The NAB AFL Trade Radio team reported today that the Sydney Swans have joined the race for want-away forward Jack Watts.
"Significant interest out of the Swans this weekend in luring Watts out of his 2 year contract with the Demons."
In fairness, we did tweet about this on Saturday evening, and it's hardly new news with hushed whispers spoken as far back as round 16.
Cleary, taking the credit for breaking the "bombshell" (despite us not only tweeting it, but discussing it on multiple podcasts), points out the Swans can't have Tippett and Watts in the same line up, which we agree with.
"I don’t think if they’ve got interest in Watts they can have Tippett in that list as well. Especially with Sam Reid resigning, I can’t see Tippett in that lineup."
Quite what it means for Tippett is unknown, but with Harley recently declaring the player isn't up for trade, you don't fancy the Swans playing both in the same team.
Matthew Lloyd thinks Watts to Sydney is a good fit.
"I think he’s a great fit for the Swans. I think what Sydney have done for players up there, get out of the spotlight. He's a cream on the top player and perfect for them."
The trade is going to be a tricky one. The Swans have to trade with their eyes firmly cast on the 2018 draft, with John Blakey's son, Nicholas, available for selection.
Touted to be a future star, the tall teen, already standing 194cm, won't go cheap and the Swans will need to ensure they have all of their points available.
With picks 14 and 31 in this years' shallow draft, trading for the future is the best option, but Cornes believes that something in between what Sydney have now is what Watts' worth is.
"14 is too high, 31 is too low. Somewhere in that 20-25 seems fair for Watts. So that mid second round."
Either way, with Jack Watts already touring the Port Adelaide facilities, this possible trade sounds like more fantasy than fact.
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