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  • 2014 Trade Summary

    Draft picks: 17, 20, 62, 71, 89, 107, 125.

    Arrived: Jonathan Giles, Adam Cooney, James Gwilt, pick 17, pick 62.

    Departed: Paddy Ryder, pick 53.

    Trade activity: Paddy Ryder traded to Port Adelaide for pick No.17 and 37; pick No.37 on-traded to Western Bulldogs for Adam Cooney, pick 53 traded to GWS for Jonathan Giles and pick 62, James Gwilt (unrestricted free agent).

    Trade misses: Daniel Gorringe was on the club's radar and would have been an excellent replacement for Ryder given his youth. But Gorringe rebuffed Essendon's interest and ended up staying at Gold Coast. They are also believed to have made a play for Mitch Clark as he was weighing up options.

    Trade period mark: The Bombers did about as well as they could given their unique and difficult circumstances. Paddy Ryder wanted to leave, and finding a solution that aided the Bombers was hard. But the club managed to bring in another early selection and some experienced types including Cooney to offset his departure. Giles, as a ready-made ruckman, was a solid choice and having two top-20 draft picks should see some young talent emerge.

  • Giles joins the Bombers

    Ruckman Jonathan Giles has officially joined Essendon after the club completed a trade this morning with Greater Western Sydney in exchange for pick 53.

    Giles was initially on Port Adelaide’s list for four years before joining the Giants where he played 51 matches in three seasons. The 26-year-old has a proven ability to move forward having booted 39 goals during his time with Greater Western Sydney. List Manager Adrian Dodoro said the acquisition of Giles added important ruck depth to the club’s list.

    “The club is very excited that Jonathan has joined us for the next two seasons to add further depth to our ruck stocks,” Dodoro said. “Jonathan has shown that he is able to compete with the best ruckmen in the competition and we see him forming an important partnership with Tom Bellchambers in the ruck."

    The Club will also receive pick 62 from the Giants in the deal. Giles, who stands 201cm tall, was recruited by Port Adelaide from Central Districts in the 2005 National Draft.

  • Cooney lands at Bombers in three way trade

    Essendon Football Club has today lodged paperwork for a trade that will see ruckman Patrick Ryder move to the Port Adelaide Football Club in exchange for picks 17 and 37. The Club will on trade pick 37 to the Western Bulldogs for 2008 Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney who has agreed to a two-year deal with the Bombers. The 29-year-old played 209 games for the Western Bulldogs since being drafted at pick one in the 2003 National Draft.

    List Manager Adrian Dodoro said the Club was thrilled to secure a player of Cooney’s calibre. "We are very excited Adam has chosen to join our club,” Dodoro said. "Adam is a proven performer and will add important outside speed to our side as well as valuable experience to our midfield group. From our discussions with Adam, he is very excited about coming to play for a big club in blockbuster games such as ANZAC Day and Dreamtime and we are excited about what he can offer us."

    Dodoro thanked Ryder for his contribution to Essendon. “Paddy was a very valued member of our football club and while we are disappointed to lose a player like him, we wish him all the best for the future,” Dodoro said.

    Ruckman Jonathan Giles has also officially joined Essendon after the Club completed a trade earlier this morning with Greater Western Sydney in exchange for pick 53. The Club will also receive pick 62 from the Giants in the deal.

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