Patrick Dangerfield Is Officially A Cat, Geelong And Adelaide Agree To Trade

Welp. That was fast.

The AFL Trade Period is about half a day old, and already one of its biggest potential stories has been written and finalised.
Adelaide Crows gun midfielder Patrick Dangerfield is officially heading home, following a trade being struck with the Geelong Cats.
Dangerfield heading to Geelong was always the AFL’s worst kept secret, but the issue was whether the Crows would allow him to walk there as a restricted free agent. Insisting that the compensation draft pick they would have received would not be enough, the Crows seemed hell bent on crafting a trade deal that – by all accounts – was going to drag on for at least a little while.
The truth? Not even close to that.
The Cats agreed to a deal that would see their first two picks in this year’s draft – currently picks 9 and 28 – along with youngster Dean Gore sent to the Crows, in exchange for Dangerfield and pick 50.

The deal sees the Cats get their man – for a price. An elite, league-leading calibre midfielder to partner with Joel Selwood and form one of the most instantly formidable midfield pairings in the AFL.

The Crows get a chance to add solid young talent to their list in the draft, as well as an unproven youngster who may well benefit from a move back to his native South Australia.

The absolute circus that is the AFL Trade and Free Agency remains open until 2pm on Thursday, October 22nd.

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