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Trade winds: Thursday Oct 12

Divi Navaratnam //  October 12, 2017 10:04 AM

AFL 2017 First Preliminary Final - Adelaide v Geelong

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Paul Seedsman of the Crows and Steven Motlop of the Cats in action during the 2017 AFL First Preliminary Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval on September 22, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

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A COUPLE of free agency moves have been made, with Tom Rockliff officially joining Port Adelaide, days after the Power lost Jackson Trengove to the Western Bulldogs.

While Jake Lever and Devon Smith have both found new homes after deals were reached on Wednesday morning.'s Trade Winds will provide a round-up of the latest action each morning until the end of the NAB AFL Trade Period on Thursday, October 19. 

Possible solution to Ablett deal

Gary Ablett's path back to Geelong could be made much simpler if exciting Cat Steven Motlop elects to go to Gold Coast, according to The Age.

In that situation, a trade centred around those two players could be made, rather than Motlop joining the Suns as a free agent.

Motlop is having a break in Darwin as he decides whether he wants to become a Sun, Crow or Power player.

The Australian believes Geelong has put up as many as seven names – including Darcy Lang and George Horlin-Smith – as possibilities to send to Gold Coast, but they have either refused to go to the Queensland-based club or have been rejected by the Suns.  

Watts still in play

Out-of-favour Melbourne forward Jack Watts is no certainty to land at Port Adelaide, The Age says.

While Port is the frontrunner, Sydney remains interested, although it would have to clear up salary cap room to make space for Watts.

Geelong list manager Stephen Wells told NAB AFL Trade Radio on Wednesday Watts was "unlikely" to become a Cat because making a deal would be tough.

However, that could change if Geelong receives compensation for a potential move by Steven Motlop as a free agent.

The Cats could then use that pick – likely either No.22 or 35 – for Watts.

It has emerged that Watts began following Power forward Charlie Dixon on Instagram on Wednesday night.

A nervous wait for some 

Essendon pair Ben Howlett and Jackson Merrett will have to wait until the Trade Period finishes before learning if they will secure a new contract, the Herald Sun says.

Western Bulldogs big man Tom Campbell will explore his options, with the Dogs open to trading him after having signed Jackson Trengove as a free agent.

Adelaide backman Harrison Wigg could end up at a rival club as a delisted free agent, according to The Advertiser

"He hasn't been offered a new contract and the club has told us that they are taking him through the Trade Period and will then see where things are after that," Wigg's manager Greg Size told The Advertiser. 

Fellow Crow Cam Ellis-Yolmen is expected to be offered a new one-year deal.

Future picks used to finalise moves

Port Adelaide speedster Jarman Impey and Greater Western Sydney rebounding defender Nathan Wilson could land at new clubs with the aid of selections from the 2018 NAB AFL Draft, according to The Age

Impey wants to go to Hawthorn while Wilson has asked for a trade to Fremantle, with future picks likely to be used to ensure both deals go through.

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