Player name: Mitch Grigg
Current club: Adelaide
Potential club: As it stands, Grigg has not officially requested a trade but is out of contract at the Crows. While Carlton has been mooted as a potential destination, Grigg could see himself join a multitude of clubs lacking outside run.
The original price: Adelaide selected Grigg with their second selection (pick 41) in the 2011 National Draft.
The Good: Grigg is a classy left footer, and at his best is an elite user of the ball. Playing predominantly on a wing, Grigg can also provide a forward threat with his ability to push forward at times. Despite not being able to crack Adelaide’s best 22, Grigg has shown glimpses of his talent, generally playing well when he gets the opportunity.
The Bad: Question marks have to be raised over whether Grigg is good enough for a sustained AFL career. At 23, he needs consistent games at senior level to prove he has what it takes. With Adelaide’s relative lack of injuries in 2016, Grigg was not given an opportunity this season despite some decent reserves level form. He has effectively missed a year of AFL football, and this is a concern irrespective of the reason.
What his club wants: Adelaide don’t have a lot of leverage here with Grigg, with his contract up at the end of the season. He was not named in the Crows’ initial round of delistings, which indicates that the club feels that he does have some value at the trade table. With Adelaide looking for a top level midfielder, Grigg alone will not nearly be enough – but could be involved in a pick plus player style trade.
What he’s worth: Grigg should slot into a lower ranked club’s starting 22 if given the opportunity, and his suitors know this. Adelaide traded Sam Kerridge and a pick as part of the deal to get Troy Menzel to the Crows, and Grigg’s value sits around Kerridge’s worth at the end of the 2015 season.
What we’d pay: Pick 37-42
Possible trade scenarios:
1. Carlton send their third selection (pick 41) to Adelaide in exchange for Mitch Grigg.
2. Adelaide trade Mitch Grigg, Jarryd Lyons and their first pick (13) to Brisbane for Tom Rockliff and Brisbane’s third selection (28).
The Verdict: Despite his undeniable talent, Grigg has fallen down the pecking order at the Crows thanks to the rise of Rory Atkins. The combination of zero games in 2016 and being out of contract has it as close to a certainty as possible that Grigg will not be at Adelaide next year. The Crows will let him go, either looking to pick up a late draft gem with the subsequent pick, or include Grigg as part of another trade deal.
Star rating: 2.5/5 – zero games and unable to break into a Danger-less Adelaide midfield in 2016 significantly lowers Grigg’s market value despite showing glimpses of ability.