The AFL National Draft is coming at the end of the month, serving to keep us tuned to the AFL and the off-season maneuvering.
Some of the free agent moves have taken place.
Here is what could be called a Tale of Two Players.
In early October, Gold Coast paid Richmond with a second round pick in order to obtain restricted free agent Brandon Ellis. Ellis has his two premierships and is in his prime at the age of 26.
The 176-game Tigers’ veteran has time to prepare for a big shift from winning to losing, although our optimism compels us to hope that Gold Coast can do in 2020 what Brisbane did in 2019.
At the time this is being written, there are 326 days until the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition bounces. The All-In futures market for the premiership shows Richmond at the top of the table.
The next 16 clubs, even the lowly Roos are priced inside $50, while Gold Coast is far back at $251.
In other words, good luck Mr. Ellis.
There has been an exodus in Adelaide, almost equivalent to the number of bats in the city. Cam Ellis-Yolmen is leaving the Crows for the Brisbane Lions for a third round pick. His fortunes would seem to be improving, as the Crows are $34 to win the 2020 Premiership, while Brisbane is fifth at $9.
Ellis-Yolmen did not get much time on the ground with Adelaide. He made 39 appearances over five seasons. He has been up and down with the seniors. He has dealt with some injuries, but it is mainly his inconsistent form and unrestricted free agent status that led the rebuilding Crows to the willingness to part with him.
Brisbane have the 16th pick in the first round and the second pick of the second round and they might want to swap one or both of those for a marquee player, but they appear well-positioned to ensure that 2019 was not a fluke.