Swans relishing their role as "Trade Kings" landing Ryan Clarke

In what is fast turning out to be a blockbuster day in trades, the Swans loom as the ultimate trade kings and circuit breakers.

Fresh off brokering the Mitch McGovern-to-Carlton trade, riding in at the 11th hour like a white knight, the Swans have moved on to securing the services of young North Melbourne midfielder Ryan Clarke.

Despite protestations from Gary Rohan and rumours that he may have been pushed, the Swans have agreed in principle to another 3-way deal, once again relishing their role as circuit breaker.


Geelong's pick 61, received from the Brisbane Lions for Lincoln McCarthy, will be on-traded by the Swans to North Melbourne, who will receive midfielder Ryan Clarke.

Nic Newman was originally touted by the Swans as the preferred trade in a player-swap, but Sydney's Head of Football Tom Harley conceded it was unlikely to pan out that way.

The Swans say farewell to one of their favourite sons Gary Rohan, who overcame personal crisis and numerous injuries to play 100 games for the club, kicking 96 goals.

The Swans turn their attention to improving midfielder Ryan Clarke, welcoming him to the club from the Kangaroos.

Touted as a prolific ball-winning midfielder his youth, helping the Eastern Rangers win three finals in 2015 with a combination of inside and outside play.

Compared to Jack Stevens before his draft, the 184cm midfielder played 40 games for the Kangaroos, including 19 in his last season, the majority in midfield before spending time in defence.

Completed trades:

1: Pick 13 to Carlton, received 26, 28 and 40 Trade
2: Gary Rohan to Geelong for pick 61
3: Ryan Clarke (North Melbourne) to Sydney for pick 61 Trade
4: Dan Hannebery to St Kilda & pick 28 for pick 39 and 2019 2nd round Trade

Indicative Draft Order

26: Sydney Swans [2nd] (Carlton)
33: Sydney Swans [2nd]
38: Sydney Swans [2nd] (Collingwood 2018 Future 2nd Round)
39: Sydney Swans [2nd] (St Kilda)
40: Sydney Swans [3rd] (Adelaide/Carlton)
69: Sydney Swans [4th]
87: Sydney Swans [5th]

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