Trade and FA

Another veteran Hawk to leave the nest?

JORDAN_LEWIS

Player Name: Jordan Lewis

Current Club: Hawthorn

Potential Club: In the second big shock to come out of Hawthorn this week, it was revealed that Melbourne had recently met with Jordan Lewis’s manager Liam Pickering and had come to an arrangement for Lewis to make a move to the Demons in the trade period.

However, the deal was scuttled by the Hawks after the surprise move of Sam Mitchell to West Coast. Yet despite denials from Hawks’ List Manager Graeme Wright as late as Friday afternoon that Lewis was a required player the reports are not slowing down, and included Pickering meeting with Melbourne’s General Manager of Football Operations Josh Mahoney on Friday morning.

The Original Price: Lewis was taken at pick seven in the 2004 National Draft.

The Good: Lewis is in the upper echelon of midfielders in the AFL. He finished second in the Hawks 2016 Best and Fairest Award only a week or so ago, and is a four-time premiership player. He can play both inside and out, while he also has a lethal left foot and can go forward and kick goals. He is also a model citizen and would provide invaluable leadership to the Demon’s young list.

The Bad: There is not a lot of bad that comes with Lewis, except perhaps for his age of 30, so he may not still be around when the Demons could be competing for a flag. Lewis has never been overly endowed by pace, but like his now ex-team mate in Sam Mitchell, his nous around the ground more than makes up for it.

What his club wants: Given Sam Mitchell was traded to West Coast for virtually nothing, it is hard to know what the Hawks would ask for Lewis. On ability alone, he is worth a late first to early second rounder, yet Mitchell was arguably worth a little more and went for what was essentially pick 88.

What he’s worth:  As stated above, Lewis is worth a late first to early second round selection. At 30 years of age, he still has a good two to three seasons of senior football left in him and brings not only his ability as a player, but priceless experience as one of the leaders of a highly successful team.

What we’d pay: Late first-round pick 14-18

Possible trade scenarios:

  1. Hawthorn trade Jordan Lewis to Melbourne for pick 28 and 48
  2. Hawthorn trade Jordan Lewis to Melbourne for 2017 first-round selection

The Verdict: The surprises keep coming this trade period and Lewis leaving the Hawks would be only second to Mitchell’s departure to the Eagles. Not only would the Demons gain an exceptional midfielder, the veteran Hawk would provide invaluable leadership to what is essentially a young and upcoming side with very little finals’ experience.

Star Rating: 4/5

 

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