Essendon has denied Joe Daniher’s request to continue his career at Sydney, refusing to do a deal for the star forward before the trade period ended, while Bradley Hill’s contentious switch from Fremantle to St Kilda was confirmed on the final day.
- The Bombers would not agree to the Joe Daniher trade proposed by the Swans
- Bradley Hill’s move to the Saints saw the Dockers gain Blake Acres, along with pick 10 and 58 in the national draft
- Jack Steven has been traded by the Saints to Geelong
Bombers list manager Adrian Dodoro was adamant he would hold Daniher to the final year of his contract unless the Swans came up with a blockbuster deal and he did not blink as the 7:30pm (AEDT) deadline came and went.
“We stuck to our principles, but unfortunately we couldn’t get the deal done with Sydney,” Dodoro said.
The Bombers had been unimpressed with an offer tabled by Sydney, with Daniher now resigned to staying with the club despite his publicly stated desire to rejuvenate his career with the Swans.
The All-Australian key forward has only played 11 matches over the past two seasons because of groin injuries.
Swan Tom Papley and Gold Coast’s Jack Martin also had potential trades fall through.
Earlier — After days of tense negotiations — the Saints sent Blake Acres, picks 10, 58 and future second- and fourth-round picks to the Dockers for Hill and a future third-rounder.
Hill will move back to Melbourne, having made his AFL debut for Hawthorn in 2012.
He played in the Hawks’ three consecutive grand final wins between 2013 and 2015 prior to linking up with the Dockers in 2017.
The 26-year-old will join the likes of former Port Adelaide duo Dougal Howard and Paddy Ryder at the Saints next season.
“With the other guys joining the club in the trade period, and a lot of talented young guys at the Saints already, I can’t wait to get started,” Hill said in a statement.
“I’ll always be thankful to Fremantle for the opportunity, but I’m looking forward to returning to Melbourne with my partner and becoming a part of the Saints family.”
Saints list manager James Gallagher said the recruitment of Hill was “extremely exciting”, as the club looked to make the finals for the first time since 2011 under new coach Brett Ratten.
“Players with his combination of speed, running power and class are rare, and his inclusion will immediately add a different element to our midfield,” Gallagher said.
“He wins a lot of the ball, uses it well and has performed at a very high level over a long period of time, and pleasingly believes his best football is ahead of him.”
Hill’s move to St Kilda followed the completion of four-time best and fairest winner Jack Steven’s trade from the Saints to Geelong for pick 58, while Ratten will be without Josh Bruce next season after he was traded to the Western Bulldogs on a four-year deal for picks 32 and 51.
The Bulldogs also picked up key defender Alex Keath from Adelaide inside the final hour of trade period, with the Crows receiving pick 45 and a future second-round selection as part of the deal.
Brisbane’s Lewis Taylor joined the Swans for pick 48 and Zac Smith returned to Gold Coast. Callum Ah Chee will move from the Suns to the Lions, who offloaded future draft selections in the second and fourth rounds.
In other late trades, Josh Jenkins has left the Crows for the Cats, James Aish moved from Collingwood to the Dockers and former Giant Aidan Bonar is now with North Melbourne.
The Swans agreed to trade Zak Jones to the Saints, while Tom Cutler goes from the Lions to the Bombers.