AFL trade period LIVE: Magpies confident Brodie Grundy will join Demons; Harry McKay signs long-term deal with Blues; Tigers, Giants agree on Taranto deal – Wide World of Sports

  • October 3, 2022

1. GWS Giants trade Bobby Hill and pick 40 to Collingwood in exchange for pick 43 and future second-round pick
2. GWS Giants trade Tim Taranto to Richmond in exchange for pick 12 and pick 19
3. Jayden Hunt joins West Coast as an unrestricted free agent
Wantaway Essendon swingman Aaron Francis seems to be closing in on a move to the Swans.
Francis, who was picked sixth overall in the 2015 draft, has managed just 54 games in seven seasons with the Bombers.
The 25-year-old managed just four appearances at the AFL level in 2022 and is set to join Sydney, according to SEN's Sam Edmund.
Melbourne could potentially wind up with both Brodie Grundy and Lachie Hunter according to 9News Melbourne reports.
While the Grundy move has long been considered a fait accompli, the Hunter news comes out of nowhere.
The Demons are of the belief that they have the requisite cap space to add both Grundy and Hunter's deals, albeit with Collingwood paying a portion of the two-time All-Australian big man's annual $1 million salary through till 2027.
Hunter is currently contracted through till 2024 at the Western Bulldogs, but played just 10 games this season, averaging 19.5 disposals per game, his lowest mark since his second season in the AFL in 2014. 
AFL.com.au's Callum Twomey reporting that the race for Gold Coast's Jack Bowes is likely down to Geelong, Hawthorn and Essendon.
Bowes has almost a third of the league after him after the Suns agreed to trade him and pick 7 in this year's draft to get his $800,000 salary off the books.
Twomey told 3AW's Sportsday that Bowes is believed to have toured Essendon's facilities today after meeting with new coach Brad Scott late last week.
The 24-year-old is expected to make a call on which club he'd like to join over the next few days.
Richmond's newest recruit Tim Taranto has sent a video message to the club's fans after his trade was finalised earlier today.
Melbourne speedster Jayden Hunt has officially joined the West Coast Eagles after 114 games for the Demons.
"We're thrilled that Jayden has opted to join our club as a free agent," Eagles recruiting manager Rohan O'Brien said in a statement.
"We believe he has some attributes that will complement our list and look forward to him joining the boys for the start of pre-season."
The ripple effects from the allegations hounding Alastair Clarkson from his time at Hawthorn appear to be coming during the trade period.
After arriving at North Melbourne amid much fanfare, Clarkson's tenure could potentially be ended before it begins, depending on the outcome of the impending AFL investigation into the historic allegations.
With the trade period opening on Monday, the impact of the allegations surrounding Clarkson are beginning to show.
Leading AFL columnist Damian Barrett said Jason Horne-Francis' trade request is "Alastair Clarkson doubt related" according to the Kangaroos, and last year's No.1 pick could be joined by another talented young star asking out. 
According to SEN's Sam Edmund, 22-year-old midfielder Tarryn Thomas is "wrestling with requesting a trade" away from the Kangaroos.
Thomas is contracted at North Melbourne until the end of the 2024 season, and it would require a significant trade package from a rival to prise him out of Arden Street.
Former Kangaroos coach David Noble has lifted the lid on Jason Horne-Francis' time at North Melbourne after the No.1 pick requested a trade to a club from his home state, South Australia.
Speaking on AFL Trade Radio on Monday, Noble said he wasn't surprised to hear of Horne-Francis' request to return home.
"We felt there was probably some genuine interest mid-season (from rival clubs)," he admitted.
Noble conceded there was always a risk associated with drafting Horne-Francis, even discussing the prospect of the 19-year-old's family relocating to Melbourne to provide extra support in his first year of AFL football.
"We actually spoke to the family about moving here and whether or not that was an option to continue to support," he said.
"It's something I've discussed at other clubs with other families that might have some portability to come and support their player in their first year or two going forward – we were at that point.
"But there was no alarm bells at all in regards to him departing or asking for a trade."
Asked if Horne-Francis "embraced" being the No.1 pick drafted to North Melbourne, Noble said the honour did not unsettle him.
"He was one of the most determined and driven young men I've had the pleasure of working with," he said.
"[He] certainly was embracing of being the No.1. When I got a chance to meet him face-to-face, it didn't faze him at all … he was very genuine.
"Did he embrace Melbourne? Yeah, he did … and he certainly embraced North Melbourne. He made some good friends.
"By the time I'd left, I felt there was a really clear direction for him to start to take. Obviously, they had to appoint a new coach and go down that path – and I thought when Alastair (Clarkson) was appointed, I thought it'd be exceptionally good for Jason."
Noble said Horne-Francis' request was likely down to "a combination of things".
However, AFL journalist Damian Barrett stated that the timing of the request was a domino effect of Alastair Clarkson's delayed start at the North Melbourne because of the Hawthorn racism review.
"What I can say is, North has convinced itself that the announcement coming when it did, is Alastair Clarkson doubt related," he said.
Richmond has got their man with GWS midfielder Tim Taranto officially onboard.
The Tigers secure Taranto by sending picks 12 and 19 in this year's national draft to the Giants in exchange for the 24-year-old.
Taranto was taken by GWS with pick No.2 in the 2016 draft, playing 114 games across the six seasons.
He won the Kevin Sheedy Medal as the Giants' best and fairest in 2019 – the year the club meet the Tigers in the grand final.


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