Trade and FA

Jarrod at Witts end, joins Gold Coast

The Trade:

Collingwood trades Jarrod Witts; Collingwood receives pick 44 and 62

Gold Coast trades pick 44 and 62; Gold Coast receives Jarrod Witts

The Brief:

With Brodie Grundy well and truly establishing himself as the Magpies’ number one ruckman, Jarrod Witts struggled to get a game in 2016, playing just the two. Although the 24-year-old will be pleased to to get a new lease on his football life at the Suns, it was less than 12 months ago that he declared his love for the Collingwood Football Club. Alongside Tom Nicholls and two-meter Peter Wright, Witts will be a part of a very tall and versatile ruck/forward trio. He’ll have to work hard to convince Coach Rodney Eade that all three can play in the one side, but if he can, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.

Club Trade Rating:

Collingwood – Any picks coming in to the Collingwood Football Club help them land their father-son selections, so they’ll be happy here. Witt wasn’t able to break into the senior team and Collingwood aren’t in dire straights for ruck depth.

Rating: +1. – Collingwood have done well here. Pick 44 for Witts is about right and with pick 64 as well they’ve added a lot of points to use on father-sons Callum Brown and Josh Daicos.

Gold Coast – The Suns have an abundance of draft picks so can comfortably afford to use them to secure ready made players. They’ve got plenty of points to secure their academy players and with the likely loss of Dion Prestia and Jaeger O’Meara mature age players are a must.

Rating: -1. – Hard to mark the Suns down here given the abundance of picks at their disposal, but they’ve paid slightly overs for Witts.

Fantasy Impact:

Collingwood – The Pies have lost a bit of ruck depth with Witts leaving but they’ve got one of the best young ruckmen in the competition in Brodie Grundy who can take 90% of the ruck load. Mason Cox exploded onto the scene in 2016 and will be able to back Grundy up throughout the year as he continues to learn the intricacies of the game. With the exit of Jarrod Witts on top of the likely exit of Travis Cloke, Mason Cox gets a real chance to play 22 games in 2017. Plenty of pressure will be on young forward Darcy Moore but he’s expected to grow in stature as the Pies main man.

Gold Coast – The Suns add another very very tall player to their list. 209cm Jarrod Witts will join Tom Nicholls and Peter Wright, both 203cm, in a very tall yet mobile ruck department. Wright’s ability to play as a key forward means that Witts and Nicholls could conceivably share the ruck duties in 2017. If a three-ruck setup is the plan at the Suns, Tom Nicholls and Peter Wright could see a decline in fantasy output, but Tom Lynch and the Suns’ small forwards will benefit greatly.

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