AFL trade period begins on Monday

The AFL trade period gets underway on Monday, with Patrick Dangerfield the biggest name among the host of players looking to swap clubs.

Dangerfield is a restricted free agent, but Adelaide have threatened to match any offer made by Geelong, meaning the Cats may well have to trade for the powerhouse midfielder.

The Cats’ first-round draft pick of No.9 will probably have to come into play for them to secure Dangerfield, who wishes to move home to be closer to his family, who live in the Victorian surf coast hamlet of Moggs Creek.

The trade period officially starts at 9.30am (AEDT), with officials from all 18 clubs meeting at Etihad Stadium.

It seems likely Melbourne utility Jeremy Howe will be on the move, with Gold Coast and North Melbourne among his keenest suitors.

Carlton have shown interest in several GWS players, including Adam Tomlinson.

But the Blues will also be busy organising trades for highly rated duo Chris Yarran and Lachie Henderson, who have made it clear they want to join Richmond and Geelong respectively.

The Giants are set to play hardball with want-away key position player Cam McCarthy, who is being chased hard by Fremantle.

McCarthy wants to return to his home state of WA despite signing a contract extension with the Giants earlier this year.

The trade period ends on October 22, a day after the deadline for clubs to make any matching offers to restricted free agents.

The focus will then shift to the national draft, which takes place in Adelaide on November 24.

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