Hawthorn premiership player Campbell Brown believes Fremantle have come out on top after the trade period, after bringing in four players and only losing one.
The Dockers made the first move of the free agency period and acquired Reece Conca from Richmond, before leaving their final three inclusions for a busy final day of trading.
Lachie Neale left and headed for Brisbane, although that paved the way for Melbourne’s Jesse Hogan and GWS’ Rory Lobb to move to Perth, while they landed Essendon’s Travis Colyer in the final minutes as Dylan Shiel moved to the Bombers.
Brown said the Dockers were the winners in his eyes, with the inclusions far outweighing the loss of Neale.
“I thought the Fremantle Dockers were the biggest winners out of the trade period,” Brown told SEN Breakfast.
“I’m not sure they would have gone into it fully thinking they would be the big winner out of it.
“I think getting Jesse Hogan was an unbelievable get. Whether that’s been in the pipeline for a while or not, the conversation only started at about Round 17 or 18 this year that it was a possibility.
“He is exactly who they need. We are talking about a young guy from Perth that kicks 50-plus goals, he is a key position forward. Cam McCarthy and those guys are makeshift forwards.
“They’ve got Rory Lobb, who is a great ruckman, but he can play forward as well. A really good modern ruckman who can play around the ground, more of a mid than tap ruckman.
“Reece Conca is an outstanding footballer who they got basically for nothing and Travis Colyer, a bit of outside leg speed and run.
“While you would have liked to keep Lachie Neale, you can manage without him.”