Sydney wanted the Giants’ future first-round pick tied to Richmond as part of the Tim Tarranto trade.
It was rejected by the Giants. GWS was able to match the bid and the Swans bid for Rowston. The Swans bid less surprisingly on Adelaide father-son prospect Max Michalanney, and the bid was matched.
Simon Dalrymple, Swans recruiter, said that Rowston was provocative because they had rated him at pick 12.
“He was on our talent list, we named him because he was on our list and we were disappointed we didn’t get him in the end,” Dalrymple said.
“So which other club was involved was irrelevant – it was more the player and where we rated him. We informed them that we would do it and offered a trade.
“I thought it was reasonable, it was options open, it was their call whether they take part in that potential transaction, so that’s their decision and it didn’t go any further.”
After GWS and Adelaide met the bids. The Swans traded with Hawthorn, moved back in draft and still had a player they wanted: Hawthorn tied Vickery.
“Once again we rated him (Vickery) really highly. He Hence, it was included in our mix at the 18-20 marker. He was in that group of players we thought would be still available,” Dalrymple said.
“I have been consistent throughout with our list management that from basically picks 11-30 they were very even and not much between them, so we thought ‘don’t use an earlier pick on an asset that you could get potentially cheaper and get some capital for next year.’”
The Swans then chose Caleb Mitchell at pick 40 – another player they rated much earlier in the draft, validating their decisions to trade back in an even draft.
“We are thrilled to get three boys we rated in the top 20 with our picks,” Dalrymple said.
“We were ambitious and well-planned and Chris Kean who runs that side of it for us did a great job. Very well organised, of the 20 potential deals one came off and we are happy with that.”
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