Posted: 9 October, 2012 by Triple M Footy

Sharrod Wellingham Chooses West Coast, Shannon Byrnes Joins Melbourne And Richmond Secures Troy Chaplin

Sharrod Wellingham has nominated the West Coast Eagles as his club of choice for 2013 and beyond.

Tags: afl, Free Trade

UPDATE: Tuesday October 9

Collingwood released the following statement:

Collingwood is poised to strengthen its hand in the national draft by securing a first round pick from West Coast in exchange for midfielder Sharrod Wellingham.
 
With the Eagles agreeing to give over pick 17 for the 24 year-old former rookie, the Magpies will have in their possession two selections inside the top 20 for the first time since 2006.
 
As the draft order sits, Collingwood will have selections 17 and 18 to work with in the first round of draft, which will be held on the Gold Coast on November 22.
 
Wellingham played 92 games in black and white over the course of five seasons at the Westpac Centre. He was a member of the 2010 premiership side and, in all, played in three grand finals.
 
Recruited from the Perth football club in the rookie draft of 2007, Wellingham announced last week that he was keen to return to his home state of Western Australia and continue his career with the Eagles.
 
“We wish Sharrod well. He played some good football for the club and shared in a premiership, which is a fine achievement, ” Collingwood’s National Recruiting Manager, Derek Hine, said.
 
“Equally, we’re very pleased to have a stronger presence in the national draft. It’s been some time since we’ve had this sort of hand to work with. We’ve got two first round picks on the table.”

UPDATE: Audio from Eddie McGuire 6:40am Friday Oct 5.

Triple M's Duncan McKenzie-McHarg asked Eddie McGuire on Triple M Melbourne's The Hot Breakfast this morning whether Wellingham had done a deal with the Eagles.

"Nowhere near it, no," Eddie answered.

"He's saying that he might want to got there and now the West Coast Eagles will need to come up with something fairly substantial to get the deal done."

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LATEST: Sharrod Wellingham has nominated the West Coast Eagles as his club of choice for 2013 and beyond, he has told the club's website.

The utility says it's been a tough call but he thinks it's the right one.

"I spent the last week working through the decision and the process with my manager and I am really looking forward to continuing my career at West Coast," Wellingham said on the club's website. "I am very appreciative of the opportunities that Collingwood gave me, I will always have some very good friends there, but it is now time to move on."

"The dealings I have had with West Coast have been really impressive and I will now go on a break overseas and wait for the two clubs to reach a deal on the terms of my move back home."

"It will be exciting to get back to Perth and to play in front of my family every week. That was a very strong influence on my decision to leave and I look forward to playing with the Eagles. Playing against them, we had enormous respect for West Coast, and I believe they have a young list capable of winning a premiership in the next few years."

West Coast says it will now negotiate with Collingwood over the terms for the release of the out-of-contract midfielder. 

The Pies have already picked up former Eagle in the feeding frenzy that has been the AFL free agency / trade period.   

UPDATE: Melbourne has secured dual Geelong premiership player Shannon Byrnes via the AFL free agency period and Troy Chaplin is now a Tiger.

Byrnes is the first player to be gained by the Demons under this system introduced this year.

The 28-year-old has played 108 AFL matches since making his debut in 2004. He played in Geelong’s 2007 and 2009 premierships.

Richmond has secured the services of restricted free agent Troy Chaplin, after Port Adelaide decided not to match the offer made by the Tigers last Monday.

The Chaplin announcement follows the arrival at Tigerland of ex-Crow and unrestricted free agent Chris Knights, who signed a three-year deal with the Club on the first day of the free agency period.

"We identified Troy as a player who could provide significant benefit to the Club, both on-field with his playing ability, and in a leadership capacity off-field," said Richmond’s General Manager of Football, Craig Cameron.

"We have a young, developing defensive group, and Troy is well-equipped to provide the necessary know-how and experience to assist the likes of Alex Rance, Dylan Grimes, Jake Batchelor and Ben Griffiths."

EARLIER: Collingwood's Chris Dawes, Adelaide's Kurt Tippett and the Gold Coast's Josh Caddy will be the focus of rival clubs as the AFL's feeding frenzy continues.

Melbourne is interested in securing Dawes and looks likely to pull it off despite him being contracted to the Pies for another year while the Suns and Swans are in the box seat to get Tippett.

Brisbane says its still in the hunt to recruit Kurt Tippett, even though the Suns and Swans have firmed as the frontrunners to secure him.

Caddy is being courted by the Cats, Roos and Saints.

Sharrod Wellingham will tell Collingwood on Thursday or Friday whether he's staying or playing with the Eagles or Dockers next year.

