AFL trades: Bombers are red hot

ESSENDON has suffered through one of the toughest periods ever faced by an AFL club in recent years but brighter days

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ESSENDON has suffered through one of the toughest periods ever faced by an AFL club in recent years but brighter days are ahead.

At least in the view of three key players in this year’s trade window who have reportedly earmarked the Bombers as their preferred destination.

Greater Western Sydney forward Devon Smith got the ball rolling this morning when Fox Sports Australia’s Jake Niall reported his interest in joining John Worsfold’s side.

Smith attracted interest from Collingwood, St Kilda and Carlton but will ask the Giants to secure a trade with the only club of the four he spoke to that played finals in 2017.

The 24-year-old, who has played 109 games across six seasons for the Giants, missed this year’s finals series through injury was understood to be targeting a club with proven medical facilities.

“A big one for Devon is the player management, how they manage the players (coming) back through rehab,” Smith’s manager Ned Guy told NAB AFL Trade Radio.

“Obviously he was in a race against time to get back for the prelim final and just missed out, so he’s just assessing everything at each club as a whole and he’ll make a call pretty quickly.”

A forward line built around young tall Joe Daniher could also be boosted by unwanted Western Bulldogs player Jake Stringer, who is expected to announce shortly his intention to wear red and black.


Capping a positive day for Essendon was the afternoon news Gold Coast Suns defender Adam Saad is also eyeing a move to Tullamarine.

“Lock it away,” Croc Media’s Damian Barrett told AFL Trade Radio. “Adam Saad will not be going back to the Suns and I believe nominate the Bombers for 2018.”

Barrett also reported a number of other moves, including St Kilda tabling a five-year offer to GWS player Adam Tomlinson.

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Jake the Bomber? Source: News Corp Australia


Out-of-favour forwards Jack Watts and Jake Stringer have some big decisions to make as they weigh up where to resume their AFL careers.

The Bulldogs are fed up with Stringer and are committed to trading the 23-year-old premiership forward, who was a no-show at the club’s best and fairest on Wednesday night.

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