In: Bryce Gibbs, pick 77, 2018 third-round pick (Carlton), 2018 first-round pick, 2018 fourth-round pick (Melbourne), pick 39 (Gold Coast), Sam Gibson (North Melbourne), pick 12 (Brisbane).
Out: Jake Lever, pick 35, 2018 third-round pick (Melbourne), Harrison Wigg, pick 54, 2018 fourth-round pick (Gold Coast), pick 10 (Carlton, on-traded from Melbourne), pick 16, 73, 2018 second-round pick (Carlton), pick 91 (North Melbourne), Charlie Cameron (Brisbane).
The trade period started for Adelaide with football’s worst kept secret going public, with Jake Lever requesting a trade to Melbourne. The Crows managed to receive a decent return for Lever by receiving Pick 10 and a 2018 first round pick among other later picks. Pick 10 was eventually on-traded to Carlton as a part of the Bryce Gibbs trade.
Interestingly, 12 months ago Adelaide refused to part way with two first round picks for Gibbs, citing that it would be ‘irresponsible’ to do so. The Blues also packaged up a future second round pick and a future third to sweeten the deal for the Crows.
Adelaide also took a punt on out of contract North Melbourne midfielder Sam Gibson. Gibson was set to be delisted by the Kangaroos after not being offered a contract before Adelaide offered him a lifeline. The Crows only had to part ways with Pick 91 for the midfielder.
Despite Adelaide’s hard line on refusing to trade contracted forward Charlie Cameron, they eventually accepted the Lions’ offer of Pick 12 which was a good return for the livewire forward.
The Crows were one of the busiest clubs in the trade period. After losing two key players to the ‘go home’ factor, the Crows managed to bring in some quality talent on the last day of proceedings.