Player Name: Nathan Hrovat
Potential Club: There isn’t much information at this stage, but mid-range clubs like St Kilda and Melbourne have been linked as good fits. Someone like Geelong who are looking for outside midfielders and speed might also be interested.
Original Price: Hrovat was originally taken with pick 21 in the 2012 National Draft.
The Good: The young Bulldog has been highly rated for a long time now, but has found himself stuck behind a lot of similar style players. He can play as both a high half forward and through the midfield meaning he has a few strings to his bow. He’s an accumulator of the ball as well when given the opportunity.
The Bad: Hrovat hasn’t had a clean bill of health for quite a while now and that makes it hard to gauge his value. He played four games at AFL level this season, but on top of that, only five VFL matches.
What his club wants: Unfortunately, this year’s premiers won’t be able to put their foot down with this one as Hrovat clearly isn’t in their best 22. He played no part in their finals campaign, despite playing the final four games of the season and the likes of Daniel, Dunkley and Smith have gone passed him.
What we’d pay: 31-36
As already mentioned, his lack of game time across 2016, and even 2015, hurts his value. A third round pick seems sufficient to get the job done. He may be worth slightly more, but the Bulldogs aren’t in a position to push for a better deal.
Possible Trade Scenarios:
Hrovat to St Kilda for pick 46.
Hrovat and 54 to Melbourne for pick 26 and 62.
Hrovat to Geelong for pick 34.
Verdict: Nathan Hrovat is probably worth more than a pick in the 40’s, but as the Bulldogs won’t have much leverage in this trade, coupled with neither St Kilda nor Melbourne having a pick in the 30’s, it might be what simply gets the deal done.
Star Rating: 3/5