as I would have liked Neita but I did see a bit of him from time to time at Dragons training during the season (which is next door to where my grandsons' junior team trains). Williams has been described as "a nice little player" which in terms of draftability is not necessarily a great recommendation. You have to really have some special talents to come into contention high up in the draft if you're 177cm. In Seb's case, he's got a few things going for him but if push comes to shove, I think most clubs would prefer players a bit taller with the same capabilities as on-ballers and there are a lot around in that category. It would be a romantic tale if he was drafted by the club but I think it would only be as a rookie.
  23. This one's always a good read from SEN/Inside Football. Brett Anderson's Big Board 2.0 Sadly (in one way), after whetting the appetite on some of the talent, its highly likely that the Demons might not figure in the draft at this level at all if, as expected, they offload their early picks to secure Jake Lever.
  24. Was he allowed in to Freo's b & f last night?
  25. The No T$ No B$ Thread

    Any chance you blokes can stay on topic?