FREMANTLE’S pursuit of Jesse Hogan and Rory Lobb has gathered pace, with the AFL club giving up draft selection No.6 in a pick swap with Port Adelaide.
The Dockers traded their first-round selection and a future third-round selection to Port, who parted with picks No.11, 23, 30 and 49.
Melbourne key forward Hogan is expected to reveal his cards soon, having already met with the Dockers as he mulls a potential return home to Perth.
GWS ruckman Lobb requested a trade to the Dockers last week.
“The exchange of selections will provide either more currency in this trade period or, alternatively, be a very attractive proposition for this year’s national draft,” Fremantle football manager Peter Bell said.
The addition of two second-round picks has put the Dockers in a good position to complete trades for both Hogan and Lobb.
Fremantle are also expected to receive Brisbane’s pick No.5 should the deal that is currently being brokered over Lachie Neale eventuate.
Port, eyeing highly-rated South Australian prospects Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine, were keen to improve their position in the draft.
The Power now hold picks No.6 and 10.
Meanwhile, Nick Dal Santo says the potential departure of Dayne Beams would deliver a devastating blow to Brisbane.
Beams is contracted to the Lions until the end of the 2020 season but AFL Trade Radio is reporting he will soon request a trade to Collingwood.
“This is devastating. To (potentially) lose someone of Dayne Beams’ ilk,” 322-gamer Dal Santo said on AFL Trade Radio.
Lions coach Chris Fagan described the Beams report as puzzling.
“I’ll probably have a chat with Dayne to see if there’s anything in it but I don’t want to insult him either,” Fagan told radio station SEN.
“Because I’m pretty sure we have a relationship where if he was feeling that way, he’d come and chat to me about it.”
“So I’m more inclined to think I would have heard from him by now (if he was contemplating a trade request).”
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