AFL Rd 18 - Essendon v Melbourne
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Adam Saad of the Bombers kicks during the round 18 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Melbourne Demons at Metricon Stadium on September 19, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The trade window is open and clubs are scrambling to get deals done ahead of an enticing 2021 season and beyond, with stars and role players all playing a major part in the next nine days.

Some sides have kept quiet in the build up to the exchange period with their main focus on the draft, while others have made their interests public and their needs known.

With big names involved this year and several clubs chasing the hottest players yet to commit, we could be set for a massive domino effect influenced by early movers and shock decisions.

Collectively, we take a look at how the most prolific names in this trade period will define the timeline of the window.

Jeremy Cameron

The biggest pending move of the off-season.

Cameron is set to land a massive deal with Geelong assuming a trade deal can be finalised following the Giants decision to match the mega offer made by the Cats.

Cameron's imminent move is likely to see a Geelong player move north, with several young guns on the radar of the Giants.

Brandan Parfitt, Esava Ratugolea, Sam De Koning, Jack Henry and Sam Simpson are all believed to be in the sights of the Giants.

The spearhead will join Geelong as arguably their best paid player and will ignite interest from rival clubs for some of the Cats' fringe players.

Cameron's 2020 campaign caused a blow to his value, despite already being hit with a major pay reduction due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the entire AFL  showing how the sporting calendar has been affected, published on Bwin.

If/when Cameron lands in Geelong, the Cats will be tipped to go one step further next season.

Jesse Hogan

The Dockers forward has failed to impress since leaving Melbourne two years ago, in a deal that effected Lachie Neale's move to Brisbane and Steven May's trade to the Demons.

Similarly this year, Hogan's imminent departure to the Giants comes as Jeremy Cameron decided to exercise his free agency rights in a deal that will likely see him land in Geelong.

Hogan's switch to the Harbour city will somewhat comfort the Giants plans to fill the void Cameron is set to leave and will trigger his move to the Cats.

The Fremantle forward is also set to allow the Dockers to come into play this exchange period, with their interest in Jordan Clark or Cedric Cox now fuelled with an expected addition to their draft hand.

The Giants confirmed the trade of Zac Langdon to West Coast for pick 54, a selection expected to be moved onto the Dockers within the Hogan negotiations.

A four-team deal has previously been floated that would see Hogan join the Giants, Clark join the Dockers, North Melbourne midfielder Shaun Higgins join Geelong and picks sewn through the deal.

Adam Saad

The wantaway defender is set to join Carlton in a trade deal that will likely include a first round selection.

The Bombers already gained pick 7 via compensation for Joe Daniher's departure to Brisbane and could have pick 8 in a deal that will see Saad leave Tullamarine.

Essendon will then hold picks 6,7 and 8 as they eye Western Bulldogs star Josh Dunkley and Giants young gun Jye Caldwell.

If a deal can get done with the Bulldogs, the Bombers will need to part ways with a first round selection at least, while they could split another early selection to land Caldwell, who will cost a late-first to early second-round selection.

The Bombers might also be keen in moving up the draft order, with their compensation selection and Carlton picks potentially allowing Essendon to move up the draft board and hold a top 2-3 pick.

Adam Treloar

It is hard to understand exactly what is happening at the Holden Centre at the moment, but with the club looking to ship their star onballer, something doesn't seem right.

A move to the Suns quickly opened up before Gold Coast denied their interest in a straight swap for pick 5.

Treloar is happy to play on in Melbourne but it's unlikely to be with the Magpies.

If Collingwood are to move on the midfielder, it will allow the club to land new contracts for Jordan De Goey and Brody Mihocek.

It may also see a rival Melbourne club move on some of their fringe players to land Treloar, with Collingwood losing their leverage in a deal with Treloar after looking so desperate to move him on.

If he does depart the Magpies, it is set to cause a major snowball effect at Collingwood and potentially throughout fellow Victorian clubs.

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