Trade and FA

Roos hop on Hrovat

The Trade:

Western Bulldogs trades Nathan Hrovat and their 2017 fourth-round pick and 2017 fourth-round pick; Western Bulldogs receives North Melbourne’s 2017 third-round pick and 2017 fourth-round pick

North Melbourne trades it’s 2017 third-round pick; North Melbourne receives Nathan Hrovat and Western Bulldogs’ 2017 fourth-round pick.

The Brief:

Having played just four games this year, Hrovat will be happy with a move across the city. In a now young North Melbourne team, 22-year-old Hrovat will have a chance to develop, as a midfielder/forward and play consistent senior football.

Club Trade Rating:

Western Bulldogs – Given Hrovat was uncontracted at the Bulldogs there wasn’t a lot the club could do to keep him on the list. They’ve got a raft of young versatile players so should still retain great depth on their list.

Rating: -1. – They’ve been raided here. They’ll expect to finish in the top four again so will move up to from the end of the third and fourth round next year but haven’t gained anything extra for Hrovat.

North Melbourne – After the clean out at North Melbourne and the exit of Daniel Wells, the club looks set to rebuild and Hrovat certainly adds something to the team across half forward and through the midfield.

Rating: +1. – They’ve done well here. Although they’ll back themselves in to to finish close to the top eight that’s unlikely. A couple of pick slides for a player is a good deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Western Bulldogs – The loss of Hrovat probably affects Footscray’s chances of winning back to back VFL premierships more than it does the senior side. Fringe players like Lin Jong should play more games in 2017 and with more games usually comes a better fantasy output.

North Melbourne – Hrovat plays plenty of games in 2017 at North Melbourne and with the Roos expected to slide down the ladder he’ll likely get his hands on the football more than he did when he played with the Bulldogs. He’s capable of pushing triple figures in all fantasy formats.

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