Hawthorn trades Jordan Lewis and picks 57 and 68; Hawthorn receives picks 48 and 66
Melbourne trades pick 48 and 66; Melbourne receives Jordan Lewis and picks 57 and 68
It’s been a media circus ever since news emerged that Hawthorn would trade Sam Mitchell to West Coast. Lewis was reportedly not happy with a conversation he had with coach Alastair Clarkson about his future at the Hawthorn Football Club. Reading the tea leaves, Lewis approached Melbourne and came to an agreement on a deal only for Hawthorn to initially decline a trade and declare Lewis a required player. At Melbourne, Lewis will have a leadership role alongside Demons captain Nathan Jones and will slot straight into a midfield consisting of Jones, Jack Viney, Bernie Vince and Dom Tyson.
Club Trade Rating:
Hawthorn – It may be part of Hawthorn’s list rejuvenation, or it may be their plan to get rid of two older players a year, but they’ve taken a big risk getting rid of 30-year-old Lewis so early. While the club handled the exit of club champion Mitchell well, Lewis – runner-up in Hawthorn’s Best & Fairest – is another story, and the fan backlash has been strong.
Rating: -5 – The Hawks haven’t gotten fair value here. They’ve lost a leader and a good ball user and it could come back to bite them. Essentially they’ve moved up nine places in the third round and two place in the fourth round of the National Draft. That’s practically nothing.
Melbourne – When a four-time premiership player comes to your club above all others and requests a trade, you know you’re on the right track. The Demons should be very happy. They’ve gotten themselves a quality player and haven’t really compromised an already weak draft position. Lewis is a leader, with Melbourne likely to lose a number of leaders – Chris Dawes, Jack Grimes, Heritier Lumumba – this off-season, they’ve done extremely well to bring one in.
Rating: +5 – They’ve done well here, Melbourne. They’ll expect Lewis to play for at least another three years and have paid unders if that is the case, in fact they’ve given up next to nothing. Really savvy recruiting from Melbourne.
Hawthorn – With Lewis leaving the club a lot of fantasy points leave with him. He was never the big ball winner that Sam Mitchell was, be he was always good for 25-30 possessions. Isaac Smith, Tom Mitchell and likely recruit Jaeger O’Meara will need to pick up the slack here and young midfielders Billy Hartung and Jono O’Rourke will get their chances to find more of the footy.
Melbourne – The Demons are flush with inside, contested players and this should allow Lewis to get the ball in space and use it well with his classy left foot. He’ll enjoy kicking the ball down the throat of one of the best young forwards in the game, Jesse Hogan. Hogan will also benefit from having Lewis in the field. Expect to see him on the move more often and taking more marks on the lead.