Hamish McIntosh
Hamish McIntosh

Geelong have proved the big player in AFL trading on Thursday, bringing Jared Rivers and Hamish McIntosh to the club in deals that could impact other player movements.

Former Melbourne defender Rivers heads down to Simonds Stadium as an unrestricted free agent, having accepted a two-year deal with the Cats, while disgruntled North ruckman McIntosh has been given a three-year contract with Geelong, despite being 28 years of age.

In exchange for McIntosh, who has only played eight games in the last two years as he's battled Achilles and knee injuries, the Cats have given draft selection No.36 to the Kangaroos.

In addition to McIntosh and Rivers, the Cats have also acquired young midfielder Josh Caddy from Gold Coast, although it's Rivers' move that may ultimately prove the biggest influence on the trading period as his departure enables Melbourne to gain a compensation selection.

Initially Melbourne were not going to receive a compensation selection under free agency as Brent Moloney's departure to Brisbane was cancelled out by former Cat Shannon Byrnes' arrival at the club.

But Rivers' exit means the Demons will now gain a selection from the AFL, one which could possibly be used to acquire fringe North Melbourne big man Cameron Pedersen over the final week of trading.

If Pedersen does leave North Melbourne, the Kangaroos may be somewhat short in the big man department, although South Sudanese import Majak Daw could be used as Todd Goldstein's back up, having been elevated off the club's rookie list.


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