Player Name: Dean Towers
Current Club: Sydney Swans
Potential Club: There’s interest in Towers from a number of Victorian clubs however, the Brisbane Lions seem to be leading the way.
The original price: Towers was drafted with Sydney’s first selection in the 2012 National Draft, pick 22.
The Good: Although the 26-year-old has only played 30 career games, it’s not for lack of talent. Towers is a decent sized utility who is just starting to hit his straps. He had an excellent NAB Challenge this year playing primarily as a ball-winning half forward. He’s very athletic and still sits in second place – to undrafted Marvin Baynham – in the Draft Combine records for standing vertical jump.
The Bad: He’s taken a long long time to develop. He was 22 years old when drafted as a mature aged player and has struggled to break into Sydney’s best 22. In fairness to him, he has been behind the likes of Lance Franklin, Kurt Tippett, Sam Reid, Adam Goodes and Isaac Heeney in terms of medium/tall forwards. Now at 26 and still yet to complete a full season at AFL level, clubs will doubt his abilities.
What his club wants: Sydney have been missing a line-breaking defender since Rhys Shaw retired. They also don’t have a lot of salary cap space to play with and Towers won’t free much up at all so they may prefer a draft pick rather than a player.
What he’s worth: There’ll be clubs willing to give him a chance, but not willing to give up a great deal to secure him, a third or even fourth-round draft pick sounds about right depending on the club. He’s not without promise, Towers, but the fact is he’s 26 years old and hasn’t played a lot of senior football.
What we’d pay: A mid third-round selection, around pick 45-49.
Possible trade scenarios:
- Sydney trade Towers to Brisbane for pick 47.
- Sydney trade Towers & Toby Nankervis to Richmond for Reece Conca and pick 60.
- Sydney trade Towers & pick 53 to Carlton for Zach Tuohy.
The Verdict: It seems to be that any player who remains uncontracted at this time of year is more likely than not to end up changing clubs during the trade period, and Towers may be no different.
Star Rating: 2.5/5