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AFL Trade Period Hopefully Offers Clubs Opportunity to Improve

Richmond got richer in terms of talent and Gold Coast got richer in terms of money, after declining to match the offer the Tigers made to restricted free agent Tom Lynch of a boatload of money and seven years over which to sail said boat.

The Suns received pick three in the draft in the form of compensation as they bid adieu to Lynch, who might be eagerly anticipating playing finals for the first time after eight seasons of banishment at Gold Coast.

Along with the third draft pick, the Tigers sent Corey Ellis and Anthony Miles to Gold Coast. Those two were fringe players who might welcome an opportunity to see more time on the ground, but this early in the trade period, they might find their fortunes improved if the Suns can package them in the hopes of getting something better in return.

The Geelong Cats are sending Lincoln McCarthy to the Brisbane Lions in a deal that included the 54th and 57th pick for the Lions’ 42nd and 60th pick. McCarthy was willing to go to Brisbane under the anticipation that his mate Lachie Neale will move from Fremantle to Brisbane.

The Cats made another move by obtaining South Australian player Nathan Krueger from Carlton in exchange for the 42nd pick of the 2019 draft.

The exodus of Greater Western Sydney players continues. Rory Lobb and Will Setterfield requested trades, despite still having contracts. With Dylan Shiel abandoning the Giants for Essendon, one begins to suspect that all is not well for the Giants, despite making it to finals in 2018.

There will be more players exchanging guernseys in the time remaining in the trade period and at times, it seems that the 18 clubs in the AFL are composed of interchangeable parts, with the big challenge being how to combine those parts in the best possible list.