Mitch McGovern seals AFL trade in three-way swap

Carlton have recruited Mitch McGovern from Adelaide in the AFL trade period, finalising a three-way swap which also involves Sydney.

The Crows have received the Swans’ first-round draft pick (No.13), a future fifth-round selection from Carlton plus SANFL talent Shane McAdam (one of the Blues’ pre-draft access picks).

The Blues acquired McGovern and a future third-round pick from the Crows in the swap, which both clubs have confirmed on their respective websites.

Mitch McGovern is on his way to Carlton. Pic: Getty

The Swans received picks No.26 and No.28 from the Blues, and No.40 from the Crows.

Wednesday’s trading activity commenced with an exchange of draft picks between Brisbane and Gold Coast.

The Lions offloaded picks No.24, No.58 and No.79 to the Suns in exchange for selections No.32, No.41, No.44 and No.77.

The Lions, who signed Geelong’s Lincoln McCarthy on Monday, are ramping up their pursuit of Fremantle’s reigning best and fairest Lachie Neale.

GWS star Dylan Shiel nominates club of choice

Contracted GWS midfielder Dylan Shiel has nominated Essendon as his preferred new AFL club.

Carlton, Hawthorn and St Kilda were also chasing the 2017 All-Australian, who has one year remaining on his Giants contract.

The Bombers’ first-round draft pick of No.9 is almost certain to be part of any deal, although GWS would likely seek further compensation for the highly-rated Shiel.

Dylan Shiel’s move to Essendon will see a number of other trade deals done

The Giants said the 25-year-old had told them of his wish to move to Essendon.

“Dylan has been a big part of this club for a number of years and we have been having mature and honest conversations, particularly considering he will enter free agency at the end of next year,” GWS said in a statement.

“The Giants are prepared to discuss potential trade options with the Bombers that sees an appropriate return for the club.”

If a suitable trade can be arranged, Shiel will again join forces with Devon Smith, who won Essendon’s 2018 best and fairest award in his first year after leaving the Giants.