Trade and FA

Carlton secure GWS duo

The Trade:

Carlton trades pick 45, pick 58 and a 2017 first-round pick; Carlton receives Caleb Marchbank, Jarrod Pickett and 2017 second-round pick

GWS trades Caleb Marchbank, Jarrod Pickett and a 2017 second-round pick; GWS receives pick 45, pick 58 and a 2017 first-round pick

The Brief:

Nine days before the Giants competed in their maiden Final, Caleb Marchbank requested a trade. He impressed in his seven games for the Giants, showing enough to suggest he’ll be able to hold down a key defensive post. Carlton List Manager Stephen Silvagni has long courted a number of GWS youngsters, players he recruited in his time at the Giants and Marchbank is one he’s won over. He’ll be happy, Marchbank. He’ll slot into the Carlton backline alongside former number one draft pick Jacob Weitering and the pair will play together for the next 10+ years.

Jarrod Pickett is another Giant who had requested a trade to Carlton. It’s not a move home for Western Australian product Pickett, it’s a move for greater opportunity. He’ll be given his chance to show his skills through the midfield at Carlton as well as inside forward 50.

Club Trade Rating:

Carlton – Well Carlton have gotten their men. They’ll be rapt to pair Marchbank with Jacob Weitering in their backline, setting them up with a long-term partnership. Pickett adds pace and class, and potentially another avenue to goal. With Jack Silvagni the club has a dangerous duo on their hands. The Blues were loathed to give up pick 5 to the Giants but will be happy that

Rating: +1. – it’s a tough one to judge but Carlton score two former first-round draft picks for little more than third-round picks. They’ve done well.

GWS – The Giants have lost a promising young defender but have some depth in that area. Marchbank’s loss affects the club in that sense alone, Pickett not at all. They’ve done well to package the pair up and bring in a number of draft picks.

Rating: -1. – perhaps a bit harsh on GWS here but moving considering that they value points very highly, but they’ve lost two quality young players.

Fantasy Impact:

Carlton – Marchbank himself gets plenty of opportunity at Carlton but as a young key defender in a side that may well struggle for the next couple of years, we don’t expect his fantasy output to be anything special. Pickett could well be a fantasy stud, but the fact is, we just don’t know yet. Given consistent senior games he could be a good late option for fantasy coaches.

GWS – The loss of Marchbank and Pickett doesn’t have any direct impact of the fantasy outputs of Giants players as both youngsters were not getting regular games in the senior side this year. What Marchbank’s exit does do is allow an easier path for Tom Mohr’s return to football, allow Jeremy Finlayson to make his debut or see Aidan Corr grace the GWS backline once more.

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