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Trade Period underway

Lachie Neale addressed the media after winning the 2018 Doig Medal. Lachie Neale wins the 2018 Doig medal

Fremantle’s general manager of football Peter Bell has discussed a handful of potential trades as the NAB AFL Trade Period officially commenced on Monday morning at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.

In an interview on NAB AFL Trade Radio, Bell expressed his desire to retain dual Doig Medal winner Lachie Neale at the club

“Lachie Neale is a two-time best and fairest winner at our footy club and he came second in the other year (2017),” Bell said.

“He’s a quality person, we would love to keep him at the footy club.

“Being a new general manger of football on day three, it would be a feather in my cap if Lachie stayed, so that’s what we’re working towards.” 

Fremantle is set for a potentially active Trade Period, with CEO Steve Rosich telling 6PR on Saturday that ‘four or five’ players were ‘in the mix’ to arrive at the club in the coming fortnight.

While Bell did not go into the particulars of any potential deal, he discussed potential trade targets in Melbourne’s Jessie Hogan and GWS Giant Rory Lobb.

“(Jessie) was at the facility the other day and we spent a little bit of time with him,” Bell said.

“The appeal of Jessie Hogan is obvious. He’s a quality player, he’s only 23 years of age but there’s a lot of complicating factors obviously, so we haven’t had any further information to this stage.”

“Rory is another player who has great potential. Guys of his size and athleticism are pretty rare.

“As far as the semantics of any deal on any player, I won’t be offering a running discourse.” 

Bell finalised his interview saying that he expects any potential trade of Geelong’s Tim Kelly to WA to be between West Coast and the Cats. 

The Trade Period will run until Wednesday 17 October.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs