Key-position player Lachie Henderson has become the first AFL player to be traded for a future pick after being granted his wish to move from Carlton to Geelong.
Henderson, 25, was exchanged for the Cats’ first selection in the 2016 national draft – a deal sealed after Geelong gave up their opening two picks in this year’s draft to secure champion midfielder Patrick Dangerfield from Adelaide.
Henderson will be joining his third club, having previously played with Brisbane and Carlton.
New Carlton general manager of list management and strategy Stephen Silvagni said the Blues had done well out of the deal.
“We were committed to achieving the best result for our football club, and this trade is in line with our list management strategy,” Silvagni said.
“We were always of the firm belief that a first-round draft pick would be a fair trade for Lachie.
“By banking a first-round selection for next year it gives us flexibility – we can opt to either utilise or leverage the pick depending on our needs.”
It continued a busy start to the trade period by Geelong who also picked up Dangerfield and West Coast midfielder Scott Selwood on Monday.
The trade rules were altered this year, allowing clubs to use future picks to help facilitate the movement of players between clubs.
Henderson – who has played 117 matches for the Lions and the Blues – comes from Birregurra, a country town 60km south-west of Geelong.
He was a product of the Geelong Falcons Under-18 program before being selected by Brisbane with pick eight in the 2007 national draft.
Two years later, Henderson moved to Carlton as part of the deal that saw controversial spearhead Brendan Fevola sent to Brisbane.
The Blues refused to consider Henderson for senior selection for the final three matches of the 2015 season after he told them he wanted to be traded to the Cats.