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Fremantle have completed two separate pick exchanges to secure pick no.8 in next week’s NAB AFL National Draft.
Fremantle traded pick no.22 and a future third round selection (tied to Collingwood) to Adelaide for picks no.28, 49 and a future fourth round selection (tied to Carlton).
In a deal with Melbourne, Fremantle received pick no.8 in exchange for pick no.10, 28 and a future fourth round selection (tied to Carlton).
Fremantle’s hand for the upcoming draft is now picks no.7, 8, 49, 58, 69, 79 and 83.
General manager of football Peter Bell believes the exchanges will help Freo secure their high-end targets in the draft.
“After our pick exchanges, we now hold back-to-back selections inside the top 10 in the first round of the draft,” Bell said.
“Our recruiting team have identified a group of high quality players that will be great fit for Fremantle, and we were eager to move up the draft order to ensure we stand a better chance of selecting those players.”
Bell said that Adelaide were involved in the deal due to a rule preventing Fremantle trading pick no.22 to Melbourne.
“We originally received pick no.22 from Melbourne in the trade period,” Bell said.
“Under AFL rules, that selection cannot be traded back to Melbourne, so we involved Adelaide in the exchange to ensure the trade could be done.”