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‘Unreasonable’ Dockers growing a reputation for pumping ‘chest out’ at trade table


Oct. 11, 2019

Fremantle’s posturing has backfired spectacularly, with St Kilda parting ways with the pick it had set aside for Bradley Hill.
Now Dockers footy boss Peter Bell finds himself in the uncomfortable position where his star player not only wants out, but he’s been left with a secondary offer that’s arguably unders.
It has been a massive slap in the face for the club, with Essendon great Matthew Lloyd suggesting Fremantle is developing a reputation of being “unreasonable”.
“Peter Bell reportedly asked for Pick 6, next year’s first-round pick and a third-rounder (for Hill),” Lloyd told Telstra AFL Trade Radio .
“Surely he is being unreasonable there.”
The Saints gave the Dockers until Thursday to accept Pick 6 and a future second-round pick for Hill, but when Bell and his team didn’t come to the party St Kilda engaged in a pick swap with GWS.
Picks 6 and 59 went to GWS, with the Giants sending back Picks 12 and 18 to Moorabbin.
It means the Dockers may not get value for the Hill trade which, despite the midfielder being contracted, is expected to materialise.
AFL.com.au journalist Damien Barrett told Telstra AFL Trade Radio he believed Bell and Fremantle weren’t doing themselves any favours with how they barter. Their track record speaks volumes.
“I think (Peter Bell) is being unreasonable there,” Barrett said.
“The other aspect is how Fremantle carries itself in the trade period with Peter Bell who puts the chest out and makes big statements.
“He made the statement last year (that Lachie Neale would be staying at Fremantle) then one day later Neale said officially that he wanted to go to the Lions.
“In the same year they were all-in on Jesse Hogan and then it got all too hard and put out a statement (saying they could not work out a deal with Melbourne for Hogan and that they were pulling out of the deal).
“Two days later they were back having conversations around Hogan and Hogan is now a Dockers player.
“I don’t know whether they play the trade period at all well.”
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