The final 24-hours of the AFL Trade Period was possibly the biggest nail-biter of the year – and a Sherrin wasn’t even kicked in anger.
Carlton star Bryce Gibbs’ wish to continue his 209-game career at the Adelaide Crows was denied as both clubs locked horns and refused to budge on their original offers. Gibbs has three-years remaining on his contract at Carlton.
The biggest shock of the day was easily the Brett Deledio swap from Richmond to the Greater Western Sydney Giants for a future first round and third round draft pick. Deledio has been an integral part of the Richmond line-up since his debut in 2005.
Hawthorn finally got their main target, when the former Gold Coast Sun player Jaeger O’Meara was brought into the squad for a future second round pick and their first round draft pick this year.
O’Meara requested to be traded to Hawthorn on September 13, but the trade was completed with nine minutes left in the trade period.
Hawthorn list manager Graham Wright holds no grudges against Gold Coast for playing hardball with the talented midfielder, saying ‘’He was their player so they’ve got every right to ask for what they believe is a fair trade. It was difficult, we were really keen to secure him.’’ – Paul Robinson
Photo of Jaeger O’Meara from the Super Footy Twitter feed.