Jono Giles to West Coast
Essendon value in = 560 points (Pick 57).
West Coast value in = 1003 points – 503 points (Jono Giles) and 500 points (pick 62).
It was pretty clear after last season Giles wasn’t rated at all by Essendon, even when they had a desperate need for a ruckman. This move sees the Dons essentially giving Giles away to West Coast, presumably because it was cheaper than delisting him outright. Having seen his work for GWS over his first three seasons at AFL level, West Coast hopes that Giles can fill the gap that Sinclair created by his departure. Even if he can’t, West Coast are taking almost no risk by giving him a try.
Steve Johnson to Greater Western Sydney
Geelong value in = 110 points (2016 5th rounder ~pick 84)
Greater Western Sydney value in = 122 points (Steve Johnson).
This trade was essentially made because it was quicker for GWS to recruit Johnson this way, rather than wait for the free agency process to be finalised. GWS have almost no need to use a live pick this late, given their contracting list and strong academy pipeline. In return, Geelong get a pick that they might use, but probably on a rookie upgrade.
Zac Smith to Geelong
Gold Coast value in = 1290 points – pick 49 (680 points) and pick 53 (610 points).
Geelong value in = 789 points (Zac Smith).
Zac Smith struggled to get regular games at Gold Coast over the past couple of seasons, falling behind the impressive Tom Nicholls in the ruck pecking order. However, his first three seasons for the Suns showed some real ability, including a very high finish in the Rising Star. Smith essentially takes the place of Dawson Simpson on the Geelong list, but expectations are much greater for Smith than they ever were for Simpson.
Daniel Currie to North Melbourne
North Melbourne value in = 610 points (pick 53).
Gold Coast value in = 314 points (Daniel Currie).
With much promise and little to show for it, Daniel Currie remains tough to ascertain the value of. Originally drafted by Sydney way back in 2006, Currie failed to get a game with the Swans, and was re-drafted by North in 2012. At North, he was stuck behind Todd Goldstein, who has been one oif the two or three best rucks in the competition in that timeframe. Gold Coast has gotten Currie in to compete for the top ruck position held by Nicholls, but they might be content if he can provide cover in case Nicholls gets injured.