Trade and FA

Premiership Bulldog crosses the Nullarbor

The Trade:

Bulldogs trade Joel Hamling, pick 40 and pick 63; Bulldogs receive pick 35, pick 43 and pick 61

Fremantle trade pick 35, pick 43 and pick 61; Fremantle receives Joel Hamling, pick 40 and pick 63

The Brief:

Homesick is a term we are hearing more often in the AFL landscape and not everybody is a fan. Joel Hamling yet another player who had requested a trade back to his home state this trade period. The difference with Hamling is that his request came after Fremantle tabled a big offer for his services, and after one of his best mates, Shane Kersten requested the same. With the deal now done the newly minted Premiership player can take up a key post in a rebuilding Fremantle side. He’ll play alongside ageing Dockers, Michael Johnson, Zac Dawson and Garrick Ibbotson and lead the backline as Fremantle progress through their “renovation”.

Club Trade Rating:

Bulldogs – Although the Bulldogs wouldn’t be too happy to be losing a premiership defender, they do face salary cap constraints as all their premiership players come out of contract in the coming years. They tend to find a way to cover any losses and we’d expect them to do so again.

Rating: 0. – evens. The Bulldogs have gotten fair value for Hamling and should be able to cover his loss quite well given their depth.

Fremantle – They’ve done well here Fremantle. Their key defensive unit are not getting any younger; Zac Dawson will be 31 before the 2017 season starts, Michael Johnson will be 32 and Garrick Ibbotson, 29. Joel Hamling will slot straight in as a leader in the backline as the Dockers’ ageing stars start to move on.

Rating: 0. – evens. We valued Hamling as in the range of pick 38-42 and that’s just about what Fremantle have paid given the sliding out of two later picks. 

Fantasy Impact:

Bulldogs – In terms of fantasy impact, there’s not a lot of change here. Hamling played 12 games this year and scored over 50 fantasy points on just two occasions. Marcus Adams – should he remain at the club – will be given a chance to fill the vacant spot left by Hamling while Bob Murphy will return from a knee injury. Zane Cordy may also see a move into the backline.

Fremantle – Hamling won’t increase his fantasy output with a club change. He’ll continue to play a lock-down role, although it’s unlikely he’ll take that number one defender mantle from Zac Dawson. Should Michael Johnson and Garrick Ibbotson remain fit, they’ll be able to provide plenty of run out of defence (Johnson) and find the space to take plenty of intercept marks (Ibbotson).

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