With the AFL mid-season draft fast approaching, the idea of a trade period to match has been suggested by CEO Gillon McLachlan for the league’s future.
If a mid-season trade-period was to be implemented into the 2019 season, there would be a few names circling the trade block and here’s who might just be making a move mid-year.
Brayden Sier (Collingwood)
Potential suitors: Essendon, Carlton, Fremantle
Drafted as the Pies’ top pick in 2015, Sier’s development under Nathan Buckley found its tune in 2018, amassing 12 games with a 19.5 disposal average.
Collingwood boasts one of the strongest midfield depths in the league, something Sier has found to be a tough assignment to break into in 2019 as he is yet to play at AFL level.
Carlton and Essendon are both in need of a big-bodied, two-way midfielder in hope of reaching a finals campaign in the near-future, and Sier may just be the player to fill that void.
It seems hard to read just how well Buckley ranks Sier within the Holden Centre, but with strong numbers for both Collingwood’s AFL and VFL sides he certainly won’t let him walk for nothing.
Expect the Pies to ask for a second round pick if sides coming chasing the 21-year-old’s signature. Essendon wouldn’t shy away from Collingwood’s offer but would have an argument to offer less for a player who’s yet to play first-team football in 2019.
As for the Blues, they may be the more desperate of the two for Sier. The Blues are showing improvement this season, but still need a partner for Patrick Cripps on the inside of the contested play. A second round pick from the Blues might get a deal done with Sier and a third round in exchange.