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Danger, Harley, Charlie and more: Who won 2015's biggest trades?

Patrick Dangerfield, Steve Johnson, Charlie Dixon and Harley Bennell were among the big names who changed clubs at the end of 2015 - AFL,News,Tag-Opinion,Trade,Game,Update,Opinion
Patrick Dangerfield, Steve Johnson, Charlie Dixon and Harley Bennell were among the big names who changed clubs at the end of 2015

THE WHEELING and dealing is on in earnest during this year's Telstra AFL Trade Period. 

Stars including Joe Daniher, Tim Kelly, Jack Steven and Bradley Hill are just some of the big-name players on the move.

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But while we wait for big deals to drop, AFL.com.au has taken a look back at 2015's exchange period and delivered its verdict on the big winners and losers from some high-profile deals.

Cats get their man

Geelong received: Patrick Dangerfield, pick no.50
Adelaide received: Draft selections 9, 28 and Dean Gore

Adelaide forced the Cats to the trade table and secured a better deal than the AFL's free agency compensation would have been for Dangerfield. The Crows used their first selection (eventually pick 11) on young gun Wayne Milera, who looks like being a 200-game player, and quickly shifted pick 28 to help bring in Troy Menzel from Carlton. Neither Menzel (four games) or Gore (zero) had an impact, while pick 50 was packaged to help bring Gold Coast ruckman Zac Smith (50 games) to Geelong.

Who won the trade: The Cats are clear winners, but Adelaide has a star in the making in Milera.

Patrick Dangerfield gets the better of Wayne Milera (No.30, on ground) in this 2018 contest. Picture: AFL Photos

Pies land another Giant gun

Collingwood received: Adam Treloar, pick No.28
Giants received: Pick No.7, No.65, Collingwood's 2016 round one selection

The Pies' midfielder has become a star of the competition and led the League for disposals last season, but the Giants would be more than happy with their return. They punted their picks for points used to secure Jacob Hopper and Harry Himmelberg in 2015, and Harry Perryman a year later via the club's Academy, with all three outstanding this year.

Who won the trade: Treloar has been prolific but Hopper finished third in the club champion award in 2019 and Himmelberg was ranked No.1 for goal assists in the competition. GWS win.

 

Giant Jacob Hopper (right) is making up ground on Collingwood's Adam Treloar. Picture: AFL Photos

Saints pay the price in the end

St Kilda received: Jake Carlisle (from Essendon) and pick No.14 (from Sydney)
Essendon received: Picks No.5 and 24 (from St Kilda), plus Craig Bird (from Sydney)
Sydney received: Picks 23 and 44 from Essendon

One of the more memorable trades after three-time reigning premiers Hawthorn threatened to swoop in and steal Essendon big man Carlisle from under the Saints' noses. St Kilda relented by giving up pick five, which Essendon used on Aaron Francis, but getting 14 from the Swans was a masterstroke that delivered Jade Gresham. Pick 24 became Alex Morgan, who didn't play a game for the Bombers, while Bird played 20 in red and black.

Who won the trade: Massive win for the Saints. Carlisle served an anti-doping suspension in 2016 but has been important since and Gresham was a big draft hit, while Francis has only shown glimpses. 

Freo buys a Harley

Fremantle received: Harley Bennell, pick 22
Gold Coast received: Picks 16 and 35

The Dockers rolled the dice on Bennell after a troubled period at the Suns, hoping he would help deliver a maiden flag. It was a risky move that ultimately failed with Bennell managing two games in four years, but Freo picked up emerging star Darcy Tucker with 22 (which became pick 27) and received 35 back in a later pick swap with the Suns. The Dockers used that pick on Harley Balic (four games). Gold Coast drafted Brayden Fiorini with the first selection from Fremantle and the leadership group member finished fifth in the club champion this year.

Who won the trade: Probably the Suns so far. Freo missed on Bennell and Balic, and whoever has the better career out of Fiorini and Tucker will determine the ultimate trade victor.

Bennell in full flight was a rare sight in purple. Picture: AFL Photos

The straight swap

Sydney received: Callum Sinclair
West Coast received: Lewis Jetta

It's rare to see a straight player-for-player switch in the modern trade market and this deal has inextricably linked Sinclair and Jetta since. Sinclair has been a more than handy big man for the Swans, managing 72 games and 41 goals, while Jetta took some time to find his feet in the west. A move to half-back in 2018 was a masterstroke that helped deliver the Eagles a flag.

Who won the trade: Both teams would be happy, but Jetta playing in a premiership tilts it in West Coast's favour.

 

Yep, that'll do. Lewis Jetta and the Eagles' 2018 premiership cup. Picture: AFL Photos

Geelong's parting gift to Stevie J

Geelong received: 2016 fifth-round draft pick (pick 84, not used)
Giants received: Steve Johnson

The three-time premiership Cat kicked 64 goals from 40 games in two seasons at GWS, including 43 goals from 22 matches in 2016. Johnson's absence through suspension proved costly when the Giants lost to the Dogs in the preliminary final, but his experience was vital for the young club, especially Toby Greene. 

Who won the trade: Giants, no contest. 

Steve Johnson was a valuable mentor for Toby Greene. Picture: AFL Photos

Dixon deal gets done

Port Adelaide received: Charlie Dixon and pick 49 (from Gold Coast)
Gold Coast received: Pick 10 and a 2016 second-round selection (from Port Adelaide), pick 31 and a 2016 second-round selection (from Richmond)
Richmond received: Pick 19 (from Gold Coast)

The Suns on-traded their own pick 3 with pick 10 to Melbourne in a complex pick swap that netted pick six (used on wantaway utility Callum Ah Chee) and the Demons' 2016 first-round pick (Will Brodie). Dixon won the Power's goalkicking in 2017 and has 117 majors from 70 games. Richmond busted with pick 19 on Chris Yarran.

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Who won the trade: The Power are clear winners even though Dixon's acquisition hasn't yet helped them compete for a flag. 

Dixon has been a hit at Port Adelaide. Picture: AFL Photos 

Tigers make a Blue

Richmond received: Chris Yarran
Carlton received: Pick 19

It feels like a long time ago now, but at the end of 2015 the Tigers had just lost a third elimination in a row and wanted Yarran to help them get to the next level. The trade went down to the deadline before Richmond secured a deal for selection 19, instead of the pick 12 the Blues wanted. Yarran didn't play a game in yellow and black and battled personal demons. Carlton drafted David Cuningham with pick 19.

Who won the trade: Carlton, without question, with Cuningham on the right track and signed until 2022. 

Chris Yarran's career at Richmond never got going. Picture: AFL Photos

Lion spreads his wings

West Coast received: Jack Redden
Brisbane received: Pick 17

The Lions packaged up 17 with departing youngster James Aish in a complex three-club deal with Collingwood and North Melbourne to bring in Ryan Bastinac, plus selections 38 (Rhys Mathieson) and 40 (Sam Skinner), plus future second and third-round picks.

Who won the trade: Redden took time to find his feet at the Eagles but a superb 2018 – when he finished runner-up in the club champion, shared the Player of the Finals award and became a premiership player – makes this an easy West Coast win.

After a slow start, Redden has become a key part of the Eagles' midfield. Picture: AFL Photos

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