via AFL Footy Forums - Talking Football - Australian Rules Football Forum by TalkingFootball on 6/09/10
As we move closer to the AFL trade dates ... I get the feeling this year more than any of the last few .... there are more players than ever being leaked as AFL trade bait. Wonder Why? IMHO there is no doubt in my mind the Gold Coast Suns & to a lesser extent Greater Western Sydneys involvement in the trading & drafting period cannot be underestimated. Perception or perceived perceptions, may be leading many to think the uncertainty the new teams are causing will see their teams move away from the draft table in favour of the trade table. However, surely and ultimately that will all depend on where your team sits or perceives it sits in the drafting cycle. AFL clubs are getting masters at using the media, but will their actions follow up their words. AFL managers also are equally becoming "even more" media savy to add another weapon to their armory. However, as always the proof will be in the pudding, as the old cliche goes. Suppose only time will tell.