Maximising draft points the priority, says Power

Western Bulldogs’ list boss Sam Power says boosting the Club’s draft hand from a points perspective was one of the key priorities this Continental Tyres AFL Trade Period.

Western Bulldogs’ list boss Sam Power says boosting the Club’s draft hand from a points perspective was one of the key priorities this Continental Tyres AFL Trade Period.

At conclusion of the eight-day period, the Bulldogs obtained selections 23, 43, 44, 45 and 52, while offloading picks 17 and 75.

“We were in a pretty unique situation with obviously some points considerations last year with Jamarra, and then again this year, the General Manager of List Management and Football Projects told westernbulldogs.com.au.

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“The key priority and focus coming into this trade period was to maximise our position from a points perspective - trading (pick) 17 out, and then bringing in close to 500 points more than what that pick was worth was a key focus.

“In doing that, we are also protecting our future first pick as well, which we’re confident we have done.”

The Bulldogs also acquired free agent Tim O’Brien from Hawthorn, while farewelling Lewis Young (Carlton) and Patrick Lipinski (Collingwood).

“To bring Tim in was important – another key position type down back, Tim’s aerial ability to intercept the ball, and also his leap and speed for someone of his size is really appealing,” Power said.

“He’s pretty versatile too – he’s played probably a lot more forward than back at Hawthorn over the years, but we felt the games he played purely in the back this year were quite impressive.

“We plan to settle him down there through the preseason.”

The 2021 NAB AFL Draft will be held on November 24 and 25.

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