The AFL trade period is over but the hype has barely begun. Ahead of the 2016 draft, plenty of sides have already made big changes to their line-up for next year. While some traded players are set for success, others are doomed to fail. Read on for some tasty AFL futures.
<b>Travis Cloke, Collingwood Magpies to Western Bulldogs</b>
Cloke was traded to the Bulldogs in exchange for pick 76 in the 2016 draft. While the 29-year-old was considered one of the best power forwards in the game from 2011 to 2014, his form in recent seasons has significantly declined. Cloke played just 13 games this year and managed only 17 goals after being dropped three times. The two-time All Australian will be out to prove his best footy is not behind him and Sportsbet are offering a gutsy 2.05 odds for Travis to score over 38.5 goals for the reigning premiers in 2017.
<b>Cam McCarthy, Greater Western Sydney to Fremantle Dockers</b>
The 21-year-old is hoping to restart his career at the Dockers in 2017. Fremantle handed over draft pick 3 for McCarthy and three lower picks, but the forward has not played an AFL game since round 23, 2015, having returned home to Western Australia to deal with mental health issues. While fans should give him the benefit of the doubt, McCarthy will have to overcome the hype surrounding his comeback to repay the Dockers' faith in him. Get $2.05 odds for Cam to slot over 40.5 goals next year with Sportsbet.
<b>Tom Mitchell, Sydney Swans to Hawthorn Hawks</b>
The midfielder cost the Hawks draft selection 14. Along with the Jaeger O'Meara deal, Hawthorn will effectively be without a presence in this year's draft and don't have a first or second-round selection in 2017. That leaves a lot rests on the 23-year-old's young shoulders, but Mitchell is expected to slot seamlessly into the Hawks' midfield, especially given he's a strong contested player. Plenty at the club are hoping he'll post career-highs next year and Sportsbet are offering a juicy $6 odds for Tom to win Hawthorn's Best and Fairest in 2017.
<b>Jaeger O'Meara, Gold Coast Suns to Hawthorn Hawks</b>
The Hawks finally got their man in a hectic deadline day scramble, bringing a dramatic end to the long-running trade saga, but at what cost? Hawthorn gave up pick 10 in this year's draft and two future first-round picks. Talk about high risk, high reward and O'Meara will be under the microscope from Round 1 in 2017. Although the 22-year-old hasn't played at AFL level in more than two years due to injury, if O'Meara hits top form he could easily prove the $12 odds Bet365 are offering for a Hawthorn 2017 premiership are massive overs.
Written by <b>Tim Alexander</b>