Player Name: Kobe Stevens
Current Club: Western Bulldogs
Potential Club: St Kilda and Essendon are his main suitors.
The Original Price: Stevens was originally draft by West Coast with overall selection 23 in the 2009 National Draft. He requested a trade to the Bulldogs at the end of the 2012 season. The Eagles obliged taking pick 43 for the midfielder.
The Good: Like most of the Bulldogs outfit, his ferocity at the contest is a real strength. He’s got good hands and he tackles well. He’s averaged over 20 disposals per game over the past two years, so has no trouble finding the football. At 189cm tall, he’s a good sized midfielder with a strong body. There’s no doubt being part of a successful team, playing or no, has a positive effect on a player as well.
The Bad: He hasn’t played a lot of senior football in recent years. He managed just 12 games this year and 12 games in an injury interrupted 2015 and at 25 years old, clubs would be expecting a 100+ game player. He’s not known to hit the scoreboard; he kicked only 9 goals in the past two years.
What His Club Wants: With such even depth on their playing list, 22 new premiership players and having recently re-signed Lin Jong, the Bulldogs would be looking to keep their salary cap intact. There will be a period of years now where Dogs players deserve hefty pay increases, managing that well is of the most importance. A draft pick in return for Stevens will only help here.
What He’s Worth: He couldn’t break into the premiership team, but he was second only to Jong in the Bulldogs’ VFL premiership win, so he does hold some value.
What We’d Pay: A mid-second-round draft pick, around pick 25-30.
Possible Trade Scenarios:
- Bulldogs trade Stevens to St Kilda for the Saints’ 2017 second-round selection.
- Bulldogs trade Stevens to Essendon for pick 38.
The Verdict: There’ll be plenty of opportunities for Stevens to play senior football in 2017 should he remain at the Bulldogs, but their list is such that he’s no guarantee to have a secure spot come September. A trade to either Essendon or St Kilda will present him with greater opportunity.
Star Rating: 3/5