James Aish’s move to Collingwood was “never in doubt”, according to Magpies football manager Derek Hine.
South Australian Aish, who turns 20 next month, was traded in a complicated three-club swap which sent contracted North Melbourne midfielder Ryan Bastinac to the Lions.
Lions director Leigh Matthews said only three weeks ago that the former No. 7 draft pick would not move in the exchange period, and would either remain at the Gabba, or find a new home in the pre-season draft.
But Hine never stopped believing. “[It was] never in doubt,” he said at Etihad Stadium as the trade period drew to a close on Thursday.
Having played hardball early, the Lions’ stance on trading Aish softened, with Schwab saying that the ability to land a ready-made player was central to the change. “We were always clear that in whatever deal we did, we had to get a player come through to us, and we think Ryan is an ideal player to replaces the loss of James,” Schwab said.
Both clubs were positive about their respective acquisitions.
Schwab suggested Bastinac was an upgrade on Aish.
“He’s older, more credentialled and plays in a similar spot, so that’s ideal for us. He’s shown he can play highly at this level, he’s a good endurance runner, uses the ball well, he’s got the attributes to play really good footy.”
Hine noted that Aish had suffered injuries in 2015, with separate jaw and finger issues keeping him out for nearly half the season. But he was confident that a fit Aish, along with fellow new Magpie Adam Treloar, would allow veteran Dane Swan to spend more time in the forward line.
He also said he wasn’t sure if the Pies could now be considered a “destination club”, but said it was a credit to the organisation that Aish, Treloar and former Melbourne utility Jeremy Howe had all identified Collingwood as a desirable new home.
“It really is pleasing we had three boys who have really wanted to get to our football club, which is a testament to everyone at the club, the coaching staff, the administration and so on.”
The Lions received Bastinac, 24, two second-round draft picks (38 and 40) and a second-round pick in next year’s draft from North, as well as a second-round pick next year from Collingwood. The Magpies got Aish as well as picks 34 and 53 (from North), while the Roos landed picks 17 and 26 (from the Lions), and picks 28 and 47 (from Collingwood). Pick 26 had earlier been traded from the Magpies.
This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 老域名购买.