Talks have been held on a three-way deal that would see North Melbourne end up with picks 1 and 2, while Jason Horne-Francis gets to Port Adelaide.
Foxfooty.com.au’s David Zita first reported details of the mooted plan on Wednesday night’s edition of Trading Day.
It would see West Coast getting involved, effectively splitting its current No.2 pick for Port Adelaide’s No.8 pick and future first-round selection, getting them into a 2023 draft which features more WA-based talent.
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The Power would end up with both Horne-Francis and Junior Rioli, in exchange for their next two first-round picks, and it’s believed they would need to give up an additional pick or player to the Kangaroos.
North Melbourne would swap last year’s No.1 pick Horne Francis for this year’s No.2 pick along with an extra player or pick from Port Adelaide.
“There’s a deal being thrashed out at the moment between West Coast, Port Adelaide and North Melbourne,” Zita explained on Fox Footy’s Trading Day.
“What it would result in … the Eagles would drop from pick 2 to pick 8, but they’d get a future first-round pick, which comes in a draft next year that has got a lot of WA talent in the top end.
“Port Adelaide would get Jason Horne-Francis and Junior Rioli, and North Melbourne would end up – in addition to Pick 1 which they already have – would have pick 2, plus some other picks later in the draft would be sorted out, and potentially a player as well.
“But they’d have pick 1 and pick 2 in this year’s draft, which is a fair result for them given they’re losing someone who’s a No.1 draft pick.”
Horne-Francis requested a trade home to South Australia on Sunday, with Port Adelaide his intended destination.
HOW THE TRADE WOULD WORK
Gets: Jason Horne-Francis and Junior Rioli
Gives: Pick 8 and future first-round pick (and another pick/player to Roos)
Gets: Pick 2 (and another pick/player from Power)
Gives: Jason Horne-Francis
Gets: Pick 8 and future first-round pick (tied to Port Adelaide)
Gives: Pick 2 and Junior Rioli