AFL 4 years ago

And breathe...

  • And breathe...

After nearly three weeks of rumours, leaks, lies and innuendo, and yes, also an actual exchange from time to time, the 2014 Trade Period has come to an end. 

All told, the Saints were minor players, completing just one deal that sent the perennially potential-laden Rhys Stanley to Geelong in exchange for pick 21. The Saints will also recruit young Sydney forward Tim Membrey in the Preseason Draft after the two clubs were unable to conclude a suitable trade.

Much of the talk (read: hysteria) regarding the club in recent days surrounded the coveted number one pick, and seemingly when, not if, the Saints would trade the selection for a bounty of picks and/or players from the Giants. Such a trade never materialised, meaning St Kilda will go to next month's draft with the ability to select who it thinks is the best youngster in Australia - probably Christian Petracca.

The prospect of a trade seemed to split Saints fans online pretty much down the middle. Some wanted the Saints to trade pick one for two or three picks in the top 10 - the Giants have picks 4, 6 and 7 - or possibly a combination of picks and players. Others, who are probably happier now, were hoping the Saints would retain the top overall pick, particularly after the Stanley deal left the team with three picks inside the top 22.

As it stands, the Saints remain in a position of some strength, with 3-4 picks to come in the National Draft and Membrey to join the club through the Preseason Draft. That's not a bad haul at all.

More analysis of the Stanley trade and Membrey addition will be posted in coming days. For now, though, I need a drink.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you happy with St Kilda's participation in this year's Trade Period?

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