Trade and FA

Prestia finally joins Tigers


The Trade:

Gold Coast Suns trade Dion Prestia and pick 24: Gold Coast receives pick 6 and Richmond’s 2017 second-round selection.

Richmond trade pick 6 and their 2017 second-round selection: Richmond receives Dion Prestia and pick 24.

The Brief:

Dion Prestia announced he wanted to leave the Suns for Richmond before the completion of the home and away season. Finally landing a big fish after so many failed attempts the Tigers did not let the excitement of the occasion get the better of them, as despite it seeming a simple case of trading their first selection of pick six for Prestia with a return of a lower selection or two, this trade has dragged out for over a week and held up a number of other transactions taking place. In the end, the Tigers essentially payed pick six for Prestia and could have done so a week ago.

Club Trade Rating:

Gold Coast – Prestia was taken with pick nine in the 2010 National Draft and has since made 95 senior appearances. Injuries have limited him to just 22 games in the past two seasons, but in the two years prior to that, he was placed third and second in the club’s best and fairest award. Given his talent and age, Prestia is worth a top 10 selection, and that is what the Suns have received. The swapping of second round selections also suits the Suns, as they have plenty of selections this year and bank a valuable second rounder to use in 2017.

Rating: +1:

Richmond – The Tigers have finally gotten their man, and although the price was a hefty one it could be well worth it. Currently, only two of their midfielders are considered above average by Champion Data and that is well down on the vast majority of sides – particularly those in the top eight. Prestia brings some much-needed class to their engine room but they have paid slightly overs for that.

Rating: -1:

Fantasy Impact:

Gold Coast – Prestia leaving will mean Touk Miller will continue to spend more time in the midfield and should improve on his fantasy average of 2015. However, although the Suns lose Prestia they should regain Ablett and Rischitelli who spent large chunks of the season sidelined with injury, so some of the younger Suns such as Shaw who was used more in the middle this season because of missing personnel may not spend so much time there in 2016. Much will also depend on who the Suns bring in for their other young gun in Jaeger O’Meara.

Richmond – Prestia will probably need time to settle in to his new club, so his own fantasy output may be affected early on, but should improve as the season progresses. Trent Cotchin will appreciate having another quality midfielder alongside him, while it may also free up Dustin Martin to either spend more time up forward, or even across half back as he did at times in 2015.

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