In: Angus Byrne.
Out: Nick Warnock, Jordan Wolff.
Comment: Building towards the future by acquiring the best young forward in the game. It is certainly a big price to pay, but this is how Byrne is regarded around the league.
In: Tom Campbell, Tim Looby, Tom McCluskey, Jack Murphy, Dylan Scopel, Jonty Wardle, Nick Warnock, Jordan Wolff.
Out: Tim Allan, Angus Byrne, Ben Costello, Cam Valentine, Jobee Warde.
Comment: With eight in and five out, it is safe to say the Murray Bombers have shaken things up — but this represents how close they are to winning a flag. Losing Byrne and Valentine is tough yet they leave the trade period still wickedly strong in both areas, with the class of Murphy in the middle also huge. Wardle’s acquisition should not be underestimated. Have also banked plenty of depth, exactly the thing that has made Kyabram such a force.
In: Zane Barzen, Kyle Clarke, Jordan Cox, Will Hetherington.
Out: Craig Bamford, Adam Giobbi, Jayden Gleeson, Lachie Hill, Tom Panuccio.
Comment: Euroa has essentially flipped talented youngsters for slightly older versions, just fast-tracking their progression slightly. In essence, Gleeson and Giobbi for Hetherington is a slight loss, but the headline is adding Barzen. Clarke, who will return from a knee injury next year, will add some X-factor alongside fellow electrician Rob Paradzayi.
In: Mitch Bright, Dylan Cook, Chris Jackson, Kai Love-Linay, Leigh Millard, Kyle Winter-Irving.
Out: Locky Dillon, Cade Mueller, Ethan Palma-Ludeman, Kayne Pettifer.
Comment: If nothing else, the Bombers have swapped Pettifer for the much younger Winter-Irving, yet remain super dangerous with Kyle Mueller to take on a bigger role. Love-Linay, Bright and Jackson will also contribute, plus the feared Kyabram depth is back.
In: Sean Martin
Out: Lachie Christopher, Guy Murray.
Comment: Quiet trade period for the Eagles, but Martin brings leadership in the back half that will go down a treat. Didn’t find the X-factor they initially sought.
In: Locky Dillon, Lachie Hill, Rhiley Lau, Cade Mueller, Ethan Palma-Ludeman, Tom Panuccio.
Out: Will Hetherington, Kai Love-Linay, Tyson McKenzie.
Comment: The Mooroopna general manager needs a pay rise, because the crew of elite young talents that has been assembled is staggering. Panuccio and Hill are the pick of the bunch, but Mueller and Palma-Ludeman have years of good football to come. It isn’t about immediate success for the Cats, so this is clearly a job well done.
In: Billy Burstin, Matt Di Bella, Tom Preece.
Out: Mitch Bright, James Gledhill, Andrew Henderson, Jackson McEwen, Leigh Millard.
Comment: Immediately a much better prospect, and will damage with this crew should it make finals from an 0-4 start. Burstin sparks the forwards, while Preece and Di Bella team with Wren and Marrone to make one of the league’s most dangerous midfields.
In: Kayne Pettifer, Cam Valentine.
Out: Dylan Cook, Chris Jackson, Jack Murphy, Dylan Scopel, Kyle Winter-Irving.
Comment: Added two premium talents, and they say whichever team gets the best player wins the trade. Pettifer, Soloman, Anderson and Harley Taylor-Lloyd is a potent forward mix, and the Lions have the midfield to supply them with whatever they need. A Melbourne-based player Pettifer will be fresher with less travel.
In: Craig Bamford, Tyreece Collison, Ben Costello, Rob Staff, Jaydan Thewma, Jobee Warde.
Out: Tom Boyd, Jordan Cox, Rhiley Lau, Jonty Wardle.
Comment: Addressed needs with ruck Warde and midfielder Thewma, while getting value for VFL-listed Boyd. Costello, Collison and Staff will all contribute, and Bamford knows where the big sticks are. Had to make some moves sitting 3-3, with the wins against Mooroopna, Shepparton United and the Shepparton Swans.
In: Tom Boyd, Andrew Henderson, Jackson McEwen.
Out: Tyreece Collison, Tom Preece, Rob Staff.
Comment: Considering they aren’t competing this year for a premiership, the Swans might as well roll the dice on Boyd being available for more games than not. Henderson and McEwen have potential for days, adding to the club’s stockpile.
In: Tim Allan, Adam Giobbi, James Gledhill, Jayden Gleeson.
Out: Zane Barzen, Tom Campbell, Kyle Clarke, Matt Di Bella, Tim Looby, Tom McCluskey.
Comment: Improved up forward with Allan and Giobbi and down back with Gledhill. Sold on some younger talents, but for what they’ve acquired in return it seems worth it.
In: Lachie Christopher, Rhiley Lau, Tyson McKenzie, Guy Murray.
Out: Sean Martin, Jaydan Thewma.
Comment: The Bulldogs are better equipped to hold up defensively against the big boys with Christopher, while McKenzie, Lau and Murray all bring plenty to the table. Able to sell on Thewma as he is one of an incredibly deep midfield group at Tatura.