MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 08: Tom Lynch poses during a press conference after signing with the Richmond Tigers on a seven year contract, at the Swinburne Centre on October 8, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

The trade period is now in the books, with 44 deals being completed over the eight-day window.

39 trades were sent through the league office, while five free agents moved clubs.

The biggest free agent signing was Tom Lynch, as the former Gold Coast captain decided to head to Punt Road and link up with Richmond on a massive seven-year deal.

Reece Conca (Richmond to Fremantle), Luke Dahlhaus (Western Bulldogs to Geelong), Scott Lycett (West Coast to Port Adelaide) and Alex Fasolo (Collingwood to Carlton) all joined Lynch as free agents switching clubs.

In terms of trades, Essendon welcomed GWS Giant Dylan Shiel for two first round draft picks, while Collingwood and Dayne Beams reunited after four years apart, with the Lions receiving two first round draft selections from the Pies.

Pick 6 went around Australia to facilitate some of the biggest moves of the entire period, as it first left Brisbane to Fremantle in exchange for Lachie Neale (among other picks moving between the clubs).

It then went to Melbourne along with pick 23 for Jesse Hogan, before the Dees sent the pick to Gold Coast for captain Steven May and rebounding defender Kade Kolodjashnij.

Those three deals took place over 31 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, just six hours before the deadline.

A number of massive deals went down, but which one will work out the best?

Tom Lynch joining the Tigers, as Richmond won the flag in 2017 and fell in the preliminary final to Collingwood this year.

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The Tigers were arguably the best side in the home-and-away season this year, and Lynch’s addition surely just makes them an even scarier proposition for opposing sides.

For a side that has been as successful as Richmond over the past two years, Lynch’s inclusion doesn’t come as a want for the Tigers, it comes as a need.

They played no second tall forward during their premiership run last season, as Josh Caddy partnered Jack Riewoldt as the club’s key forwards, with the mosquito fleet of Dan Butler, Daniel Rioli and Jason Castagna doing most of the damage. Mid-sized forward Jacob Townsend came on the scene at the right time and was massive during September.

Fast forward to the season just gone, and Richmond tried to run the same formula, which worked for the regular season, although they were found out against Collingwood in the finals.

Lynch will allow Riewoldt to move further up the ground, which should afford the Tigers a strong marking target in the forward line at all times.

What should also help the Tigers is Lynch’s height, as midfielder Shaun Grigg was dominated by the Pies during the preliminary final when used as a second ruckman when Toby Nankervis wasn’t around.

Lynch could pinch hit in the ruck, which would help the Tigers match the size of sides who use two specialist ruckmen.

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In terms of the biggest trades of the window, Essendon and Fremantle may need to share that mantle.

Shiel slots in beautifully at Tullamarine, and will fit in alongside star midfielders Dyson Heppell and Zach Merrett.

With young gun Andrew McGrath, Darcy Parish and Devon Smith all in the midfield too, the Bombers will now be running one of the stronger engine rooms in the competition.

They finished the season with a 10-4 record after starting 2-6, and their form in the second half of the year should give them confidence of at least playing September footy in 2019.

They’re currently paying $1.77 to play finals next season, which even seems like good odds despite how short they are.

Fremantle can also lay claim to having a solid trade period, bringing in Conca, Hogan, Rory Lobb and Travis Colyer.

The inclusion of Hogan and Lobb gives the Dockers a strong forward line presence for the first time in a long time.

Their leading goalkickers this season were Michael Walters (22 goals), Hayden Ballantyne (21), David Mundy (19) and Cam McCarthy (19).

With only McCarthy a key forward out of that group, Hogan and Lobb will transform the Dockers’ forward half into something much more potent.

While it’ll take years to work out which sides won most of these trades, these deals look like ones that will make instant impacts to their new clubs.