GWS midfielder Dylan Shiel has made his way to Essendon before the 8.30pm trade deadline.
Multiple reports emerged that the deal was done just after 8pm, with the AFL confirming the details at 8.20pm.
The Bombers sent this and next year’s first-round picks to the Giants, who added a future second-round pick to balance out the trade.
Trade paperwork officially lodged.
GWS Giants trade Dylan Shiel and its Future Rd 2 Selection to Essendon for its Rd 1 (9) and Future Rd 1 Selection.
— AFL House (@AFL_House) October 17, 2018
Shiel is done!
— Tom Browne (@TomBrowne7) October 17, 2018
Dylan Shiel deal to Essendon has been done.
— Sam McClure (@sam_mcclure) October 17, 2018
Bombers speedster Travis Colyer has made way for Shiel with a trade to Fremantle.
The Dockers have sent a future fourth-round pick to Essendon to get the Western Australian over to Perth.
Premiership star moves home
Former Brisbane captain Dayne Beams has secured his move back to Collingwood.
A premiership player with the Pies in 2010, Beams spent an emotional four years with the Lions.
The 28-year-old had moved north to be with his ill father, who passed away in March this year.
The Magpies have paid a high price for Beams, sending picks No.18 and No.56 as well as next year’s first-round selection.
The midfielder returns to Collingwood alongside picks No.41 and No.44.
Meanwhile, Collingwood will also add Western Bulldogs premiership ruckman Jordan Roughead for pick No.75.
The Bulldogs have also sent defender Marcus Adams to Brisbane for pick No.32 and a future third-round selection.
In other late trade news, Sydney’s Nic Newman made his way to Carlton for a future fourth-round pick.
Early frenzy shifts big-name players
Jesse Hogan secured his move to Fremantle after the Dockers sent Lachie Neale to Brisbane as the deals ramped up on the final day of the AFL trade period.
The Dockers sent Neale and pick No.30 to the Lions in exchange for picks No.6, No.19 and No.55.
Fremantle then sent picks No.6 and No.23 to Melbourne for Hogan and pick No.65, but they didn’t stop there.
Freo quickly secured Rory Lobb and picks No.14, No.43 and No.47 from GWS in exchange for picks No.11 and No.19.
Soon after, the Demons sent pick No.6 to Gold Coast in exchange for Steven May and Kade Kolodjashnij.
The Neale deal unlocked the series of moves, with Brisbane confident of brighter days ahead with the established star in their team.
“Lachie is a perfect fit for what we are targeting this trade period – an elite midfielder and in the 23 to 26-year-old age bracket,” Lions football boss David Noble said.
“Lachie is a quality person and highly respected player who will significantly strengthen our midfield.
“We are excited that Lachie and his partner Jules would choose our club and believe this is a reflection of our continual improvement and growth in the competition.
“We expect Lachie to be a positive influence on our culture as we collectively move forward and strive for success.
— Josh Walker (@walkerjosh14) October 17, 2018
“It is also important for us to acknowledge and thank Fremantle for working with us to get this deal done.”
Melbourne, meanwhile, produced a classy response to the trade that sent Hogan home.
“While we are disappointed to lose the high-quality player that Jesse is, we respect this decision and his request for a trade,” footy boss Josh Mahoney said.
“Jesse has been through some significant personal trauma in the past 18 months, and he has close ties to family members, including his mother, brother and sister, back in Western Australia.
“As a club, we understand that being closer to family in Perth is Jesse’s priority, and we appreciate the positive impact this can have on his wellbeing.”
The succession of deals were enabled after two trades had sent other picks and players around the league.
Wingard’s Hawthorn wish comes true
Hawthorn have landed their No.1 target in AFL trade period, offloading young defender Ryan Burton to recruit Port Adelaide’s Chad Wingard in a deal that also involves an exchange of draft picks.
The Hawks swapped Burton, draft picks No.15 and No.35 plus a future fourth-round selection to acquire Wingard and Port’s future third-round selection.
Port were involved in the other deal completed early on the final day of trade period, which runs until 8.30pm AEDT on Wednesday.
The Power traded picks No.6 and No.35 plus a future third-round selection in exchange for Brisbane utility Sam Mayes and pick No.5.
The trade, and a separate swap of picks between Queensland’s clubs, pointed towards Brisbane closing the Neale deal.
The Lions parted with a future first-round pick in exchange for the Suns’ future second-round and third-round selections, plus pick No.19.
Wingard, who was left heartbroken and “in no man’s land” according to former teammate Jared Polec, detailed his “love” of Port in an Instagram post.
“My family have been through a lot over the last month and I appreciate all the support from fans and friends who helped us,” he wrote.
“Thank you for the memories Port Adelaide, I leave with the greatest memories and appreciation of everything you’ve done for me and my family.”
Burton was holidaying in the United States with teammates when told he was on the trade table.
“Losing Ryan Burton’s not great. He’s a fine young player,” Hawks football manager Graham Wright said.
“It was a difficult process for any 21-year-old to go through but I suppose from his perspective he is going home, which is a great thing.
“He’s got a really good deal with Port and I’m sure he will be a good player for them.
“To get something in, something has to go out, so we’re disappointed but excited about Chad, Jack (Scrimshaw) and Tom Scully.”