Player Name: Steve Motlop
Current Club: Geelong Cats
Potential Club: It has been reported recently that Geelong would be happy to entertain the idea of trading Motlop should a club be interested in him. There are a raft of clubs that could use an x-factor type player, like Motlop, to compete for a premiership immediately, although his main suitor may not yet be in that position. Richmond was reportedly interested in Motlop last year and will look into the option of a trade again in 2016.
The original price: Geelong drafted Motlop with pick 39 in the 2008 National Draft, a pick they received from Essendon as a straight swap for Brent Prismall.
The Good: He’s got the skill-set to be a match-winner. Quick, creative and dynamic around goal. The 25-year-old is more than just a small forward, he provides great run and carry through the middle of the ground as well. Highly rated at the club, he placed second in Geelong’s best and fairest in 2015. Yet to show the football world all he’s got, there’s plenty of x-factor and a heap of upside for Motlop.
The Bad: Consistency and fitness have been the two big knocks on Motlop throughout his career. Most recently his fitness came under the microscope when he showed up to pre-season carrying a few extra kilos. Motlop’s struggle throughout 2016, however, has been for consistency in performance. In the shadows of Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood, he’s been able to hide his hot and cold output somewhat, but if at a club where he’ll be in the spotlight he’ll need to rectify that quickly.
What his club wants: Still entrenched in a finals campaign, Geelong has not made a public comment about the availability of Motlop, nor what the club would expect to receive should a trade occur. With their premiership window wide open, the Cats would likely prefer a ready-made player who can fill a need. That need should Motlop exit the club, could be a pacy goal-kicker with some class.
What he’s worth: He’s worth around $500,000 to Geelong at present, came second in their 2015 best and fairest and is contracted until the end of 2017, so should he be traded his value will need to reflect that. He commands a first-round draft selection based on this alone, take into account the fact that he could well be a match-winner and a pick not far out of the top 10 is certainly feasible.
What we’d pay: A late first-round selection, around Pick 15 – 20
Possible trade scenarios:
- Geelong trades Steve Motlop to Richmond for Brett Deledio.
The Verdict: A trade for Motlop, given he is currently contracted, would be entirely dependent on his willingness to change clubs. Should he wish to remain at Geelong, the club won’t be too upset. A player of his ilk is what Geelong needs, they’d just like to see a bit more consistency, especially while they’re well and truly in a premiership window.
Star Rating: 4/5
Whichever club can snare Motlop could well get themselves a bargain if he can improve in the areas he’s lacking. It’s a big ‘if’ at this stage, however.