Pity I had to trade Mitch Duncan, Robbie Gray and Zach Tuohy.
I’ve had Robbie Gray since 2013, Duncan since 2016 and Tuohy since 2015 (I had him before that a few times as well).
All three have served this club greatly and have been a key reason why I was able to sneak through to 2 preliminary finals in that time.
Unfortunately, whilst they are still performing well I didn’t feel my team was really a threat to anyone in the top six and it’s time to rebuild.
I don’t believe I need to slide down and be a bottom 4 team to rebuild. The next trade period will be a very important one as I look to trade Callan Ward and Dayne Beams.
I’m rapt to get Rory Atkins. I’ve been wanting to try and find a way to get him since Dunlop snapped him up. But I was never really willing to give up the assets for him. I think he can push his way into the mid 90s bracket.He’s still 25 so he’s buys me 4 years to try and build my next team.
Was glad to also get Blake Acres. I originally drafted him, then traded him (maybe for Harley Bennell) so I rated him a while ago. He’s having a rough year but I see him pushing his way up to 85 or 90 in the next few years. He’s 24 so as with Atkins, he buys me some time to build my next team.
Ed Phillips was the wrong Phillips I was chasing but I’ll take him. I dropped the ball in the Tom Phillips negotiations and was probably a bit naive along the way. I was hoping to snap up Ed Phillips in the draft but I was looking elsewhere at the time. He is capable of similar scoring output to Tom but still has to work for his opportunities at the Saints. He’s 22 and has the rest of the season to cement a spot in my 20 keepers at the end of the season.
I still like my list. There’s really only Daniel Lloyd, Spargo, Curtis Taylor, Tom Hickey, Harry Jones and Marley Williams who are unlikely to be keepers at the end of the season.