Who won the Hill trade?
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The big question
We see so few straight player-for-pick swaps these days, so the Hawks and Dockers have certainly bucked the trend of swapping late picks by completing one of the simplest trades last week.
Hawthorn sent speedster Bradley Hill to Fremantle in exchange for pick No.23 in the draft, which the Dockers secured as compensation for Chris Mayne signing with Collingwood as a free agent. Who managed the better deal?
Hill has played in three premiership teams with the Hawks and is just 23 years of age. He still has a solid decade of football ahead of him and will be a massive contributor for the Dockers, who could really use his pace. You could only imagine that teaming up with his brother, Stephen, should inspire both players to try and improve in the quest for bragging rights. At top form they would be a potent combination capable of playing a variety of roles for the club. Hill kicked 58 goals in his 95 games for Hawthorn and will definitely have a massive impact in WA, where outside speed is a premium asset.
The Hawks didn't have a big hand to play in this trade. Hill requested a trade to be closer to family and they were keen to help him achieve his goal. The Hawks have made no secret about their desire to free up cap space during this year's trade period, and Hill's move goes some way towards achieving that goal. The pick turned out to be useful as they were able to bundle it with a bunch of other picks to secure No.10 from the Saints in a deal done late last week.
By our reckoning, this is a huge win for Fremantle. To pick up a player who could and should go on to play around 200 games for your club for as little as pick No.23 is an absolute steal. Hill was eighth at Hawthorn for score involvements this year. He doesn't only have exceptional pace, either, as he uses the ball well, which is something the Dockers need desperately after butchering the footy for much of the season just gone. Hill has also proved ultra-reliable in his time at the Hawks, playing 66 games in his last three seasons. Hawthorn obviously didn't have the time to sit and wait for a better deal with so many other trades bubbling away, but we reckon they took a bath on this one.
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