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Sliding Doors: Let the trades begin

Damian Barrett  October 6, 2017 7:59 AM

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IF the Demons think this club has backed off the Hogan pursuit ... THEN

If

you knew a long time ago that Lever and Cameron wanted out ...

then

why the public anger? Deal with it. Get the best possible trades. Move on.

If Luke Hodge hadn't 'retired' ... then

he'd be a free agent. Meaning the Lions wouldn't get lucrative compo for their exiting free agent Rockliff. Yet another loophole to be rorted in this highly questionable free agency compo system.

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If

you want to read rubbish and be taken for a fool ...

then

read this club's statement about Steven Trigg's "resignation". Please. As we reported three weeks ago, the Blues approached Simon Lethlean about the CEO role many weeks earlier

If

the Saints are in front when it comes to getting inside the head of the Giants-contracted Tomlinson ...

then

the Pies aren't far behind. Watch this space.

If

as expected, the three Ss – Smith, Stringer and Saad – all get there ...

then

well done. Might have to offload a whole lot more than you wanted in order to transact, but would be worth it.

 

If

the Demons think this club has backed off the Hogan pursuit ...

then they'd better think again.

If

you're a glass half-full kind of person ...

then 2018 looks great, with Ablett and others being added. But if you see things glass half-empty style, ouch.

If

you've now appointed a third coach inside seven years ...

then

no pressure, Stuey Dew. But if you don't make things work, this club will probably go the way of most other national league sports clubs in this region.

If

you're just six years old and already had your premiership window close on you ...

then

what's your next move? Need to produce a big trick in Trade Period.

If

you reckon the problems go away with Jeff Kennett and his ego re-joining ...

then

think again. They may only be starting. And hello Clarko.

If

you've targeted Lever for 15 months and you've got him to commit ...

then

a big well done. But good luck with giving a 56-gamer $750,000-plus a season.

If

the Roos thought they had finally secured the future Tasmanian market to themselves ...

then

Cue the Jaws music. Jeff Kennett is back to re-claim it for the Hawks

If

we're getting in early in laying claims on a three-game youngster in the 2018 season ...

then

we're all-in on Todd Marshall. Raw, and will make mistakes. But we love the footy brain.

If

you win the flag and you've got picks No.15 and 17 in the draft as well as fringe-senior team players under contract with good trade currency ...

then the world's a beautiful place right now.

If

Tomlinson ends up here, despite being contracted to the Giants ...

then we won't be surprised.

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If

Dew has good rapport with Tippett ...

then

we expect talks to open between Swans and Suns in the next two weeks.

If

it was Mitchell and Petrie in last year's trade period ...

then

that's fine. Ripping blokes who did well on-field in 2017. But need to hit it out of the park this Trade Period if next season is to be a good one. And we're fearing you're going to strike out.

If

you think you have a right to keep Jake Stringer at your club if you don't get a "proper" trade after what your coach said about him publicly...

then

you don't. Bevo forfeited that right. That's fine, it was his right to speak. But now, deal with it. Get the best possible trade. Move on



And by popular request ...

If

Steve Hocking is going to review all aspects of football operations...

then

remove all compensation for loss of free agents. We have a pathetic, let's-try-to-be-everything-for-everyone version of sports free agency.

Follow Damian Barrett on Twitter: @barrettdamian