Bombers refuse to trade Daniher to Swans

Joe Daniher is staying put at Essendon for 2020 with the Swans' trade deal rejected by the Bombers.
Joe Daniher is staying put at Essendon for 2020 with the Swans' trade deal rejected by the Bombers.

Essendon and Joe Daniher will need to mend some fences after Sydney failed to convince the Bombers to let their star forward leave for the Harbour City during this year's AFL trade period.

Essendon's Adrian Dodoro was adamant he would hold Daniher to the final year of his contract unless the Swans came up with a blockbuster deal and the veteran list manager didn't blink as the 7.30pm AEDT deadline came and went.

Dodoro told reporters as he arrived at Marvel Stadium on Wednesday that Sydney would need to come to the party for his cub to entertain a trade, but a suitable offer wasn't forthcoming.

"We went into it with an open mind but we set some really clear parameters with the Sydney Swans from the first day," Dodoro said.

"We were really consistent with what we said, we were honest from the first day and we stuck to our principles.

"Unfortunately we couldn't get a deal done for Joey."

The Bombers were keen to secure a player in return for Daniher, but Sydney were intent on offering up draft picks only, which leaves the 25-year-old to play out the final year of his contract before becoming a free agent.

"Obviously he's a little bit disappointed," Dodoro said of Daniher.

"But as you know with Joey he's a resilient young man and actually through this whole process, we've grown to respect him a helluva lot more for the person he is."

In a bizarre twist, the Swans confirmed that they didn't even offer the Bombers their No.5 pick as part of a trade package because they were made aware it wouldn't get the deal over the line.

"We were advised early on that (picks) five and nine wouldn't get it done," Swans football boss Charlie Gardner said.

"We didn't need to offer it ... we had a number of discussions over 10 days or so and it became clear, and was confirmed today, that that deal was not going to satisfy Essendon.

"They were clear that they wanted a player and we weren't able to involve a player who was of interest to them."

After days of relative inaction, 16 trades were completed on the final day, with paperwork for a total of 33 deals lodged with the AFL over the 10-day trade period.

Carlton had a disastrous deadline day, failing to land either of their two key trade targets in Sydney's Tom Papley and Gold Coast forward Jack Martin.

St Kilda were the movers and shakers of this year's player market as they embark on the Brett Ratten era.

The new coach will have Bradley Hill (Fremantle), Paddy Ryder Port Adelaide), Dougal Howard (Port Adelaide), Dan Butler (Richmond) and Zak Jones (Sydney) at his disposal for his first season in charge.

But stalwarts Josh Bruce (Western Bulldogs), Jack Steven (Geelong) and Blake Acres (Fremantle) departed.

Despite losing Tim Kelly, the Cats will be satisfied with their trade period having landed Jenkins and Steven for a bargain and gained a swag of draft picks for Kelly from West Coast.

After two years in the doldrums, Adelaide's extensive list overhaul is underway, with six veterans shipped out.

Eddie Betts (Carlton), Alex Keath (Western Bulldogs), Josh Jenkins (Geelong), Hugh Greenwood (Gold Coast), Cam Ellis-Yolmen (Brisbane) and Sam Jacobs (GWS) are all former Crows players.

Despite strong interest from Gold Coast, Adelaide refused to trade away Brad Crouch.

Collingwood sent James Aish to Fremantle in this year's last official player trade.

Clubs are still able to trade draft picks up to and during the national draft that takes place on November 27-28.

Australian Associated Press