SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12: Steve Johnson of the Giants celebrates a goal during the round 12 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Sydney Swans at Spotless Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Stevie J slams mid-season trade idea

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has confirmed that the league is considering introducing a mid-season trade period as early as next year.

“I think it’s got some merit,” McLachlan told Fox Footy on Thursday.

“It’s real enough that discussions are being had with clubs. If it happens I think it’ll probably come in next year but it’s one of many ideas being looked at.

“It’s really in the end not any different from trading at the end of the year but in-season probably feels different.

“There’s a lot to be worked out and it might not fly but the theory is that ultimately you don’t want an injury to cruel a club’s season.”

But GWS veteran Steve Johnson has savaged the proposal, labeling it “ridiculous”.

“Mid season trade – ridiculous idea. A solid list management strategy is one of the only competitive advantages a club can get these days,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
“Not to mention how many integrity issues would pop up and the intellectual property a club would be forfeiting mid year.”


  1. Should only be able to bring in players from another league. That way you give players opportunities they wouldn’t usually have. The only concern there being fitness.

  2. l agree with Stevie J. This would be a great team disabler, promote selfishness,and harm team cohesion at club level. Why are we always tinkering with the laws of the game. You should only do so if it promotes equality. if such a rule was brought in it would have to guarantee equality and show how this is to be done.l do not believe this is possible.

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