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AFL Draft 2019: GWS swap picks with Adelaide, move one step closer to securing WA ruck-forward Luke Jackson

GWS has moved one step closer to securing talented WA youngster Luke Jackson by securing the No.4 draft pick from Adelaide.

The day after Port Adelaide and Brisbane swapped first-round selections, the Crows engineered a draft swap with GWS.

Luke Jackson impressed at the running vertical jump test last month.Luke Jackson impressed at the running vertical jump test last month.
Camera IconLuke Jackson impressed at the running vertical jump test last month. Credit: AFL Photos

Adelaide will drop two spots to No.6 in next Wednesday night’s draft, but secure GWS’s round-one selection in 2020 as part of the deal.

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7NEWS understands GWS are looking to secure Jackson, who has been likened to Collingwood big man Brodie Grundy, with pick four.

“This puts them in the box seat to grab him and still get their academy product, Tom Green,” 7NEWS reporter Ryan Daniels said.

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GWS hope to secure Academy prospect Green, while the trade might help the Crows recruit highly rated teenager Dylan Stephens from SANFL club Norwood.

“Moving up to pick four gives us plenty of options as we head into next week’s draft,” Giants list manager Jason McCartney said.

“It gives us the opportunity to pick up a high-quality player but it also puts us in a strong position when it comes to our considerations around potential Academy bids.”

Likewise, gaining the extra round-one pick next year suits the Crows as they rebuild their list.

“We saw the opportunity to maintain a top-six pick in a fairly even draft, while accumulating more stock in the future, as a massive positive for the club,” Adelaide list boss Justin Reid said.

“Our strategy is focused on rejuvenating our playing list through the draft and having the ability to secure more elite talent next year with an additional first-round pick an exciting one.”

On Monday, Port gained an extra first-round selection in this year’s draft in a deal with Brisbane, who gained a future first-round selection from the Power.

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