AFL trade period live: day two

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Sun could be right fit for Essendon

Essendon are exploring the prospect of securing Gold Coast ruck-forward Peter Wright as they look to boost their forward stocks after the departure of Joe Daniher to the Brisbane Lions.

The Suns are happy for the 24-year-old to explore his options as he did not play a senior match this season because emerging forward Ben King and ruck-forward Sam Day played every game in 2020.

Wright has two years remaining on a contract worth about $500,000 per year. The Bombers would want Gold Coast to absorb some of that money and would seek to have Wright renegotiate terms if they offered him a deal. Sources confirmed the Bombers have genuine interest in the forward ruck.

Read the full story from Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall, Sam McClure and Peter Ryan here.

Saints monitoring Pies' talks with Treloar

St Kilda are interested in Collingwood's Adam Treloar and are monitoring dealings between Collingwood and the pacy midfielder.

The Saints had considered making a heavy play for Treloar in the trade period if Adelaide had matched their free agency offer to Brad Crouch and forced that transfer into a trade. Adelaide did not match the St Kilda offer so the Crouch deal went through.

Treloar's contract, of almost $900,000 a year for five years, would pose problems for the Saints after they finalised the deal to bring Crouch in on a sizeable long-term deal but they will keep a keen eye on developments between Collingwood and the player in the trade period.

Read more from Jake Niall, Peter Ryan, Michael Gleeson and Sam McClure here.

Saints knew when to call Crows' bluff

St Kilda's improvement as a football club has been evident, not only on the field, but in the way the Saints have navigated the purchase of free agent Brad Crouch.

In effect, they called Adelaide's bluff. They maintained that they would not trade for Crouch, and that if the Crows chose to match the contract – four years with a trigger for a fifth, at a hefty price – there wouldn't be a trade.

Critically, the Saints were willing to walk away from the deal – and from Crouch. He would be purchased as a free agent or not at all. They would not overpay to hand Adelaide pick 2.

Jake Niall analyses St Kilda’s move to land Crouch and the ramifications for the rest of trade period.

The draft order

Important to stay on top of what picks your club has to trade with, so we've done the work for you.

'The first time a club has used reverse leverage'

Before the day heats up, make sure you have a listen to our daily podcast wrap, with Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall. They wrapped the day one action and looked ahead to how it might affect moves in the rest of the trade period. Plus, they answered your questions. If you want to have yours answered on today's episode, send them through to [email protected]

Welcome to day two!

Good morning, and welcome to day two of trade period!

We had a few trades yesterday, and a free agency move. Here's hoping for some more news and moves today.

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