It is swap season in the AFL and the carousel continues to spin as the 18 clubs of the AFL now focus on improving their lists in the pursuit of better results in 2019, or keeping lists intact in the case of the clubs that did well in 2018.

Not long ago, it seems a more or less certainty that Dylan Shiel was intent of going to the Hawthorn Hawks, but he surprised more than a few when he informed Greater Western Sydney of his wish to play for the Essendon Bombers next year.

If Shiel is enough to move Essendon into the top eight next year from the 11th where they concluded in 2018, he could be a hero. If not, well then he might regret turning down better offers from the Hawks, Carlton Blues and St. Kilda Saints.

Former St. Kilda star Leigh Montagna might have been expressing his disappointment in the Saints missing out on Shiel when he (Montagna) told Fox Footy, “Hawthorn now is an interesting one for me because they have missed out on Dylan Shiel, now they do they have more of a crack at Chad Wingard? We know that he is a talented player and I think he is exactly what the Hawks need — a bit more class forward of the ball now that Cyril Rioli is retired.”

Wingard is less than satisfied with his job with Port Adelaide, it might be challenging for Hawthorn to sway him in their direction, although it might require the Hawks to make some significant draft concessions to get themselves in a position to secure Wingard.

The Western Bulldogs hold the seventh pick, with Hawthorn further back with the 15th pick, which would seem to give the Dogs an edge.

The Hawks might need to employs some creativity in order to put together an offer that would trump the Dogs and satisfy both Port and Wingard, but they should guard against going overboard out of remorse at missing out on Shiel. By Australian Free Bets

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