Trade and FA

McCarthy heads west as Fremantle and GWS swap picks

The Trade:

Fremantle trades pick 3; Fremantle receives Cam McCarthy, Pick 7, Pick 34 and Pick 72.

GWS trades Cam McCarthy, Pick 7, Pick 34 and Pick 72; GWS receives Pick 3.

The Brief:

Cam McCarthy wanted to return to his home state of Western Australia this time last year but GWS and Fremantle were not able to negotiate a trade that satisfied both parties. Battling since with personal issues, McCarthy has spent much of his time in 2016 in Perth training with South Fremantle. He’ll be happy to be able to officially move home now and will set his sights on once again playing senior football.

Club Trade Rating:

Fremantle – the Dockers should be over the moon. They’ve gotten themselves a key forward, something they were in desperate need of, and have gotten him basically for free. The picks swapped just about cancel themselves out in value 2234 points for pick 3 and 2205 points for picks 7, 34 and 72.

Rating: +2. – A big win here for Fremantle, they’ve bolstered their list in an area of need and sacrificed next to nothing.

GWS – the Giants will be keen to have this first part of their dealings done and will move on to bigger and better things during the trade period. The writing was on the wall regarding McCarthy early on and had not changed all year.

Rating: -2. – Technically GWS lose out here. While a move up the draft order might suit their trade strategy, they got less in return than McCarthy was worth. We valued him as a stand-alone second round pick.

Fantasy Impact:

Fremantle – McCarthy’s stock will most certainly rise from that of this year (nothing), though it’s hard to see him dominating. He’ll be the main man in the Fremantle forward line so will receive plenty of attention, but he will have some smooth movers delivering him the ball. The beneficiaries here are the likes of Ballantyne and Walters who will once again have a key forward to crumb around.

GWS – Given McCarthy didn’t play a game in 2016 for GWS, the playing list will be unaffected. If anything the likes of James Stewart and Rory Lobb (should they stay) will be more secure of their position in the side.

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