Sport AFL AFL trade period heats up as McGovern joins the Blues

AFL trade period heats up as McGovern joins the Blues

Mitch McGovern Adelaide
McGovern has played 48 matches for the Crows. Photo: Getty
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Adelaide forward Mitch McGovern, Sydney speedster Gary Rohan, Port Adelaide star Jared Polec and St Kilda ruckman Tom Hickey have all found new AFL homes.

Hickey’s shift to West Coast is the latest deal to be completed on a busy third day of the league’s trade period.

The Eagles, desperate to beef up their ruck depth given Scott Lycett’s departure and Nic Naitanui’s knee injury, offloaded pick No.39 and a future fourth-round pick in exchange for Hickey, pick No.60 and a future fourth-round pick.

The Blues acquired McGovern and a future third-round pick from the Crows.

Adelaide’s compensation for losing the 23-year-old McGovern was the Swans’ first-round pick (No.13), a future fifth-round selection from Carlton plus SANFL talent Shane McAdam (one of the Blues’ pre-draft access picks).

Sydney received picks No.26 and No.28 from the Blues, and No.40 from the Crows.

The Swans also completed deals with North Melbourne and Geelong, essentially trading Rohan for hard-running Ryan Clarke from the Kangaroos.

The Cats swapped pick No.61 for Rohan. The Swans then on-traded that fourth-round selection to North in exchange for Clarke.

Port parted with Polec, Jasper Pittard and pick No.48 in exchange for the Kangaroos’ pick No.11 and a future fourth-round selection.

Wednesday’s trading activity commenced with Brisbane offloading picks No.24, No.58 and No.79 to Gold Coast in exchange for selections No.32, No.41, No.44 and No.77.

The Lions, who signed Geelong’s Lincoln McCarthy on Monday, are ramping up their pursuit of Fremantle’s reigning best and fairest Lachie Neale.

Brisbane may use the additional pick to help ensure they ward off rival bidders and recruit academy prospect Connor McFadyen in the draft.

Sydney, who are set to sign highly-rated academy player Nick Blakey, are another club keen to shore up their position in the draft.