Geelong had a busy day at the trade table Thursday, walking away with two strong veteran players capable of filling big holes in the club’s roster.
Geelong pulled off a coup in acquiring oft injured Roos ruckman Hamish McIntosh, in exchange for the No.36 second round draft pick.
It would have been hard for Geelong to make a better move. The ruck was their weakest position last year as Trent West and Orren Stephenson tried, and often failed, to cover the duties left behind by retired premiership ruckman Brad Ottens.
Injuries remain the big concern with the 28-year-old McIntosh. Achilles and knee problems limited the big man to just eight games over the past two seasons and his advanced age means makes the move a risk.
Geelong also signed Melbourne free agent Jared Rivers to a two year contract as the 2011 Premiers hope to fill the void left by recently retire club champion Matthew Scarlett.
Kurt Tippett is on the verge to a deal that will see him move to reigning premiers Sydney in what is being described as a modest deal by former AFL coach Terry Wallace.
The goal kicking forward is rumoured to be traded for just the No.22 draft pick and seldom used ruckman Jessie White.
Wallace labelled the deal as "a joke" on AFL Trade Radio today and said, "Adelaide will be ripped off,'' while inaugural Crows coach Graham Cornes described it as "pathetic".
Adelaide are essentially being forced to complete the trade or walk away from Tippett without compensation. If no deal is made Tippett will go into the AFL draft pool.
Finally, Greater Western Sydney came to their senses by agreeing to a three-year deal with breakout ruckman Jonathan Giles.
After beginning his career at Port Adelaide, but not playing a single senior game, Giles moved to GWS ahead of the 2012 and became one of the club’s more important players.
Giles reportedly didn’t budge on his asking price of $300,000 a season and rightfully so.
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