The silly season has arrived and it’s now over to list managers and recruiters to help shape their clubs 2021.
There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge in the upcoming free agency and trade period, but we already have Essendon seemingly holding on for dear life as some of their biggest names look for a new home.
We take a look at how all 18 clubs stand as we enter the player exchange period.
Who do they want?
The Crows are at the start of the club’s biggest rebuild, they have been heavily linked to Giants youngster Jackson Hately, who looks destined to make his way to the Crows. They have signalled an interest in Essendon forward Orazio Fantasia but it is believed he’d rather head to Port Adelaide despite Essendon stating they will deal with whatever club can offer them the best deal.
Who’s on the move?
Brad Crouch has nominated St Kilda as his club of choice as a restricted free agent. This gives the Crows the opportunity to match the Saints’ offer which they may do to force a trade to occur if Crouch is to make his way to Moorabbin. Defender Kyle Hartigan has also signalled his intent to move to Victoria as a free agent andit’s believed he will land at Hawthorn.
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What we think will happen
The Crows won’t play a massive role this off-season – their biggest play surrounds Brad Crouch. They will be hoping they can earn pick 2 as compensation for his departure which would give them a very strong hand at draft night. Jackson Hately is a handy replacement for Crouch.