I don’t rate Ports trade period as highly as ours. As others have said, Motlop can be BOG but also can go MIA not just for periods but for games, months and sometimes seasons… Also is in the absolute twilight of his career. Rockliff is a great player, and I would have been more than happy with him at EFC, but again he is in the last 2-3 years of his career and has serious question marks over his ability to be ‘the man’ in the middle.
Watts is another that I actually think can play footy but got stuck in a bad position at Melbourne… but again very inconsistent and also will be 27 next season.
So its still a positive trade period but I compare that to our bunch and I don’t think it stacks up at all. We have Smith who is younger and with more upside than Motlop. Smith has had two years ruined by injury but I have full faith we will get him fit and this guy was considered up there with guys like Kelly, Cogniglo, Green et al… Supremely talented and still under 24.
We also got stringer who can play forward or hopefully mid. AA level player still under 24 with plenty left to prove. Would easily have the same output as Rockcliff and has far more upside.
You then would say that Watts was most valuable as a floating HB sweeper… a role that Saad can play or alternatively he takes a defensive post and allows Hurley to play that role. Add the fact that he is still young and has guts, heart and pure commitment to the contest and he beats Watts by a long way.
Not to mention they had to lose Lobbe for practically nothing… a very handy ruckman and classy back up player to Ryder. They also lost Trengrove, a highly rated key positional player… impey and ah chee as well… who were the ‘smalls’ expected to deliver the x-factor… and suddenly it starts to feel like they just moved deck chairs imho.
As much as it hurts, I think the real competition was FC… who did quite nicely in the background and the trade of the year (perhaps decade) has to be that Freo deal for weller… one trade to rule them all… unbelievable stuff.
I am absolutely biased but there is no doubt in my mind that we had the ‘best’ trade period this year bar none. 3 ready best 22 players… all young and with plenty of time to develop further. A week later and I’m still smiling.