The Lions snared Fremantle star Lachie Neale. Picture: Getty Images
The Lions snared Fremantle star Lachie Neale. Picture: Getty Images

Did Lions pay too much in trade period?

BRISBANE have landed a big fish in Docker Lachie Neale but lost Dayne Beams and surrendered prime position in the next two drafts.

The Beams to Collingwood negotiations went down to the wire and for the second season in a row Brisbane made the last deal of the trade period.

This time they were rewarded for holding their nerve as they received pick 18 in this year's draft and the Magpies' first round selection next season.

It was a mixed post-season for the Lions who undoubtedly snared a star player in the two-time Fremantle club champion Neale and a handy defender in Bulldogs' defender Marcus Adams.

However, given they traded away their own first-round picks for the next two drafts and replaced them with the higher ranked Collingwood's, they have paid a heavy price for Neale and lost their best player.

The Lions gave Fremantle picks six, 19 and 55 in this year's draft in exchange for Neale and selection No.30.

Lions football manager David Noble said it was a tough decision to grant Beams his wish to return to Collingwood.

"We believe we have struck a deal that is in the best interests of our club and one which also allows Dayne to return back to Melbourne," Noble said.

"After this trade we are now back in the first round this year and again have a first-round pick for next year, which will allow us to continue to grow our list.''


The Suns were also active trading May and defender Kade Kolodjashnij, who was pick five in the 2013 draft, to Melbourne for pick 6.

They quickly moved to shore up their defence by bringing in Jack Hombsch from Port Adelaide.

Gold Coast will now embark on a rebuild with picks 2, 3 and 6 in the top ten.

They also hold Brisbane's 2019 first rounder.

Suns list manager Craig Cameron said the rebuild was a necessity.

"Once we got to a position where both captains were not ready to commit to us long term we had to change the strategy of the football club,'' he said.

"We had to break the cycle, we had Gary Ablett last year and Tom exercised his right as a free agent and with Steve a year out from being a free agent we wanted to break the cycle when we could find no way there was going to be a long-term commitment there.

"It was a strategy we took to get some clear air, build a club from a base of bringing in some really good character people into the organisation.

"We will get some really high end talent coming in and they need to come into the right environment.''