AFL clubs are still making moves this off-season, ahead of the November 29 final list deadline.
CROWS DELIST DUO
Adelaide have told Ronin O’Connor and Ben Davis they won’t be offered new deals for season 2022.
O’Connor, a former WA State under 18s representative, played just three games for the Crows after arriving from Claremont as pick 42 in the 2019 Draft.
The midfielder debuted in front of friends and family in WA against West Coast in round nine this year, and played again in rounds 10 and 12 before being dropped back to the SANFL.
It remains unclear if the Claremont colts premiership winner will return home to WA.
“At this time of year, there are always difficult decisions that need to be made at AFL clubs and in this case it unfortunately means saying goodbye to two quality people in Ben and Ronin,” Crows list boss Justin Reid said.
“Both have overcome hurdles since arriving at the club, whether it be injury or the limited opportunities that existed in the 2020 season.”
Davis played six games in five seasons at Adelaide, and could get a Crows lifeline as a rookie after the upcoming draft.
PICK TRADE DONE
GWS has gained another draft pick this season, completing a swap with Brisbane on Friday.
The AFL confirmed the Lions had traded its third round selection, currently pick 54, to the Giants.
In return, the club receives GWS’ future third round pick that is currently tied to Port Adelaide.
SAM SIGNS ON
Sydney youngster Sam Wicks has put pen to paper on a new deal with the club, keeping him in the red and white until at least the end of 2023.
The 21-year-old, who came through the Swans’ academy pathway, said he was “really happy” to play for the club he grew up supporting.
“I think we have a really exciting group of boys who can possibility do something special in the next few years,” he said.
“I was always planning to re-sign with Sydney. I obviously grew up here so I am really happy living here and I am excited to put pen to paper for the next two years.
“It’s pretty special to be able to play for the team your barracked for growing up … I couldn’t be happier.”
Wicks kicked 17 goals this season, playing all 22 games.
HUNTER’S JOURNEY ENDS AT SAINTS
Ruckman Paul Hunter has been told he won’t be offered a deal for 2022 at St Kilda.
Hunter managed seven games for the Saints after being snapped up in the 2021 Supplemental Selection Period.
“Paul’s AFL journey has been non-traditional to say the least, but his resilience and team-first attitude has never wavered,” St Kilda head of list management James Gallagher said.
“Paul’s willingness to once again move interstate to continue his football career is a credit to him. Though his time at St Kilda has been relatively short, Paul performed admirably in the seven games he played in the red, white and black, and seeing him play at AFL level was just rewards for someone who threw himself whole-heartedly into his time as a Saint.”
Hunter was previously at Adelaide, where he spent four season but didn’t feature at AFL level.