Worst trades ever
Was Brisbane’s Brendan Fevola trade the worst ever? What about Todd Ridley for Matthew Lloyd? Replay Ando’s debate with readers here.
As the Brisbane Lions contemplate the result of their disastrous trade for Brendan Fevola, Jon Anderson assesses the worst trade decisions of all time.
1: Matthew Lloyd (Ess) for Todd Ridley (Fre) – 1995
Hard to go past Fremantle falling in love with home boy Todd Ridley and giving up a pre-draft compensatory selection which the Bombers couldn’t pull out quickly enough to use on Lloyd. Ridley disappeared into the ether while Lloyd kicked a lazy 926 goals for the Bombers.
2: Scott Lucas (Ess) for Tony Delaney (Fre) – 1994
A year before Lloyd joined Essendon, the Fremantle Dockers swapped pick No.4 for Tony Delaney. Like Ridley, Delaney had little influence. Lucas, however, played 270 games for 471 goals plus won a best-and-fairest and a premiership.
3: Andrew McLeod (Adel) for Chris Groom (Fre) – 1994
The Dockers, in their early years, fell in love with plenty that didn’t work out. Chris Groom was seen as a long-term key forward and may well have been, but for crippling knee injuries. The reality is they gave up 340-game, dual Norm Smith medallist and premiership winner for him.
4: Callan Ward (WB) for Jordan McMahon (Rich) – 2007
The Bulldogs youngster looks like becoming a bona fide midfield star after being selected with pick No.19 in 2007. To get 19 from Richmond, the Bulldogs gave up Jordan McMahon who faded into obscurity after only two seasons at Tigerland and was delisted last year.
5: Simon Black (Bris) for Simon Hawking and Brent Green (Syd) – 1997
Brisbane traded Hawking and Green to the Swans for the seemingly innocuous pick No.31. In a master-stroke the Lions selected Black, who has become arguably the league’s most consistent player in the past decade, including a Brownlow Medal and being a key part of three flags.
6: Tom Harley (Geel) for Adam Morgan (PA) – 1998
As a dual premiership captain with the Cats, Harley was a stand-out selection in place of pick No.37, a selection Port Adelaide used on Adam Morgan, who was unable to make any impact.
7: Paul Chapman (Geel) for Michael Mansfield (Carl) – 1999
Obviously Chappy is one out of the box. In fairness, Mansfield was a very fine player for Geelong. But when the Blues wanted Mansfield, they gave up pick No.31, which the Cats used on the 2009 Norm Smith medallist. Mansfield retired shortly after being traded to Princes Park.
8: Trent Croad (Haw) to Fremantle – and back – 2001
This was complicated and not totally one-sided given what a fine player Luke McPharlin has been for the Dockers. McPharlin and Trent Croad went west for selection No.1 (Luke Hodge), No.20 (Daniel Elstone) and No.36 (Sam Mitchell). The kicker in this deal is Hawthorn used pick No.10 (Ryley Dunn) to re-draft Croad just two years later.
9: Drew Petrie (NM) for Evan Hewitt (Adel) – 2000
Injury has hampered him of late, but at his best, Petrie was a steal with the pick No.23 the Crows gave up to get Hewitt who was unable to leave an AFL legacy.
10: Michael Gale, Paul Broderick and Matthew Dundas (Rich) for Jeff Hogg and Trent Cummings Fitz) – 1993
One of the biggest deals in AFL history also yielded Steven Jurica at pick No.26 for the Tigers. Hogg’s best footy was already behind him and Cummings at pick No.6 was questionable at best for the Lions, playing just 27 games in two seasons. Broderick, in particular, was a steal for the Tigers, going on to win the 1996 best-and-fairest as part of his 169 games at Punt Rd.