Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Flag Hopes Play a Great Trade Game

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Flag Hopes Play a Great Trade Game

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SHIRTFRONT

TERRY MALLINDER

IT MIGHT still haunt Brisbane, but the 2009 trade period helped set Sydney, Collingwood and Hawthorn up for their tilts at this year's premiership.

While starry-eyed first-year Lions coach Michael Voss was like a kid in a candy store, snapping up a mixed bag a including Carlton's Brendan Fevola a that would ultimately leave a bad taste in his mouth, the Swans, Magpies and Hawks were more methodical in their approach.

Desperate for a ruckman to support its burgeoning midfield, Collingwood targeted Sydney's Darren Jolly, who had announced he was returning home to Melbourne with his young family. The big man was the Magpies' missing link in their bid for that elusive flag under coach Mick Malthouse.

The Swans gave him up for picks 14 and 46 in the next month's national draft. They used the first on Lewis Jetta, and the second they combined in a package deal with selections 39 and 70 for Hawks Josh Kennedy and Ben McGlynn.

Out of contract and regularly out of the starting 22, they were going anyway, so the Hawks were forced to trade with the Swans and make the most of the situation. While Hawthorn eventually used 39 on still-untried tall Sam Grimley, it got Ben Stratton (46) and Matt Suckling (70), who are now important backmen.

Having lost Trent Croad, Shane Crawford and Stuart Dew from its 2008 premiership team, Hawthorn also wanted experience and so traded to bring in North Melbourne defender Josh Gibson and disgruntled Port Adelaide vice-captain Shaun Burgoyne in exchange for its first three draft picks.

In Sydney, the Swans were not done with yet. With Jolly gone, they pounced on promising Geelong ruckman Shane Mumford, who became the first rookie to ever be traded and got an extra a0a added to his $35,000 salary.

Sydney lives by the saying aone man's trash is another man's treasurea. Like a little old man looking for bargains at garage sales each Saturday morning, year after year the Swans scour rival clubs' lists in search of a hidden gem.

More than a third of the players on their senior list have arrived in the Harbour City from other clubs. …

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