This meant Sydney were reluctant to trade Papley for Pick 9 given there was no guarantee it would help them net Daniher.
The Swans’ final offer to Essendon was Pick 9 (which they needed to get from Carlton) and a future first-round pick.
“We were told unequivocally that picks five and nine wouldn’t get it done,” Harley told SEN Breakfast.
“I guess when you’re talking about responsibility to your club, to get nine without the guarantee of getting Joe, I don’t think that would be responsible list management,”
“Once we were in that sort of territory it became pretty hard and clearly there is some disappointment in that.
“We put forward what we thought was a compelling deal and that was involving two first-round picks.”
Harley said the only players that were involved in negotiations were Papley and Saints-bound Zak Jones.
“With our conversations around the industry to try and find Essendon a solution, we didn’t offer players up other than Tom Papley who wanted to go and we knew Zak Jones wanted to go to Melbourne, but they weren’t players that would have satisfied them,” he added.