Melbourne receive – Pick 50 in the 2019 AFL draft and Hawthorn’s future second-round pick
Sam Frost has been an underrated defender for the Demons over recent times, and Hawthorn has scooped him up in a deal that could seemingly help both teams in the long run.
Frost, 26, was originally selected with pick number one in the 2012 AFL Rookie Draft and will now be at his third AFL club after 21 matches at Greater Western Sydney from 2012-14 and 70 matches at the Demons from 2015-19.
Frost played all 22 games for the Demons in 2019, averaging 13 disposals and four marks a game.
What does this deal mean for the Hawks? They gain an athletic defender to add to their defensive ranks which is sure to boost the team’s overall defence to compliment the likes of Ben Stratton and Blake Hardwick down back. It is a good get for the Hawks as they look to make another push towards finals in 2020.
In the process, Melbourne loses a key defender and will be looking to further bolster their key position ranks through free agency and the trade period if they are to have any hope of getting back to the level of play that saw them make the preliminary final in 2018.
The Demons lose Frost and picks 42 and 61 from this draft, but gain pick 50 and a future second in return so the deal doesn’t seem all too bad in the scheme of things and can use those picks to lure more talent if need be.
Hawthorn Grade: B+
Hawthorn gains a defender that will ultimately play a lot of games for the club and have again recruited smartly, going for players that are thereabouts in their prime that can come in and strengthen the team right away, and this is no exception.
Melbourne Grade: B
Melbourne gets the lesser of the deal with only getting the picks back, but they will be looking to make a splash with their future second-round pick or ultimately use it as trade bait to bring in some more talent to make a push up the ladder and back into finals contention.