Pre-season draft for former Bomber as Hartley delists himself

The timing of Hartley’s departure also meant the Bombers were unable to trade him during the official trade period which closed on October 16.

The Hawks have pick 11 in the pre-season draft (held on November 29, the day after the national draft) which means Hartley might be made to sweat before reaching his preferred destination although the Bombers are unable to re-draft him as they would have pick 12 in the pre-season draft if they chose to participate.

Hawthorn may also be reluctant to commit to Hartley in the national draft as they may need late picks for points to acquire father-son prospect Finn Maginness or wish to retain flexibility to potentially trade picks on draft night.

Hartley had played just seven games in his past two seasons at the Bombers after managing 37 games in 2016 and 2017 as a key defender, playing in the elimination final against Essendon in 2017.

Essendon had a tumultuous trade period after star forward Joe Daniher requested a trade to Sydney a year before becoming a restricted free agent and Orazio Fantasia flirted with the idea of returning to South Australia to join Port Adelaide.

Both players were retained for 2020 with the Bombers clear and consistent that they would not trade Daniher unless certain conditions were met while Fantasia decided to stay after appointing a new manager, TLA’s Michael Doughty.

Off the field the club reported they had turned around their financial situation becoming debt free for the first time since 2011.

Meanwhile Martin remains hopeful he will get to the Blues after The Age reported he has lodged contract terms requiring the club that picks him to pay him close to $1 million a year in each of his first two seasons at the club before his pay dropped so that he earned about $3 million in total over five seasons.

Only three players – Cam O’Shea and Jason Tutt (Carlton) and Jed Lamb (GWS Giants) – have been selected in the past six pre-season drafts with no players selected in three of the past four AFL pre-season drafts.

Tutt was the most recent player to delist himself when he left the Western Bulldogs back in 2014 as they waited to announce new coach Luke Beveridge.

The most recent busy pre-season draft was in 2013 when eight players joined AFL clubs via that mechanism.

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