Now that the dust has settled on what has been one of the quietest trade periods in Sydney Swans ‘history, it is time to look back and analyse what little moves have been made. The Swans themselves have admitted that their focus this year was on retention rather than recruitment, with several players resigning contracts this year.
Ins: 2018 Round 2 selection
Outs: Sam Murray, Round 4 selection, 2018 Round 3 selection
Delisted: Michael Talia, Brandon Jack, Tyrone Leonardis
Retired: Jeremy Laidler, Shaun Edwards
Players signed in
The Swans did not gain a single player in this trade period. This is due to their focus being placed on resigning their young stars Zak Jones, Callum Mills and Sam Reid. As such, there was little salary cap space available to make any trades. This was something that has limited the Swans in the last couple of years, and 2018 looks more likely to be the year they are a lot more active in trade week.
Players traded and delisted
The Swans have lost little quality this trade period. Michael Talia only played one game before a foot injury and cocaine possession scandal effectively ended his time at the Harbour City. Brandon Jack was a great NEAFL quality player, but his size and skills meant that he was not up to the standards of AFL level. Tyrone Leonardis was always a NEAFL player, never really on the radar for an AFL debut. Jeremy Laidler offered fantastic depth in defence but with Lewis Melican, Aliir Aliir and Harry Cunningham ahead of him in the pecking order, he would always struggle for games. His knowledge of the game will be valuable as an assistant coach. Shaun Edwards was an interesting project player, but once again, his skills and build prevented him from being up to the standard of AFL level.
Picks available: 14, 33, 51, 70, 88 and 106
The Swans desperately need speed in their team, with teams like Essendon really troubling them in counter attack. Look for them to target players with leg speed and acceleration in this year’s draft. In terms of quality, Sydney have had a real knack in the past few years of taking players with low draft picks. Think of the likes of Will Hayward and Tom Papley. As such, the lack of a top 10 draft pick won’t trouble the Swans at all.
The 2017 trade period will not be one to remember for Sydney in terms of major list changes. However, it was never the intention of the Swans to have a major list overhaul. With their best 22 being very balanced and well covered there was no need for great change. Look out for the Swans in the mature age draft, where they have an opportunity to pick up some delisted former players. This is where the Swans do their best work in terms of recruitment, and it will be interesting to see who they bring in to add depth to their list.
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