Trade and FA

Palmer heads to third club

The Trade:

GWS trades Rhys Palmer; GWS receives pick 135

Carlton trades pick 135; Carlton receives Rhys Palmer

The Brief:

Palmer was not a name discussed in the lead up to the 2016 trade period, however it should not be a surprise that he’s on the move. The trade works for all parties, GWS need to cut down their salary expenditure, Carlton could do with Palmer in their forward half and Palmer himself gets the chance to play senior football again. The Giants’ recruitment of Steve Johnson saw him playing a lot of NEAFL football in 2016. Palmer would like his chances of seeing midfield minutes at Carlton as well.

Club Trade Rating:

GWS – The recruitment of Steve Johnson, the re-emergence of Toby Greene and the continued development of Devon Smith has kept Palmer out of the side, so moving him on makes sense for the Giants, especially with the flexibility of their midfield.

Rating: -3. – the Giants aren’t likely to use pick 135. They’ve given Palmer away for nothing. 

Carlton – The Blues will see the 28-year-old as a versatile recruit. Can help out in the midfield, play a defensive forward role and/or hit the scoreboard. Will provide some leadership at the club, especially given his relationships with all the ex-Giants players.

Rating: +3. – Carlton have gotten Palmer for free basically. They were unlikely to even use pick 135 in the National Draft

Fantasy Impact:

GWSPalmer’s exit doesn’t immediately affect the GWS starting squad, as he only cracked the senior side for 12 games this year. Their young recruits from this year – pick 2, Will Setterfield and Harry Perryman – and last will likely see plenty of game time with one less player competing for a spot in the 22.

Carlton – We’d expect Palmer to be a walk up start if he can pitch in in the midfield, however as a pure forward, he will have to fight for his position in the senior side with the likes of Dennis Armfield, Matthew Wright, Sam Kerridge and Liam Sumner.

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