AFL 3 years ago

Lycett, Sinclair or draft picks?

  • Lycett, Sinclair or draft picks?

The trade involving the Sydney Swans' Lewis Jetta has been one of the most talked about trades this season. Jetta has requested a move back to his home state of Western Australia and the West Coast Eagles are the leading suitor, with Fremantle focusing on deals for Harley Bennell and Levi Casboult.

So, who are the Swans targeting from West Coast and who will be the most likely to join the red and white in 2016? There's only 3 options. Callum Sinclair, Scott Lycett or draft picks.

Callum Sinclair

Sinclair, above, played a career high 20 games this season, after playing 9 combined in 2013 and 2014. Playing as a ruck/forward, Sinclair kicked 13 goals while averaging 12 disposals and 18 hitouts playing second fiddle to Nic Naitanui.

A poor Grand Final, where he tallied his lowest disposal and hitout match of the year (4 and 10 respectively) will haunt him over the off season, but he wasn't the only one to play poorly on Grand Final day.

The Swans are interested in recruiting him and why wouldn't they be? He tallied a career high 21 disposals, 29 hitouts and kicked 2 goals when they played in round 17 this year. He is contracted until the end of 2016 which could be a stumbling block, but the key here is that the Swans can offer him the role of the number 1 ruckman, which may tempt him.

Likelihood: 80%

In the WAFL Lycett struggled. He averaged 17 hitouts and 13 disposals, but did kick 13 goals, highlighting that he could play up forward if Kennedy or Darling went down with injury. These low numbers can be put down to Lycett playing injured in a determined bid to get back into the side.

He was called up in Round 19 to play against Hawthorn and dominated the ruck battle, winning 39 hitouts, racking up 20 disposals and laying 7 tackles in wet conditions. He reminded myself of a certain ruckman who made the move to Sydney in 2009 and thrived as the number 1 ruck, Shane Mumford.

Lycett signed a long term deal last year, putting him under contract until 2018. You generally don't see players under long term deals be traded but the lure of the number 1 ruck position could tempt Lycett. He'll be behing Nic Nat for his whole career, so if Lycett wants to be a number 1 ruckman, he has to move away. And Sydney will be more than happy to pounce.

Likelihood: 40%

With West Coast trading their first round selection (no. 17) to Brisbane for Jack Redden, they have no real picks to satisfy the Swans. The 2016 first round selection may be offered but it is unlikely that the Swans will accept a second round selection for a player who is capable of kicking close to 50 goals as a high half forward.

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