Magpies set to swoop in second week of trade period
JUST a few short years after they last held aloft premiership cups, Geelong (2007, 2009 and 2011) and Collingwood (2010) aren't sitting on their hands when it comes to rebuilding for a shot at winning more.
The Cats, who recently missed finals for the first time in nine years, were the big winners from the first week of the trade period, acquiring midfielders Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide) and Scott Selwood (West Coast) and key tall Lachie Henderson (Carlton).
The Magpies, who have not played finals since 2013, are now hoping they can take the points in the second week by bringing in young onballers Adam Treloar (GWS) and James Aish (pictured, Brisbane), and spring-heeled half-forward Jeremy Howe (Melbourne).
With four days left until the exchange window is closed for another year, Collingwood could have its priority signing, Treloar, in the black and white as early as today, before completing deals to secure Aish and Howe.
Treloar was at the centre of controversy over the weekend when it was revealed he had undergone post-season surgery on his groin, without the knowledge of his club.
The development is unlikely to hamper negotiations between the Magpies and Giants, with the latter set to gain two first-round round picks for the 22-year-old rising star - one from this year (No.7 overall), and another from next.
While North Melbourne is heavily interested in Aish, the 19-year-old made it clear he is committed to joining the Magpies, while Howe has overlooked the Gold Coast.
After all trades were relatively straight forward last week, things are expected to become a little more complicated as time runs down, with three and four-way deals to keep all parties satisfied.
As well as Treloar, Aish and Howe, how Jake Carlisle, Charlie Dixon and Chris Yarran get to their desired clubs will remain the major talking points.
The restricted and unresticted free agency period ended yesterday with four players moving - Matt Suckling, Dawson Simpson, Matthew Leuenberger and Selwood.
The delisted free agency period begins next Saturday when the likes of Steve Johnson, Jed Adcock and Ryan Crowley, who was shocked to be axed by Fremantle, can join new clubs.