ESSENDON has landed a surprise acquisition, trading in Richmond small forward Kodi Jacques.
In return, the Tigers gain the Bombers’ second round selection (currently pick No.27) for the upcoming Supplementary Draft.
Jacques is an inaugural Tiger who came through the club’s VFLW program and Bendigo Thunder.
The 22-year-old – who can also rotate through the midfield if required – has played 26 games over her three AFLW seasons, but struggled to hold her spot as the Tigers rose up the ladder, appearing in four of a possible 12 games in season seven.
For the Bombers, Jacques is the second signing of the player movement period, after securing defender Brooke Brown from North Melbourne through the PSP. Their list is at 32, and … needs to come down to 30.
If you can’t work out that maths at the end: we had 33 on our list in 2022, due to replacements for long-term-injuries to Nanscawen, Ashley-Cooper, and Borg. We cut three late in 2022, and have poached and traded 2 in this week.
(The three top-ups were Lily-Rose Williamson, Meg Ryan, and MORCS.)
Oh, I’d missed the bit where she is the partner of Tayla Harris; so perhaps credit Prespakis getting in her ear.
Has grown a centimetre!!!
At 166cm, Jacques is known for her output across all areas of the ground and her strong presence at contests.
AFLW List and Recruiting Manager Georgia Harvey said the club was excited to welcome Jacques to the Bombers.
“Kodi is a great addition to our AFLW program. She’s tough around contests and known for her excellent work rate and defensive pressure,” Harvey said.
“Kodi can play at either end of the ground, while also having the ability to rotate through the midfield. At only 22 years old, she’s still young with a lot of potential and we look forward to watching her development continue at the Bombers.”
Is she worth pick 27?
Was just looking at her numbers, she did alright in her first season but has steadily declined since then…
Only played 4 games in S7
I wouldn’t have thought we were at a point where trading picks is great strategy?
Or is the supplementary expected to be weak
The supplementary is essentially players overlooked in last year’s draft, and delisted S7 AFLW players.
So, it’s not like giving up a pick for a top 15 U/18 talent - it’s kinda like giving up a round 6 or 7 pick.
Yeah okay in that case I’m sure it’s an okay move, just not super exciting doesn’t look like she’d be best 21
Was certainly ready for her arrival!
Be interesting to see if we she has been recruited to play small forward, or if we try Kodi as a defender. Going purely off the comments from the PSP period where we were allegedly scouring the comp for potential defenders.