TWO low-profile deals have been processed to end three straight days without player movement during the AFL trade period.
Out-of-favour Gold Coast forward Peter Wright became the first player to switch clubs since Adelaide’s Kyle Hartigan was traded to Hawthorn on Friday.
Wright, a former No.8 draft pick, is off to Essendon for a future fourth-round selection after playing 66 games for the Suns since 2015.
The 203cm giant failed to make a senior appearance this season despite having two years left on his contract with Gold Coast.
Melbourne’s Mitch Hannan has also found a new home with the forward heading to the Western Bulldogs in exchange for a future third-round pick.
The 26-year-old kicked 55 goals in 50 games for the Demons after debuting in 2016.
Greater Western Sydney and Geelong are still negotiating about the terms of a blockbuster deal for star forward Jeremy Cameron.
The wantaway Giant is determined to play for this year’s beaten grand finalists but GWS matched the Cats’ mammoth offer for Cameron.
Meanwhile, the AFL Players’ Association is set to address frustrated footballers about the latest developments surrounding list-size cuts.
Due to cost-cutting measures sparked by the COVID-19 shutdown, AFL club salary caps and list sizes will be reduced but by how much remains up in the air.
Clubs, players and managers were confident the AFL would have decided on the future of the competition before the free agency and trade periods started.
But the AFL and the AFLPA continue to negotiate a revised collective bargaining deal with just two days remaining in the trade period.
With all AFL players on leave, Tuesday’s session with the union is optional.
The process has dragged out longer than anyone could have imagined, with clubs still unable to give many out-of-contract players any certainty.
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