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Sliding Doors: The Trade Period

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IF you think Clarko is going to be quiet before 2pm next Thursday ... THEN

If

Texan didn't get angry that a very good player walked out ...

then

no doubt he would've copped it for that, too. Some seriously embarrassing, pathetic, out-of-touch commentary about him this week, but we've come to expect that. We'd go to war with Tex.

If you actually stop to think about it and then analyse it ... then

you just shake your head. The Lions, who have had way too many good players exit the past four years, are happy for the overall No.2 pick of the 2015 NAB AFL Draft, who is contracted to the end of 2019, to just walk out.

If

we know one thing about a trade period where SOS is involved ...

then

it is that nothing major gets done at his club until the death. Say what you want about him, but he's the AFL's greatest non-blinking poker player.

If

all these Pies players keep telling us how great it is that Bucks has been re-contracted ...

then

it's time for all these Pies players to actually prove they mean those words by winning a lot of matches next year. Sick of the words, time for action.

If

you get the first major deal done with a full week of trade period remaining ...

then

you're odds-on to get the other two done as well. Might even be time for a fourth.

 

If

the Dockers stop at Wilson and Matera being the trade period ins ...

then it won't be enough for a rejuvenation in 2018. Need more.

If

you're asking Jack Watts back for a second chat five days after your first significant chat only to say a day later that you're "unlikely" to recruit him ...

then we wonder what happened in the second meeting.

If

you acted quicker ...

then

you could've got pick 11 from the Bombers as a part of a Saad transaction.

If

you keep telling us Tomlinson won't be traded ...

then

we take you at your word. But we also know he's interested in leaving. Hello Saints.

If

you think Clarko is going to be quiet before 2pm next Thursday ...

then

you don't know Clarko. Stringer and Schache will probably get calls. And others. Look out.

If

you get the best available player to commit to you and you then, relatively quickly by trade period standards, get the deal done ...

then

a big well done. People querying what was given up in order to get Lever don't understand how the system works.

 

If

you go back to the halfway point of the 2016 home and away season ...

then

you will recall that after beating Richmond by 70 points in round 11 that the Roos were 10-1. An unmitigated, unexplainable shambles since that moment.

If

Rocky had a crack on Twitter at Polec when he chose to exit the Lions in 2013 and also led a player-group push against Voss as coach in the same year ...

then

some initial conversations at his new club will be awkward.

If

the system is going to come down hard on the player who initially distributed the photo ...

then the system must also come down hard on those who distributed it. Intrigued as to what the system will do. Respect. Responsibility.

If

you keep talking about trade possibilities and down-the-line draft pick movement ...

then you might want to start walking. You need to, because if you don't, 2018 will probably be as disappointing as 2017. As you know, Tomlinson would be a very good start.

If

there's one thing we're expecting to gain traction late next week ...

then

it's Tippett exploring options.

If

you don't do something significant in the next six days ...

then

it's going to be a looooong 2018.

If

you haven't got it by now ...

then

you better get it soon. When you race to boot a player out the door, you destroy his, and your, trade currency. And spare us the public positive spin now – the last thing you want is for him to be on your list next year.



And by popular request ...

If

you reduced the nine-working-day trade period to four ...

then

just as many deals would be done. Also, we're not stopping our six-year tirade – no compensation for loss of a free agent!

Follow Damian Barrett on Twitter: @barrettdamian

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs