Defender Tom Doedee is on his way from Adelaide to the Lions, with the Crows’ compensation drawing outrage around the country.
Doedee, 26, has played 82 games since being drafted by the Crows back in 2015.
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He is currently recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament suffered in round 12 last season, the second ACL tear of his career.
Adelaide was handed a compensation pick of a late first-round draft choice, which will be pick No. 19, and that does not sit well with a huge number of AFL observers.
The Crows could have matched the Lions’ offer, believed to be a five-year deal, but opted to let him walk.
In what’s expected to be a wild trade period, clubs are quickly getting their houses in order, with the Swans culling six players from their roster on Monday.
The trading period is officially underway and runs from October 9-18.
Taylor Adams and Brodie Grundy are expected to join the Swans, although the deals are not yet done, while the Bombers have reportedly lodged a hefty six-year deal for Kangaroos defender Ben McKay.
Many feel the current system actually encourages clubs to let players leave, resulting in draft picks and salary cap space, rather than fighting to retain them.
Draft picks in the first round are prized possessions in the AFL and it supposedly took less than 30 minutes for the Crows to confirm they would not match Brisbane’s offer for Doedee.
It was also pointed out by some that Hawthorn only received pick 19 for Buddy Franklin when he was signed by the Swans back in 2013, which the Hawks fought at the time.
There are question marks over Doedee’s fitness as he has missed significant time with knee and hamstring injuries, but the Lions appear thrilled with the addition to their backline.
Brisbane recruiting boss Dom Ambrogio told the AFL’s official Trade Radio show that Doedee’s injury history and current recovery was a factor, but the club decided he was worth the risk.
“It was a consideration but we really back in the fact that we’ve got a fantastic medical and high performance team,” Ambrogio said.
“We’re really proud of them and the work they’ve done over the years.
“We think that they can help Tom get right. Tom’s an absolute professional and he’s got a track record of rehabbing from injuries really well.”
Doedee publicly expressed his desire to stay at Adelaide back in August, but added the serious knee injury he suffered in June had thrown a spanner in the contractual works – and the Adelaide offer in front of him was short of what he’s after.
“Tom is a quality person who has brought a lot to our playing group and the club and we’d like to thank him for his contribution,” Crows list boss Justin Reid said.
“We understand the nature of free agency in the industry and would like to wish Tom and his partner Emily all the best for the future.”
– with Fox Sports