Trade and FA

Stevens becomes a Saint

The Trade:

Western Bulldogs trade Koby Stevens, their 2017 fourth-round pick and pick 61; Western Bulldogs receive St Kilda’s 2017 fifth-round pick and pick 50

St Kilda trade their 2017 fifth-round pick and pick 50; St Kilda receive Koby Stevens, Western Bulldog’s fourth-round selection and pick 61

The Brief:

Both teams should be happy with this deal. The Saints get a ready-made inside midfielder with a mature body to compliment a reasonably young engine room, while the Bulldogs free up some valuable salary cap space and gain a valuable draft selection – to either be used to fill any perceived weaknesses with a mature player over the trade period, or add another talented young player in the National Draft.

Club Trade Rating:

Western Bulldogs – Although Stevens started the season in the Bulldog’s best 22 and in some very good form, an abdominal strain picked up in Round 9 saw him sidelined and unable to make his way back into the side until Round 16. He was omitted for the Round 20 clash against the Kangaroos and although recalled in the final round of the season was overlooked throughout the Bulldog’s finals’ campaign. After suddenly having 22 premiership players on their books the Bulldogs will need salary cap space more than they will need another inside midfielder, while Pick ? should nab them a very decent player – either during the trade period or in the National Draft.

Rating: -3. – The Bulldogs move up the latter ranks in both this years draft and next years however they’ve let go a quality player for very little.

St Kilda – With a fairly young and inexperienced midfield, Stevens will provide the Saints with a mature bodied midfielder who is strong in the contest, has got good hands and is a ferocious tackler. At 25 years of age, the Saints would be expecting at least 100 games out Stevens and will be hoping the injury concerns that have limited him to just 24 games over the last two seasons are a thing of the past. If that is the case, the Saints will have done very well out of this trade. If not, it becomes another reasonably high selection used on an established player they have gotten little out of over recent seasons.

Rating: +3. – St Kilda have done well here. They’ve brought in a player for no direct loss. The slide of late picks in this years and next years draft isn’t of great effect.

Fantasy Impact:

Western Bulldogs – With just 24 senior appearances to his name over the past two seasons, Stevens’ departure will have little if no impact on the vast majority of Bulldog’s players. Lin Jong may be the player most affected though as he was battling for an inside midfield role with Stevens, and with him re-signing and Stevens gone you would expect Jong to play more than the 16 games he played this year.

St Kilda – The player most affected by this trade in terms of fantasy output will be Stevens himself. The reasoning behind the move to the Saints is to get more senior opportunities, and if he can stay healthy that will be the case. Jack Steven is one Saint whose role may change somewhat as his pace may be used on the outside more so than this season. Whether it would have a negative or positive effect on Steven’s fantasy output remains to be seen.

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