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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

AFL great names Dockers trade week winner


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AFL great Matthew Lloyd has praised the Fremantle Dockers for their off-season activity, naming them his overwhelming winner of the AFL Trade Period. 

The Dockers experienced a substantial fortnight of trading, acquiring Jesse Hogan and Rory Lobb to bolster their forward stocks heading into the 2019 season. 

While Fremantle did lose their best-and-fairest winner Lachie Neale to the Brisbane Lions, Lloyd believes that the additions of the two forwards should offset the loss of Neale. 

"Midfielders are more replaceable than a key forward," he said.

“McCarthy, Kersten, they’ve missed out on a lot of players, that solves their forward line.

"They are the winner because they have not had a forward line.”

Lloyd also praised his former club Essendon as well as Richmond for the acquisitions of Dylan Shiel and Tom Lynch, respectively. 

“(Lynch) is the best player of all of them that has changed clubs and they haven't given anything away for it really just depth players,” he said.

However, Lloyd did explain the pressure that will be at Essendon following the addition of Shiel after the club's disappointing 2018 season. 

"Without him they’ll always just knock on the door of the eight, but now with Dylan Shiel I believe they now go to that fourth to sixth range next season," he said.

"John Worsfold would be the most under-pressure coach right now in the competition, he has to win a final, or the pressure will come because he has the players to do it right now.”

The 2000 premiership winner pointed out that the 'losers' of the trade period were the Western Bulldogs and Sydney, and particularly lamented the Bulldogs' demise since winning the flag in 2016.

"It's amazing how the Dogs have gone from a premiership team to a team that cannot attract players," Lloyd said.

"I just don’t think they are an attractive proposition and I think they’ve gone backwards."

AFL great Matthew Lloyd has praised the Fremantle Dockers for their off-season activity, naming them his overwhelming winner of the AFL Trade Period. 

The Dockers experienced a substantial fortnight of trading, acquiring Jesse Hogan and Rory Lobb to bolster their forward stocks heading into the 2019 season. 

While Fremantle did lose their best-and-fairest winner Lachie Neale to the Brisbane Lions, Lloyd believes that the additions of the two forwards should offset the loss of Neale. 

"Midfielders are more replaceable than a key forward," he said.

“McCarthy, Kersten, they’ve missed out on a lot of players, that solves their forward line.

"They are the winner because they have not had a forward line.”

Lloyd also praised his former club Essendon as well as Richmond for the acquisitions of Dylan Shiel and Tom Lynch, respectively. 

“(Lynch) is the best player of all of them that has changed clubs and they haven't given anything away for it really just depth players,” he said.

However, Lloyd did explain the pressure that will be at Essendon following the addition of Shiel after the club's disappointing 2018 season. 

"Without him they’ll always just knock on the door of the eight, but now with Dylan Shiel I believe they now go to that fourth to sixth range next season," he said.

"John Worsfold would be the most under-pressure coach right now in the competition, he has to win a final, or the pressure will come because he has the players to do it right now.”

The 2000 premiership winner pointed out that the 'losers' of the trade period were the Western Bulldogs and Sydney, and particularly lamented the Bulldogs' demise since winning the flag in 2016.

"It's amazing how the Dogs have gone from a premiership team to a team that cannot attract players," Lloyd said.

"I just don’t think they are an attractive proposition and I think they’ve gone backwards."

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