AFL Trade Checker: Hawks Bolster Backline, Star Ruck Leaving GWS?

All the news from Trade Week.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

The major headlines from the Trade Week have a number of big names changing clubs. Here they are.

The Western Bulldogs took another step towards what is an obvious rebuilding stage by trading dual All-Australian Brian Lake to Hawthorn.

Lake completed a successful comeback season for the very unsuccessful Bulldogs after an injury plagued 2011. Runners-up in this year’s Grand Final, Hawthorn will benefit from Lake’s presence down back, probably their weakest position, while the Bulldogs are set for more of a youth injection with six top 50 picks in the November AFL Draft.

Greater Western Sydney and star ruckman Jonathon Giles have reached a stalemate over the 24-year-old’s next contract according to list manager Stephen Silvagni.

Re-signing Giles would appear to be a no-brainer. After having spent four years at Port Adelaide without playing in a single AFL contest, Giles made his debut with the Giants this year and put together a pretty impressive season. The big man averaged 14 disposals and 22 hitouts in 2012 while collecting seven Brownlow votes. In comparison, All-Australia ruckman Nic Naitanui averaged 13 disposals and 24 hitouts with 10 Brownlow votes.

Silvagni told SEN radio that the contract offered to Giles was fair and reasonable. What could also be considered reasonable is a young player at a premium position trying to establish some much needed security at his job while earning as much money possible over the span of what are usually short careers.

Collingwood locked up defender-turned-goal kicker Tyson Goldsack until the end of 2014, but agreed to part ways with Sharrod Wellingham. The midfielder joins his preferred destination in West Coast in exchange for the No.17 draft pick.

Angus Monfries expected move to Port Adelaide has been confirmed with the Power sending out pick No.48 in exchange.

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