From SEN (haven’t seen this posted anywhere)
Essendon list manager Adrian Dodoro has mapped out the plan for the Bombers’ strategy heading into the player movement season.
The Dons will face Sydney in an Elimination Final next Saturday, but Dodoro and his team have already been thinking about ways to improve the list for 2018 and beyond.
“Fortunately, we won’t be as busy as the last few years where we needed to go find top-up players,” he told SEN at Friday’s NAB Rising Star.
“It is more around the needs of the team. We would like to bring in a couple players if we could, if not, we will go to the draft. We have always been a draft and develop club. We have an open mind about it.”
On a wider basis, Dodoro said to “expect the unexpected” in this year’s trade period, drawing back on the Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis moves from 12 months ago as inspiration.
However, he also anticipates the new CBA between the AFL and AFL Players Association will influence the player movement climate.
“I don’t think there will be as much trading this year as previous years,” Dodoro said.
“I think the 20 percent increase of the salary cap has meant clubs have kept most of their players, that’s a by-product of the 20 percent. A lot of players that move will be players in contract, which will make it an interesting trade period.”
Dodoro also confirmed Essendon asked the question of Dustin Martin as a part of their “due diligence,” but opted out of the race for the Tigers superstar “pretty quickly.”
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