SYDNEY has finalised the Jordan Dawson AFL trade through gritted teeth, saying the deal with Adelaide doesn’t reflect the player’s true value.
But given the Crows had threatened to use the pre-season draft to secure the utility, the Swans were left with little choice.
Adelaide gave up a future first-round draft pick, tied to Melbourne, to secure the services of Dawson.
The Swans are unhappy to lose the 24-year-old, with football manager Charlie Gardiner saying they rated him as highly as any player mentioned during the trade period.
“We worked extremely hard to reach a fair outcome in regard to Jordan, despite challenging circumstances,” Gardiner said in a club statement.
“Ultimately, we have settled on a deal that we don’t think quite reflects Jordan’s true value but is one that, after extensive negotiations, we don’t believe we could improve upon.
“After strong consideration, we believed it to be in the best interests of the club to accept the deal available and move forward.”
Dawson, who played 64 games for the Swans, wanted to return to SA for family reasons.
He enjoyed a career-best season in 2021 to finish third in the Swans’ best-and-fairest.
The Swans offered him a five-year deal to remain in the harbour city but Dawson was set on playing for the club he supported growing up.
Crows list manager Justin Reid said Dawson is a classy left-footer with leadership potential.
“He is one of the most promising young players in the competition who is entering the prime of his football career,” Reid said in a statement.
The good news for Sydney is that the deal will give them two first-round picks in next year’s national draft.
Meanwhile, Bobby Hill, Peter Ladhams and Jordan Clark are among players waiting nervously by the phone as the AFL trade period deadline looms.
Several moves were in the balance before Wednesday night’s 7.30pm AEDT deadline.
Ladhams, who is contracted with Port Adelaide next year, has been in talks with the Swans.
Hill wants a move from GWS to Essendon, but the Giants are frustrated about dealing with the Bombers again after negotiations for Jye Caldwell turned nasty last year.
There is speculation that Collingwood could be the spoiler in Essendon’s plans to recruit the Giants speedster.
Fremantle and Geelong are still locked in talks about Clark, with the wingman contracted to the Cats.
(C) AAP 2021