By Peter Argent
Across a frantic 10-day AFL trade period, which finished on Wednesday evening, October 12 no less than 34 different trades were brokered between the 18 AFL clubs.
Both the Adelaide franchises, Port and the Crows came out of the “AFL Trade Period” with stronger hands.
Game breaker Izak Rankine was regarded as one of the biggest deals across the 10 days of negotiations.
He had already signaled a want to return to SA and the Adelaide Football Club.
After the initial frustration of not closing the deal in the first week, Rankine was collected by Adelaide, costing its number five 2022 Draft Selection and its Future third and Future fourth round selections for this young talent on the brink of superstardom.
Post trade, back in Adelaide Rankine said being home with his family again meant everything to him.
“Mum was in tears, happy for me to be back home,” Rankine, the youngest of four brothers, all talented footballers explained.
“My family is very proud of me and happy to have me around again.
“Being comfortable and being around family will just help me play my best footy.
“I went for (barracked for) the Crows growing up, I was a big fan, I went to all the games and all of that, so to finally put on a jumper is pretty special and it’s very exciting for me.”
Rankine, with his inspired football is capable of changing the Crows into a destination club.
In one of the most unique deals garnered in trade history, which saw the ’18 West Coast premiership player Junior Rioli and last year’s number one draft selection
Jason Horne-Francis make their way to Alberton donning the black, white and teal in 2023.
This was a part of a mammoth four-way trade between North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, West Coast and the GWS Giants.
A true mega-deal, it also included a host of draft and future draft selections; Port alone gave up eight of them. West Coast also gave two draft picks to North Melbourne, along with handing over the services of Rioli.
The Giants handed over a trio of draft selections as well in this deal.
Port Adelaide, despite its loss of this raft of draft selections, are still seen as one of the big winners from the ’22 trade period.
Rioli, with the retirement of Robbie Gray will add vital goal kicking attributes as a small forward.
A Tiwi Islander, who won a Chaney Medal for St Mary’s in the Northern Territory Football League a decade ago, Rioli also spent two years with Glenelg in the SANFL before winning a place in the AFL system.
Horne-Francis, who dominated at SANFL league level with South Adelaide in 2021, is expected to a key component, as the Power look to have “Thrown all their Clips In” for a tilt at the ’23 AFL premiership.
Other significant trades include GWS’ midfielder Tim Taranto finding a new home at Richmond, and another Giant Bobby Hill going to Collingwood.
Unrestricted free agents Liam Jones and Karl Amon (Port) went to the Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn respectively, early in the trade period.
Further Unrestricted Free Agents Daniel McStay signed with Collingwood and Zaine Cordy put pen to paper with St Kilda.
Big man Billy Frampton (Collingwood) utility Jacob Hopper (Richmond) Demons small former Toby Bedford (GWS Giants) moved, while Melbourne premiership ruck/forward Luke Jackson, returned to the west and is now a Docker.
Carlton traded Will Setterfield to Essendon and in a coup for the reigning premiers the GWS Giants traded the high touted Tanner Bruhn to the Geelong Cats for its Round One Selection (number 18 overall). Unbelievably Geelong also claimed the services of Jack Bowes from the Suns.
St Kilda traded 79-games Ben Long to the Gold Coast, while Tom Berry moves to the Suns as well from Brisbane.
Fremantle traded ball winning midfielder Blake Acres to Carlton for its Future Third Round Selection. Senior Hawks goal kicking ace Jack Gunston will play for
Brisbane Lions next year, while Collingwood eventually traded seven-million-dollar ruckman Brodie Grundy to Melbourne.
Fremantle also traded Lloyd Meek and big man Rory Lobb, receiving Jaeger O’Meara in return.
Late in proceeding the Cats traded Cooper Stephens to Hawthorn; while Collingwood trade Oliver Henry to the Geelong Cats for its Round Two Selection (no. 25).
Collingwood trade its Round Three Selection (no. 41) and its Round Three Selection (no. 50) to Hawthorn for former Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell.
On the final day, the Western Bulldogs traded Josh Dunkley to Brisbane, while fellow Doggies Lachie Hunter and Josh Schache found a new home at Melbourne.
With the penultimate trade Melbourne gave Essendon the services of Sam Weideman.
In the dying breathes of the period, the final trade was Bombers versatile big man Aaron Francis to Sydney.