AFL trade winds blow favourably for ruthless Hawthorn and ominous Giants | Craig Little

The ground didn’t shift a great deal during this year’s trade period, with the Hawks playing it beautifully and Greater Western Sydney growing ever stronger

The Gold Coast Suns entered this year’s trade period as a bunch of losers that hadn’t put up a fight since Campbell Brown broke Steven May’s jaw in the carpark of the Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood.

If anything, the Gold Coast Suns are blessed expansion-team comic relief against the looming squall blowing in from western Sydney. When the Suns’ Tony Cochrane – the only AFL club chairman to have won a Tony Award – took on Hawthorn, his bluster sounded like it might have been fished out of an off-Broadway skip and run through a focus group. Although, if nothing else, trade week is theatre for those in the cheap seats.

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