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2020 AFLW Trade Period tracker and analysis


The AFLW trade period is underway and movement across the board is expected, given the majority of players are on one-year contracts.

All 14 teams can sign up to 27 players by the conclusion of the sign and trade period on August 12th.

Here, we will be keeping track of every trade made:

Trade 1

Carlton trades Sarah Hosking to Richmond for Pick 15

Analysis: Richmond gets exactly what they need here. A quality, experienced midfielder who can provide pace on the outside or go on-ball if required. Hosking took a slightly lesser role with the Blues in 2019 with the likes of Grace Egan, Chloe Dalton, Georgia Gee and Lucy McEvoy all having breakout years. The Blues now hold the seventh and ninth picks in the Victorian trade pool, which will be handy for moves across the trade period.

Trade 2

Richmond trades Grace Campbell to North Melbourne for Pick 43

Analysis: North Melbourne didn’t exactly have to add to their midfield depth, boasting four elite on-ballers and a number of others who can rotate through there. Getting Campbell through the door is a nice addition as a contested, on-ball midfielder. Richmond losing midfield depth is the furthest thing from ideal, even with the addition of Sarah Hosking.

Trade 3

North Melbourne trades Abbey Green to Collingwood for Pick 40

Analysis: With Eliza Hynes retired, Collingwood gets their hands on some ruck depth behind Sharni Layton. Green played two games for North Melbourne in her debut season, but was stuck behind Emma King, Vivien Saad and Kate Gillespie-Jones on their ruck depth chart.

Trade 4

Carlton trades Jayde Van Dyk and pick 42 to St Kilda__ for Pick 36

St Kilda gets their hands on a talented defender capable of taking smalls and talls and it only cost them a third-round pick upgrade. Van Dyk injured her foot in the warm up of Round 1, but still played out the game and took care of Sabrina Frederick. She couldn’t work her way back into a settled Blues side late in the season, but she will fit seamlessly into this Saints backline and be a key part of their 2021 side.

Trade 5 (three-way)

Melbourne receives: Pick 10 and Pick 17

Richmond receives: Harriet Cordner, Sarah D’Arcy and Sarah Dargan

Collingwood receives: Aliesha Newman, Pick 11, Pick 31 and Pick 45__

Analysis: Melbourne begins their plan of bringing in draft picks while turning over their list, while Collingwood gets their hands on a speedy forward who will provide them with some X-factor forward of the ball. Richmond sures up their side by picking up the reliable Harriet Cordner.

D’Arcy gives the Tigers another key forward option and the flexibility to play Katie Brennan through the midfield, while Dargan adds to their depth across half forward and through the midfield. She had an excellent 2020 for the Magpies.

Trade 6

Western Bulldogs trade Aisling McCarthy and Pick 3 to West Coast for Pick 2 and Pick 16

The Eagles get their hands on one of the underrated gems of the 2020 season. The Bulldogs struggled last season, but McCarthy had a breakout year through the midfield and averaged 13.5 disposals per game. West Coast needed to get as much young talent on their list as possible given their older list and poor 2020 output. The Irishwoman will certainly provide some spark for them next season.

Trade 7

St Kilda trade Jess Sedunary and Pick 42 to Adelaide for Pick 34

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