Player Name: Jack Steele
Current Club: GWS
Potential Clubs: A whole host of Victorian clubs are interested in Steele. St Kilda, Carlton and Essendon would be leading the race at the moment for the 20-year-old midfielder, but Richmond is still very keen.
The original price: Steele has been at the Giants for two seasons, having been selected with pick 24 in the 2014 draft.
The good: Steele is a very good talent who has great potential at senior level. He played perhaps his best AFL game against Hawthorn in Round 6, where he showed how good he can be through the centre with his tackling and clearance ability. His NEAFL form highlights just how damaging he can be, having averaged 36 disposals and eight tackles in 10 matches, while also kicking 15 goals. Steele is also a smart forward when resting in attack, which only increases his potential.
The bad: It has only been two seasons since he was drafted, so there is still a little question mark on whether Steele’s reserves and junior form can translate into very good performances at senior level. His kicking is still a bit of an issue, but he continues to work hard on getting up to a solid standard.
What his club wants: The Giants again have a number of players they’ll want to get through their academy, and while they have five picks in the first two rounds, the club will be hoping to add another second round selection if Steele were to leave. He is out of contract.
What he’s worth: GWS won’t be unreasonable with Steele if he wants to leave. His value is around the same as when he was first drafted, as the lack of midfield time at the Giants puts a question mark around his potential. A mid-second round pick seems right.
What we’d pay: Pick 25-30
Possible trade scenarios
- St Kilda trades its first selection overall (pick 10) to GWS, GWS sends Caleb Marchbank and Jack Steele to St Kilda
- Carlton trades its second selection overall (pick 23) to GWS in exchange for Jack Steele
- Essendon trades its second selection overall (pick 19) to GWS, GWS sends Jack Steele and Adelaide’s second selection overall (pick 32) acquired in a 2015 trade, to St Kilda
The verdict: With the sheer amount of interest in Steele, it’s hard to imagine that he’ll stay at the Giants. These clubs chasing him will be offering a spot in their best 22, and much more midfield time, which is what the 20-year-old would be looking for. GWS would prefer to keep him, but their depth is elite and trading him would only help them in selecting the players they’re entitled to through their academy.
Star rating: 3.5/5 – Jack Steele has the ability to become an outstanding player, but he’ll need some consistent time at AFL level before he can show the competition how good he really is.