Late twist shuts down blockbuster trade

Only two days remain in the AFL’s Trade Period and plenty of big name stars are yet to find a new home or figure out where their future lies.

Collingwood look set to be the busiest team over the final days with several big name players on the table as the club looks to deal with a dire salary cap issue.

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Essendon have been a key player throughout the free agency and Trade Period and looked set to have another deal done and dusted, before a last second twist.

Dashing defender Adam Saad told the club ahead of the Trade Period he wanted out, with a move to Carlton the clear frontrunner.

The clubs began negotiations with plenty of back and forth, but on Tuesday night it looked like a deal had been agreed upon.

Carlton and Essendon had agreed to a deal that would have sent Saad along with a third-round pick to the Blues, in exchange for pick 8 and a future fourth-round pick, according to the Herald Sun’s Jay Clark and Michael Warner.

On Wednesday morning however, the report alleges, the Blues pulled the pin on the move at the last second and now leave Saad’s future up in the air.

Saad wants out of Essendon.Source:News Corp Australia

Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph broke down how the trade could get done on Tuesday night before the Trade Period comes to an end

“(Option one) Essendon just wants Pick 8, they’d give something like 67 or 73 back,” Ralph said on Fox Footy’s Trading Day.

“(Option two) Get Carlton’s 2021 first round pick as the only element in the deal, that would probably drop at around 12 or 13 next year.

“(Option three) Carlton gives up Pick 8 and a future third but try get back a future second. Essendon has ideas for that one, it might potentially give it to GWS for Jye Caldwell.

“I just think there’s enough ways to get this deal done. I know it’s probably going to be 6.30PM on Thursday night but I’m very confident Adam Saad will get to the Carlton football club.”


The ugliness of the Adam Treloar fallout continues to dominate the headlines, but on Wednesday it was another Pies player who reportedly had a serious suitor emerge.

Livewire forward Jaidyn Stephenson is another player the Pies are hoping to offload as they attempt to clear the books with the 21-year-old owed close to $600,000 a season.

The Age’s Michael Gleeson and Sam McClure reported Treloar had undergone a medical at the Western Bulldogs as Stephenson met with North Melbourne.

SEN’s Sam Edmund then took things a step further with the Stephenson situation when he said North Melbourne “have committed themselves to Jaidyn Stephenson”.

Kangaroos have committed themselves to Jaidyn Stephenson. Now the ball is in the player's court-stay at Collingwood where he knows he's not wanted or sign up for some hard yards at North? Pies will be asked to contribute something to a contract worth nearly 600k a season till '23

Stephenson remains contracted until the end of 2023 and stated he would like to return to Collingwood, but the ball now sits in his court with North open to luring him away.

The former Rising Star winner has endured a tough past two seasons after being slapped with a huge gambling suspension before being struck down with glandular fever in 2020.

For Treloar the Western Bulldogs loom as the only real option outside of Collingwood, who have shown they’re intent on moving him on.

Treloar is on a lucrative back-ended deal and the Magpies want to push him out to ease salary cap pressure. The midfielder never wanted to leave, but reportedly found himself with little choice as his relationship with the club reached breaking point.

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The Bulldogs are in the middle of trade speculation themselves thanks to midfielder Josh Dunkley who advised the club he wanted to join Essendon.

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