We take a closer look at four trades from the 2016 AFL trade period that should excite punters.
Cam McCarthy, Greater Western Sydney to Fremantle Dockers The 21-year-old is hoping to restart his career at the Dockers in 2017. Fremantle handed over draft pick 3 for McCarthy and three lower picks, but the forward has not played an AFL game since round 23, 2015, having returned home to Western Australia to deal with mental health issues. While fans should give him the benefit of the doubt, McCarthy will have to overcome the hype surrounding his comeback to repay the Dockers' faith in him. Get $2.05 odds for Cam to slot over 40.5 goals next year with Sportsbet.
Tom Mitchell, Sydney Swans to Hawthorn Hawks The midfielder cost the Hawks draft selection 14. Along with the Jaeger O'Meara deal, Hawthorn will effectively be without a presence in this year's draft and don't have a first or second-round selection in 2017. That leaves a lot rests on the 23-year-old's young shoulders, but Mitchell is expected to slot seamlessly into the Hawks' midfield, especially given he's a strong contested player. Plenty at the club are hoping he'll post career-highs next year and Sportsbet are offering a juicy $6 odds for Tom to win Hawthorn's Best and Fairest in 2017.
Jaeger O'Meara, Gold Coast Suns to Hawthorn Hawks The Hawks finally got their man in a hectic deadline day scramble, bringing a dramatic end to the long-running trade saga, but at what cost? Hawthorn gave up pick 10 in this year's draft and two future first-round picks. Talk about high risk, high reward and O'Meara will be under the microscope from Round 1 in 2017. Although the 22-year-old hasn't played at AFL level in more than two years due to injury, if O'Meara hits top form he could easily prove the $12 odds Bet365 are offering for a Hawthorn 2017 premiership are massive overs.
Written by Tim Alexander