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With Port Adelaide joining the competition, West Coast were able to engineer a deal with the new club that netted them the prized number 1 pick and junior star Michael Gardiner. In return for getting Shane Bond and Brayden Lyle for a low pick, Port agreed to sign the uncontracted Ian Downsborough and as a result West Coast were given the top pick (as well as pick 24, used on Josh Wooden) as compensation. The Eagles also picked up 200-gamer Michael Braun late in the draft.

Player arrivals[]

Exchange period: Ilija Grgic (Western Bulldogs)

National draft: Michael Braun (Bendigo Pioneers), Trent Cummings (Fitzroy), Michael Gardiner (Claremont), Nick Stone (Claremont), Josh Wooden (NSW-ACT Rams/Lockhart)

Rookie draft: Paul Blair (Subiaco), Todd Nener (East Perth), Trent Simpson (East Perth), Ryan Webb (West Perth)

Player departures[]

Retired: Don Pyke

Exchange period: Shane Bond (Port Adelaide), Ian Downsborough (Port Adelaide, uncontracted player selection), Brayden Lyle (Port Adelaide), Luke Trew (Western Bulldogs)

Delisted: Jason Heatley

Exchange period[]

Ian Downsborough to Port Adelaide as an uncontracted player selection (West Coast received picks 1 (Michael Gardiner and 24 (Josh Wooden) as compensation)

Trades:

Traded To For Notes
Shane Bond
Brayden Lyle
Port Adelaide Pick 57 (Trent Cummings) Linked to Downsborough signing
Luke Trew
Pick 20 (Matthew Dent)
Western Bulldogs Ilija Grgic

Drafts[]

National draft:

1. Michael Gardiner (Claremont)

24. Josh Wooden (NSW-ACT Rams)

39. Nick Stone (Claremont)

53. Michael Braun (Bendigo Pioneers)

57. Trent Cummings (Fitzroy)

Pre-season draft:

Did not participate

Rookie draft:

11. Paul Blair (Subiaco)

26. Ryan Webb (West Perth)

41. Trent Simpson (East Perth)

56. Todd Nener (East Perth)

Other players drafted[]

National draft:

19. Brent Tuckey (Collingwood)

49. Jason Heatley (St Kilda)

69. Chad Rintoul (Adelaide)

Rookie draft:

57. Luke Trew (Essendon)

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