Fri, Oct 19, 11:18am by Staff Writer
The 2018 AFL trade period has come to an end with a host of big name players set for a fresh start in 2019.
The 2019 Premiership favourites Richmond ($5) did their business early in acquiring former Gold Coast Suns captain Tom Lynch for a number of draft picks.
The Tigers have gone from strength to strength in this trade window and while losing a number of VFL-listed players due to salary cap constraints, they will have one of the competition’s most lethal forward lines.
2018 Premiers West Coast have become a destination for free agents and they were keen on acquiring Geelong onballer Tim Kelly but were unable to get the deal through.
The Eagles are $7 to win the flag in 2019 and have lost ruckman Scott Lycett who was pivotal in their Grand Final win. To offset that they have acquired former Saint Tom Hickey and will hope to have Nic Naitanui fit and firing in 2019. Andrew Gaff is another player they have secured after the midfielder chose to stay out West.
Collingwood ($7) have strengthened a midfield that was already among the league’s elite by welcoming back Premiership player Dayne Beames from Brisbane. The Pies will look to draft a defender as they still appear one key defender short.
Big moves were made at Melbourne as Jesse Hogan was traded on the final day of the trade period. The Dees made the finals for the first time in 12 years in 2018 and Hogan was injured for the latter part of their campaign.
Melbourne is $8 to win the Premiership next season and have picked up former Suns defender Steven May, as well as ruckman Braydon Preuss and Kade Kolodjashnij. The Dees look a well-balanced side and will challenge for a top four berth next season.
Essendon is the big mover in the Premiership market, shortening to $12 to win the flag.
The Bombers acquired former Greater Western Sydney Giant Dylan Shiel in the last hour of the trade window and have signed him to a reported six-year deal.
The Bombers midfield is one of their strengths as they look for their first finals win since 2002 next year.
Hawthorn has also made a number of key moves, including the recruitment of Chad Wingard and Tom Scully.
The Hawks didn’t give up a whole lot to acquire the duo, with defender Ryan Burton moving across to Port Adelaide. Hawthorn is $12 to win the flag.
It might be a changing of the guard at the Sydney Swans who will be without Dan Hannebury and Gary Rohan next season.
The Swans cleared plenty of cap space but didn’t add to a squad that is looking the thinnest it has in a number of years. They are $12 to win the flag in 2019 and look far too short.
Salary cap constraints have hit the Greater Western Sydney Giants hard this season with Tom Scully, Rory Lobb, Will Setterfield and Dylan Shiel all departing the club.
The Giants have made a deep run into the finals the last three seasons and are $14 to win the Premiership in 2019.
Adelaide had a disappointing 2018 campaign and made few moves in the off-season to justify them as a contender next season. They are $16 to win the Grand Final.
Geelong managed to keep hold of Tim Kelly for now, but lost Jackson Thurlow, George Horlin-Smith and Lincoln McCarthy.
The Cats’ ageing midfield is their worry and they are an $18 Premiership shot.
Port Adelaide ($18) and Gold Coast ($251) are two clubs who have plenty of players coming and going and it is the Power who are in rebuilding mode after a shocking end to their 2018 season.
Port has lost Chad Wingard, Jasper Pittard, Jared Polec and Jack Hombsch but will bring in Scot Lycett, Sam Mayes, Ryan Burton and pick five in the Draft.
North Melbourne ($26) has struggled to attract big name free agents in recent seasons but did some handy business in acquiring Port’s Polec and Pittard as well as Dom Tyson from Melbourne and Aaron Hall form the Suns.
St Kilda ($67) lost ruck depth with the departure of Tom Hickey but in Dan Hannebury and Dean Kent they have acquired some experienced players.
Carlton ($151) finished at the bottom of the ladder in 2018 and has the number one pick in the draft. The Blues are clearly in rebuilding mode and have acquired Alex Fasolo, Will Setterfield, Nic Newman and Mitch McGovern as fresh faces.
2019 AFL Premiership Odds
West Coast $7
Greater Western Sydney $14
Port Adelaide $18
North Melbourne $26
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