Trade and FA

St Kilda add another Jack to their list

The Trade:

GWS trades Jack Steele; GWS receives St Kilda’s 2017 second-round draft pick

St Kilda trades it’s 2017 second-round draft pick; St Kilda receives Jack Steele

The Brief:

Jack Steele was long rumoured to be seeking greater opportunities at a club other than GWS and eventually requested a trade to St Kilda. He’ll be happy with his decision, he’s landed where he wanted and will add some grunt to a classy St Kilda midfield.

Club Trade Rating:

GWS – the Giants couldn’t hold on to Steele, as has been the problem for the club for the past few years. It’s expected with a tight salary cap and so many talented players. They will be happy that they’ve cleared some salary cap space but they wanted 2016 draft picks so they’ve lost out there.

Rating: 0. – evens. A mid-second round pick is about right here. St Kilda finished 9th in 2016 and could climb into the eight so the value could push out from the 25-28 range into the 30s.

St Kilda – the Saints have acquired a hard-nosed midfielder with a bit of body about him, something they could do with. Alongside Luke Dunstan, Steele will play a pivotal role in St Kilda’s midfield and give them options forward.

Rating: 0. – evens. They’ll back themselves to play finals next year and feel they’ve gotten good value for Steele. The reality is, football’s a tough game and you never know, but this gamble could pay off.

Fantasy Impact:

GWS – Although he only managed just the 10 games for the Giants in 2016, he won’t compete for positions next year, so expect young recruits such as Jacob Hopper and Matthew Kennedy to be given more opportunities.

St Kilda – Steele slots right into the St Kilda midfield. His fantasy output should increase, as should his games played. His inclusion may affect the likes of utility Blake Acres and perhaps even tough midfielder Luke Dunstan, but we’d expect the latter to continue to improve.

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