Australia Crows recruit a "stress-head" in AFL trade
Recruitment guru slams Carlton's Hewett deal
A former AFL recruiter has blasted Carlton over their decision to lure one of Sydney's midfielders.The Blues lured the 25-year-old midfielder from the Swans last week, leaving Sydney with an end-of-second-round pick (currently No.39).
Adelaide's prized recruit Jordan Dawson says he's happy Sydney got something for trading him, even if the Swans aren't so chuffed.
The Swans considered taking a stand and sending Dawson to the pre-season draft after the 24-year-old walked out of the club and nominated the Crows as his preferred destination.
But the Swans grudgingly accepted a future first-round draft pick from Adelaide in a trade that took weeks of wrangling.
"It was obviously a pretty stressful time," Dawson told reporters on Thursday.
Crows sound warning in AFL trade stand-off
Adelaide and Sydney are at loggerheads over the value of long-kicking wingman Jordan Dawson, who has requested an AFL trade period move to the Crows.While most clubs lean towards reaching trade agreements, the Crows have shown they are not afraid to go down the pre-season draft route.
"I have been a bit of a stress-head lately. It (the trade) is definitely a massive relief and I'm looking forward to chilling out a bit."
Sydney's football manager Charlie Gardiner said sending Dawson to the pre-season draft was discussed by the Swans.
That would have meant Dawson wasn't guaranteed of being selected by Adelaide as other clubs have earlier selections.
But it also would have left the Swans empty-handed for a player who finished third in this year's club champion award.
"If you're asking 'was the club mindful of making sure that it sends a message, did it consider putting a stake in the ground?', Yeah, we we considered it and it's something we're mindful of," Gardiner told reporters on Thursday.
AFL investigating Nixon over alleged 'counterfeit' sales
The AFL says it is investigating former player agent Ricky Nixon over allegations of counterfeit signatures. According to The Age, the investigation comes after Nixon allegedly sold footballs that were said to include autographs from the current Melbourne Demons playing group, who last month were crowned premiers following their win over the Western Bulldogs.It's understood the items were advertised on Nixon's Facebook page.The Age says it spoke to four fans who purchased the items, in which they claim the balls were advertised for $575 each plus $20 postage.
"At the end of the day we agreed to the deal but ... we rated him slightly higher than where we landed the deal with Adelaide."
Swans' Dawson could end up in AFL draft
Breakout Sydney Swans utility Jordan Dawson's proposed move to Adelaide remains in limbo heading into the final day of the AFL trade period. © Rob Prezioso/AAP PHOTOS Jordan Dawson could end up in the AFL draft with his proposed move to Adelaide still in limbo. The 24-year-old's move home to South Australia is among a number of deals that need to be done before Wednesday's 7.30pm trade deadline.Dawson is adamant on shifting to the Crows, after enjoying a career-best season in 2021 to finish third in the Swans' best-and-fairest.
Dawson spent the trade period in his home-town of Robe in South Australia's south-east, with his phone mostly off and largely oblivious to the negotiations.
"I'm just really happy Sydney were able to get something," he said.
"I love everyone there and and have great relationships back in Sydney still.
"I have spoken to a lot of the (Sydney) playes, coaches. Obviously they're disappointed to lose me as a bloke and a player.
"But I have got a lot of great relationships there and I know for a fact that I will still have great friends after footy in Sydney."
He described the lure of returning to his home state was "too good, too big".
"I love being back in SA ... COVID and everything has been a bit of a strange few years so to be able to get back, I'm really happy," Dawson said.
"Being closer to family and friends is what I wanted."
AFL mandates vaccine for all players, staff .
The AFL has confirmed that all players across both the men's and women's games must be vaccinated.The policy, which was announced this afternoon, instructs AFL and AFLW players, as well club staff to be vaccinated by the start of their respective upcoming seasons.