Player Name: Shane Kersten
Current Club: Geelong Cats
Potential Club: He’s from Western Australia so Fremantle and West Coast are the two main suitors, the former in desperate need of key forwards.
The Original Price: Kersten was taken with pick 34 in the 2011 National Draft. That draft pick originally came from Brisbane via Gold Coast in a three-way trade.
The Good: Although he hasn’t had a consistent run at senior football thus far in his career, he did manage 17 games for Geelong in 2016. At only 191cm he has the ability to play tall and a good set of hands while he’s no slouch at ground level. His work rate has increased markedly this year and at only 23 years of age and approaching 50 games, he is coming right into his prime.
The Bad: He really plays at odds with his height. The knock on him is that he doesn’t get enough of the ball for a smaller big man and he doesn’t kick enough goals as a key player.
What His Club Wants: Draft picks. If Kersten wants to go home to WA, Geelong will get the deal done whatever it takes, they’ll probably be a second-round draft pick however Fremantle don’t have one to offer. Geelong has also been linked to Hayden Ballantyne, so he may come into the mix as well.
What He’s Worth: His ability overhead as well as when the ball hits the deck, coupled with his age provide real value to a club that can give him a consistent run at senior level football. He would be expected to improve as well and has plenty of football ahead of him. A mid to late second-round selection seems about right given the need for key forwards.
What We’d Pay: A mid second-round selection, pick 28-33.
Possible Trade Scenarios:
- Geelong trades Kersten to West Coast for pick 30.
- Geelong trades Kersten to Fremantle for Hayden Ballantyne.
- Geelong trades Kersten to Fremantle for their 2017 second-round draft pick.
The Verdict: This one is simple, if Kersten requests a trade back home to WA, expect it to get done. Geelong is renowned for being easy to deal with at the trade table and respectful of their player’s wishes. Another year of development and a few more games under his belt, Kersten could be kicking bags against the Cats in 2017.
Star Rating: 3.5/5
He’ll fly under the radar this trade period, quietly changing clubs but he’ll be a fantastic pickup for one of the Western Australian teams and, should he continue to develop, a bargain.