Trade and FA

New Horizons for Hamling


Player Name: Joel Hamling

Current Club: Western Bulldogs

Potential Club: His stellar 2016 season has caught the eye of Fremantle who are looking to add key position players to their ageing list.

The Original Price: Joel Hamling was originally drafted by Geelong with pick 32 in the 2011 National Draft, he was then recruited to the Western Bulldogs as a delisted free agent in 2014.

The Good: The key defender has gained many plaudits after his 2016 season. With injuries to key defenders, he got his opportunity late in the season where he was able to hold a key defensive post and is now a premiership player. His ability to reduce the influence of Lance Franklin on Grand Final day had a major say on the contest, he barely lost a one on one dual and went toe to toe with one of the most daunting prospects in footy.

The Bad: There are questions about his durability as he is yet to consistently play week in week out over the course of an AFL season on the best forwards in the competition. His one-percenters are his biggest asset as an old fashioned type of defender, averaging just the 10 disposals a game he still has a lot to learn if he wants to become offensively dangerous as a footballer.

What his club wants: With the return of Marcus Adams, Matthew Suckling, Jack Redpath and skipper Robert Murphy in season 2016, Hamling may again find himself down the pecking order with regards to selection. If he was to leave for more senior opportunities the Bulldogs would probably request a third-round pick between 38-42 for his services or package him up with a draft pick to move up the draft order.

What he’s worth: The 23-year-old is out-of-contract and is reportedly torn about his future, he has plenty of senior footy ahead of him and would start as a key defender at a number of rival clubs.

What we’d pay: Early third-round pick

Possible trade scenarios:

  1. Western Bulldogs trade Joel Hamling to Fremantle for pick 43
  2. Western Bulldogs trade Joel Hamling and pick 63 to Fremantle for pick 35

The Verdict: After five years without consistent senior opportunities nobody would begrudge the WA native for returning home. Stay and he could have another season in limbo, in and out of the side with more senior players ahead of him. He’ll have to make his mind up quickly though as Fremantle are focused on a number of other trades and would need time to get the deal done.

Star Rating: 3/5

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