Bombers make move to seal Devon Smith trade
ESSENDON and Greater Western Sydney have agreed on a deal that would see Giant Devon Smith traded for Pick 11 and the Bombers receiving two second-round choices.
Under the deal, which is understood to have been secured on Thursday, the Bombers will give up the prized Pick 11 for Smithm, but receive GWS' Pick 24 and a future second-round choice (2018) in return.
GWS would also receive a later pick, probably Essendon's future (2018) third rounder.
The agreement between the Bombers and Giants is the first main deal to be struck in the 2017 trade period.
The deal for Smith leaves Essendon with additional second-round picks with which to try and strike deals for Adam Saad from Gold Coast and - in what has been the most problematic trade - Jake Stringer from the Bulldogs.
The Dogs had rejected an Essendon offer that would have seen pick 11 traded for Stringer, with the Bulldogs' second rounder, pick no 27, sent back to the Bombers. Essendon would also have given up a third-round pick, no pick 47.
But the Bulldogs' firm stance on Stringer has seen Essendon move quickly to strike a deal with GWS, which had the advantage of holding more second round choices - bearing in mind that the Giants have been offered a future second round choice by Fremantle and were holding two second-round selections this year (Pick 24 and 26).