Wellingham is weighing up a deal from the Pies, with the Eagles and Dockers ready to pounce.

Henry Slattery is to leave the Bombers to pursue opportunities elsewhere. Angus Monfries is still set to leave the Bombers for Port, which has reportedly offered him a four-year deal versus Essendon's two / three year deal.

Jack Viney has said Melbourne will regret it if they don't pick him as a father-son selection next week but he is still more than likely to end up being a Demon. Melbourne is also interested in North's Cam Pedersen.

Hamish McIntosh has requested he be traded from North Melbourne to Geelong. The Cats are expected to sign Jared Rivers while Geelong's Shannon Byrnes looks headed to Melbourne.

In completed deals, Brendon is now a Bomber for the next four years, Danyle Pearce has signed with Fremantle, Chris Knights has gone to Richmond, Quinten Lynch will be at Collingwood for the next two years and Troy Chaplin is expected to be a Tiger in the near future unless the Power can match an attractive three / four year deal.

Meanwhile, Ken Hinkley is now favourite to become coach of Port Adelaide, with Leon Cameron pulling out to join the Giants in an assistant's role with a view to taking senior coach Kevin Sheedy's job.

Follow the latest on our trade tracker here!

Restricted Free Agents (Updated on October 4)

Angus Monfries (Essendon); Brent Moloney (Melbourne); Troy Chaplin; Luke McGuane (Richmond).

Unrestricted Free Agents (Updated on October 4)

Jordan Russell, Bret Thornton (Carlton); Ben Johnson (Collingwood); Ricky Dyson, Dustin Fletcher, David Hille, Nathan Lovett-Murray, Henry Slattery (Essendon); Luke McPharlin (Fremantle); Shannon Byrnes, Josh Hunt (Geelong Cats); Thomas Murphy, Michael Osborne, Clinton Young (Hawthorn); Matthew Bate, Lynden Dunn, Jared Rivers (Melbourne); Brett Ebert, Steven Salopek, Jacob Surjan (Port Adelaide); Jason Blake, Raphael Clarke (St Kilda); Jude Bolton, Jarred Moore (Sydney Swans); Quinten Lynch, Mark Nicoski (West Coast); Will Minson (Western Bulldogs).

HOW THE SYSTEM OPERATES FOR ALL PLAYERS

A player has served seven seasons or less of AFL football at one club, and is now out of contract.

- The player is not eligible for free agency if his club wishes to retain him. He may only move clubs via a trade or the Draft. If he delists himself, he is subject to the Draft, and may be selected by any club.

A player has served seven seasons or less of AFL football at one club, and has been delisted by his club.

- The player is a Free Agent and is eligible to field offers from all rival AFL clubs.

- The player must decide on the best offer of his choice from one rival club.

- The player can move AUTOMATICALLY to the new club of his choice.

- His original club, which chose to delist him, does not receive any compensation pick for the loss of the player.

A player has served eight or more seasons of AFL football at one club, is one of the top 25 per cent highest-paid players at his club, and is now out of contract for the first time since March 1 in his eighth season. (Restricted Free Agent)

- The player is eligible to field offers from all rival AFL clubs.

- If he wishes to change clubs, the player must decide on the best offer of his choice from one rival club.

- His club has the right to match the presented offer.

- If the club matches the offer, he may choose to remain with his original club, seek a trade or enter the Draft.

- If the club does not or can not match the offer, the player can move to the new club of his choice.

- His original club will receive a compensation pick for the loss of the player, on an AFL-determined formula to apply where clubs lose more free agents than they gain in any single transfer period.

A player has served eight or more seasons of AFL football at one club, is NOT one of the top 25 per cent highest-paid players at his club, and is now out of contract for the first time since reaching eight seasons of service. (Unrestricted Free Agent)

- The player is eligible to field offers from all rival AFL clubs.

- If he wishes to change clubs, the player must decide on the best offer of his choice from one rival club.

- His club does NOT have the right to match the presented offer, and the player can move AUTOMATICALLY to the new club of his choice.

- His original club will receive a compensation pick for the loss of the player, on an AFL-determined formula to apply where clubs lose more free agents than they gain in any single transfer period.

A player has served ten or more seasons of AFL football at one club, has already come out of contract once in the period after March 1 in his eighth season, and is now out of contract. (Unrestricted Free Agent)

- The player is eligible to field offers from all rival clubs.

- If he wishes to change clubs, the player must decide on the best offer of his choice from one rival club.

- His club does NOT have the right to match the presented offer, and the player can move AUTOMATICALLY to the new club of his choice.

- His original club will receive a compensation pick for the loss of the player, on an AFL-determined formula to apply where clubs lose more free agents than they gain in any single transfer period.

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