Player Name: Ricky Henderson
Current Club: Adelaide
Potential Clubs: As an unrestricted free agent, who has been told he won’t be offered a new deal by his club, Henderson can choose where he wants to go. Collingwood, looking to add experience, could be in the mix, while Port Adelaide, Carlton and Essendon have been mentioned as possible destinations.
The Original Price: Henderson came to Adelaide via the 2008 rookie draft (No.10), then as a rookie promotion as pick No.82 in the 2010 draft. The Crows have invested considerable time in him, but given they may end up getting a late second round pick in compo should he find another club on a multi-year deal, they are in for a winning return regardless.
The Good: Henderson would bring two things to a new club, experience and versatility. He is 28 and has spent eight years in the AFL system since his rookie days. He is a true utility, and can play back or forward, while at 188cm, he is reasonable enough overhead as well. His average of 22.11 disposals in his nine matches this year is a career high.
The Bad: There’s a line in the film ‘In Bruges’ where a character is trying explain the concept of purgatory. It’s not bad and not good. ‘Like Tottenham’ he says. Ricky Henderson is Tottenham (or purgatory if you don’t get the English football reference). His career has been perfectly unremarkable and he has never played more than 20 games in a season.
What his club wants: If he manages to get himself a multi-year deal, the Crows could get a compensation pick in the second round. Not bad seeing he failed to trigger an option on his previous deal because he didn’t play enough games.
What he’s worth: It’s purely a money thing for any potential suitors. It’s hard to think there will be a mad rush for his services.
What we’d pay: If he wasn’t an unrestricted free agent, we’d rate him a mid-third round pick (44-49)
Possible Trade Scenarios: Not likely to feature in any trade, given his actual value looks to be lower than his value to Adelaide as a free agent.
The Verdict: It appears win-win for Henderson to find a new destination as a free agent. The Crows get something out of it and Henderson can choose where he goes. The only thing about the market is you need a buyer and a seller. There’s a question about the amount of interest in a 28-year-old utility who has played just 91 games in seven seasons,
Star Rating: 3/5 – Could be a valuable pick up for the right team.