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Duff and Quarters: AFL clubs may need to be protected from lure of trading future picks

The dust is still settling from the AFL trade period’s chaotic finish which saw 12 major transactions on the final day, but should fans hold any hesitations about clubs’ flippant dealing of future draft picks?

On this week’s post trade deadline episode of The Duff and Quarters Podcast, The West Australian’s senior footy writer Mark Duffield proposes a measure that would potentially “protect clubs from themselves” so that club’s futures aren’t traded away.

“Should we ban clubs from trading their future first round picks, so that at least every club gets to take a first round draft pick?” Duffield proposed.

“It kind of protects clubs from themselves.

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“(Trading future picks) helps free up player movement, which makes players happy, but I think you should be able to look after the competition a bit.

“You can get to the stage where, you get down the bottom, the trades you make don’t work out and you’ve got nothing to go to in next year’s draft and that concerns me.”

Fremantle abstained from the trade period fervour, outside of shipping forward Jesse Hogan to the GWS Giants, backing their continued rebuild through this draft.

West Coast are far less confident of the talent on offer in 2020 and will wait another year before returning to the draft-day box-seat.

“The view of West Coast is that there’s about 30 picks in this draft you can be reasonably confident about but after thirty you’re getting into players you’re not familiar with,” Duffield revealed.

“With COVID-19 a lot of competitions have been shut down and their view was how bout we get out of this year’s draft and we get into next year’s draft.

“We get a group of picks that may enable us to package some picks up and climb up the draft order.

“Next year’s draft is regarded as a strong draft anyway but it’s a draft they can have greater certainty about because there’d be a bigger sample size of the players.”

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