Market Value: Jack Frost
Current Club: Collingwood
Potential Club: Brisbane have showed some interest in the Collingwood defender. The Lions will be looking to fill the void for the retiring Daniel Merrett. Frost will have his work cut out at the Lions, who leaked goals to key forwards in 2016. A fresh start up in Brisbane will be good for Frost and the Lions.
The Good: The former rookie played plenty of footy for the Pies, 54 games since this arrival in 2013, largely due to the absence of Lachie Keeffe due to suspension and Ben Reid to injury. He’s shown that he’s more than capable at the senior level, which is what the Lions are looking for.
The Bad: Frost lost his place in the senior side during the year, not playing an AFL game after Round 12, mainly due to Nathan Brown and Ben Reid remaining injury free and the Magpies preferring Jonathan Marsh in place of Frost. He’s an old school full back, and in the modern game his style is a bit one dimensional at times. He doesn’t have a lot of additional strings to his bow unlike a lot of other emerging defenders in the AFL.
What his club wants: Collingwood would be looking at the Lions third round pick as a possibility. Although it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Magpies use Frost to try to upgrade the picks they currently have in the draft, considering they don’t currently hold a first rounder. But with the Magpies openly stating they lack a goal kicking pressure small forward, Josh Green could be sent the other way to the Holden Centre.
The caveat: With Nathan Brown rumoured to be leaving the club via free agency, surely the Magpies would have depth issues in defense if they chose to part with Frost and Brown in the same trade period. Lachie Keeffe is returning from suspension, but he was in and out of the VFL when he was playing. Wouldn’t surprise me to see the Magpies invest in a young defender through the draft.
What he’s worth: Considering his experience at the senior level and the fact he’s got age on his side I’d say a pick in the late 30’s or early 40’s will be enough to get a deal done here.
What we’d pay: Pick 34-39
Possible trade scenarios:
1. Brisbane trade pick 28 for Jack Frost and pick 43
2. Brisbane trade pick 20 for Jack Frost and Pick 25
3. Brisbane trade Josh Green for Jack Frost
The Verdict: This shouldn’t be a difficult trade to facilitate. This one might be done early on in the trade period.
Star Rating: 3.0/5
Frost is a player that could be an asset for the Lions. He’s not going to be the missing piece to turn them into a successful side overnight, but the underrated defender could very well be a piece to the puzzle for the Lions to turn things around.