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Trade Winds: Dons deny 'inaccurate report', the Eagle has nearly landed

Trade update: The details behind the Eagles' big Kelly deal Mitch Cleary and Riley Beveridge provide an update on West Coast's move for Geelong star Tim Kelly

WE'VE HAD two quiet days of the Telstra AFL Trade Period so far, but free agency has proven to be more fruitful, with several players moving clubs.

AFL.com.au's Trade Winds will provide a round-up of the latest developments each morning until the end of Trade Period on Wednesday, October 16. 

Thanks, but no thanks

In a very inactive day of trades, it's safe to say the news from The Age that Collingwood key forward Mason Cox was a chance to be on the move to Essendon captured the imagination of footy fans, for better or worse.

But the Bombers were quick to respond, with News Corp reporting the deal wasn't going to go ahead.

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"It's an inaccurate report, we're not pursuing Mason Cox," list manager Adrian Dodoro said.

With spearhead Joe Daniher wishing to move to Sydney, it makes sense Essendon would be on the lookout for a key forward to take his place.

Jake Stringer was the Dons' leading goalkicker this season in lieu of the injured Daniher, booting 33 majors.

McCartin brothers: Paddy to play, Tom to stay

Player manager Scott Lucas gave Telstra AFL Trade Radio an update on the situations of Paddy and Tom McCartin.

St Kilda's Paddy, who is still in contract, has been beset by concussions since being selected with pick No.1 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft, last playing an AFL match in round 16 last year.

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"Paddy caught up for a meeting with the concussion specialist, which is normal protocol for any guys in the AFL that have suffered a concussion," Lucas said.

"He's going to have some more tests. He wants to play on, I want to be really clear on that, he would like to play on.

"It's an ongoing discussion with those concussion specialists, but there have been signs of improvement, which is great.

"We look forward to seeing him back in the not-so-distant future."

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Tom McCartin's name has been loosely suggested by some as part of a possible trade for fellow forward Joe Daniher, who wants to move from Essendon to Sydney, but Lucas firmly shut the door on that possibility.

"Nothing from our end with regards to Tom. Swans love him. He was a young draftee, he's two years into his career, shows enormous signs," Lucas said.

"They're easy dots to join, but certainly nothing will be happening with Tom at this stage. He's loving his time at Sydney, he's contracted and the Swans love him."

The Eagle has nearly landed

As reported exclusively on AFL.com.au on Tuesday night, the Tim Kelly deal could go through on Wednesday.

It was expected the complicated Kelly deal, which sees Geelong wanting at least two first-round picks for its star midfielder – who wants to return to Perth for family reasons – would take at least a week to complete.

West Coast has agreed, in principle, to trade its 2019 and 2020 first-round picks as well as this year's second-round selection.

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In return, if the deal goes ahead the Eagles would receive Kelly and future selections from the Cats, with pick 33 also a possibility to find its way to Kardinia Park.

Kelly – who has finished second in Geelong's best and fairest in his first two years at the club – requested a trade home last year but a deal could not be done.

Recruiting on the run

Momentum continues to build for a potential move back to South Australia for Essendon small forward Orazio Fantasia, as flagged by AFL.com.au in July.

As AFL.com.au also revealed, Fantasia hired Adelaide-based manager Michael Doughty in recent days.

Port Adelaide club champion Travis Boak revealed on SEN he may have thrown a cheeky question or two the Bomber's way mid-match.

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"When we played them, there was about three games to go, I asked him a question then if he was coming over," Boak said.

"But he said there was still a bit to play out. I'm still waiting for a phone call, maybe it wasn't the right time. He didn't say no, though, so we'll wait and see how it plays out.

"He's obviously a fantastic player and he'll add so much to our group, and from what I've heard, he's a really good leader as well. We'll see how it plays out, but he's more than welcome to come over and join our group."

No coach, no worries

Of the five clubs who lost their senior coaches this year, Adelaide is the one remaining side yet to appoint a replacement.

The Crows' list manager Justin Reid told SEN they had a defined direction to go in, with or without a coach in place.

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"From a list management point of view, there's a group of us which includes the senior coach. Obviously in the next 10 days, hopefully that lands at the football club, we're really excited about that," Reid said.

"But at the moment, we're really clear on the strategy and where we're headed. As I said, it's about focusing on the draft and rejuvenating the list.

"We need to expose the list and get some games into the younger players and then obviously go to the draft as well. I think for us, it's about giving opportunities."

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