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Pick swap with Fremantle

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PORT ADELAIDE has completed an exchange of draft picks with Fremantle which will see it move up the order and have two picks inside the top 10.

The Power will receive the Dockers’ first-round pick, currently pick 6, and a future third-round selection in exchange for its current picks 11, 23, 30 and 49.

Port Adelaide list manager Jason Cripps says the trade strengthens the club’s position in the 2018 AFL National Draft and gives it an extra selection next year.

“Our objective was to improve our position in this draft, in particular the top end as we believe it to be the strongest group seen for many years,” he said. 

“The picks that we used to assist in improving our position will be diluted with the number of Father/Son, NGA and Northern Academy players that are expected to be selected by the clubs that they are aligned to.

“A lot of planning, discussion and strategy goes into how we approach each trade period to ultimately achieve our objectives and secure talented players that improve our list.

“This trade gives us another top 10 pick, the highest since we selected Ollie Wines in the 2012 draft, allowing us to bring in two high quality players.

“We also have an eye to the future and receiving a future third round pick gives us further flexibility for potential deals both this year, and into the future.”

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