Trade and FA

Hoskin-Elliott becomes a Magpie

The Trade:

Greater Western Sydney trade Will Hoskin-Elliott for a second round pick in the 2017 draft.

The Brief:

Hoskin-Elliott was always mooted as a target for the Pies and the only surprise is that is took until the final day to get done. The Giants had some need to clear some space in the salary cap. The Pies, who now have Gubby Allen as football chief, did have to wait to see what pick they would be able to offer and in the end, they pushed the impact back to next year by agreeing it would be a second round pick for 2017.

Club Trade Rating:

Greater Western Sydney  – Hoskin-Elliott was No.4 pick as an inaugural draftee at the Giants and at the end of 2014, having played 39 games in his first three seasons, he looked a future star. But injury and inconsistency have cost him over the past couple of years. He played just 11 games in 2015 and then only played the first two games this year before falling from favour. The Giants have again done well from this deal swapping out a player who has not progressed as hoped with a future second round pick

Rating: +1:

Collingwood – The Pies will back themselves to re-invigorate Hoskin-Elliott’s career after a couple of stagnant years but they have probably paid overs. We had Hoskin-Elliott rated a low-30s pick, but the Pies have probably paid high 30s depending on where they finish next year. What the Pies do get is an injection of pace in the midfield, which is something they have missed and Hoskin-Elliott will feel confident he can make a bigger impact in the Pies’ on-ball brigade than he did at his original home.

Rating: -1:

Fantasy Impact:

GWS – There is little change in terms of fantasy output at the Giants, who have a wealth of midfielders, most of which were rated higher by the club than Hoskin-Elliott. Collingwood – Fantasy players will be watching Hoskin-Elliott very closely in the pre-season to see how he shapes up for the Pies. A strong pre-season, with consistent form and fitness could see him become a regular for Collingwood. However, he is not a prolific fantasy scorer, so most will wait and see.

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