With nowhere to go but up in 2017, the Fremantle Dockers are actively maneuvering to bolster their list by acquiring forward Cam McCarthy from the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
The Dockers are well provisioned with draft picks and seem more than willing to surrender pick three to the Giants in exchange for the Giants’ pick seven. The Giants could also give up second round picks around the low thirties in order to get the deal done.
McCarthy still has plenty of kilometres left on the clock, having played just 21 senior games for the Giants and his upside potential seems very positive. He averaged 1.75 goals per in his 20 appearances in 2016.
The deal is not complete as yet, but both sides of the transaction seem to be positively inclined to the arrangement.
McCarthy is contracted to the Giants for 2017, but if he is dealt to the Dockers, it could be as a bargaining chip to secure the player the Dockers truly lust for, Hawthorn midfielder Bradley Hill.
The Giants stand to benefit by securing a higher pick in the draft, although the difference between three and seven could prove miniscule. It would also save salary cap room for them.