AFL Trade Period 2020: New recruits, pocket profiles of players who switched clubs, every trade recruit ranked, biggest moves, list of all players traded, trade period review, trade ratings


With the trade period all wrapped up, there have been some big-name acquisitions and bargain buys heading into 2021.

Some are expected to play major roles at their new sides while others could be perfect role players.

We look at every player who arrived at a new club during the trade period and assess what they could bring to their team next year.

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AFL 2020, news: Team calendars, traded players, AFL merchandise, Adam Treloar


The AFL have jumped the gun with the release of several team calendars showing players who no longer remain at the clubs they’re pictured with.

With the 2020 season pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, the AFL‘s merchandise team should have held off until after the silly season had come and gone.

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Instead the 20-month calendars were released in September, running through until April 2022, before the season had finished and the Trade Period had played out.

Now the league is left with a touch of egg on its face with players from as many as nine teams on the pages, despite now being at new homes.

A total of 12 players, either traded or retired, are shown under certain months with three players gracing the cover of their respective old clubs.

The most awkward of all comes in the form of the most under fire club in the competition in Collingwood with Adam Treloar front and centre on the cover.

Treloar is then shown as the image for the month of January 2021, to make matters even worse for the Pies, traded forward Jaidyn Stephenson is listed under the month of October.

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The other two teams front covers that now paint an extremely awkward picture are Adelaide and Sydney.

Brad Crouch is now a member of St Kilda but sits on the front, although slightly hidden behind Rory Sloane and Daniel Talia.

Sydney however opted to put Aliir Aliir as the main man on the calendar cover. Aliir joined Port Adelaide during the Trade Period.

January was the roughest month for calendar makers with seven out of the 12 players who have either been traded or since retired gracing those pages. Treloar, Crouch and Aliir all hold down the month of January.

Along with those three are Adam Saad who is shown in his Essendon colours despite now being a member of Carlton. Ben Brown who was traded from North Melbourne to Melbourne.

The final two are retired Port Adelaide star Brad Ebert and former Hawthorn skipper Ben Stratton.

The final four players listed under other months are: Shaun Higgins who graces the month of August, Higgins was traded from North Melbourne to Geelong. Rory Atkins who is the photo for the month of December, left the Crows and is now a member of the Gold Coast Suns.

Former Brisbane Lions defender Alex Witherden sits on the month of October. Witherden was traded to the West Coast Eagles during the Trade Period.

The final player is Jeremy Cameron who at the final second of the Trade Period was traded from GWS and is now a member of Geelong.

The official team calendars are still available on the AFL store website, they might be getting a few emails for returns following the Trade Period mayhem.

Players being traded isn’t anything new and merchandise can often cop the brunt of team changes, but it may also be a good move for the merchandise department to hold off until after the Trade Period to start printing the calendars.



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North veteran Higgins traded to Geelong


Geelong have added another experienced player into their AFL mix with the Cats completing a trade for star North Melbourne veteran Shaun Higgins.

The gun midfielder, who will be aged 33 when the 2021 season begins, is off to his third club after the Kangaroos traded him to Geelong for pick 30.

A dual best-and-fairest winner at Arden St, the former Western Bulldog will help Geelong’s push to go one better after losing this year’s grand final to Richmond.

Higgins joins Hawthorn premiership hero Isaac Smith as veterans to have arrived at Kardinia Park during this off-season.

“Shaun is a very talented and accomplished player and he can fill a number of roles. We are looking forward to seeing him in Geelong colours,” Geelong list manager Stephen Wells said.

Higgins won’t be the last accomplished player to leave North with star forward Ben Brown’s trade to Melbourne imminent.

Earlier, Adam Saad finally became a Carlton player after the Blues and Essendon agreed on a trade for the dashing defender.

The Bombers have received Carlton’s prized pick eight as well as a fourth-round selection for Saad, who wanted out after three seasons at Essendon.

Along with the 26-year-old, the Bombers have also packaged up pick 48 and 78 to send to Carlton.

The rivals were at loggerheads over the former Gold Coast player since he requested a trade to Carlton on October 5.

“Few in the competition are better to watch when in full flight than Adam and we can’t wait to see his electrifying pace added to our backline,” Blues list manager Nick Austin said.

Essendon are boasting about having picks six, seven and eight after not having used a first-round selection since 2016.

“We now have three top-10 draft picks for this year’s AFL national draft, which is a very strong position to be in, particularly with the calibre of this year’s draft class,” Bombers list boss Adrian Dodoro said.

In other moves on Wednesday, Geelong speedster Nakia Cockatoo’s trade to the Brisbane Lions has been settled for a future third-round pick and the Cats’ Lachie Fogarty is off to Carlton.

A former No.10 draft pick, Cockatoo hasn’t played a game since 2018 but the Lions are banking on their good recent record of reviving the careers of injury-prone players.

Port Adelaide have secured versatile Sydney tall Aliir Aliir for a future second-round pick as the Power aim to build on a preliminary-final appearance this year.

Aliir toured the Power’s Alberton facilities on Monday and moves clubs after 64 games with the Swans.

Port are also looking to complete a trade for wantaway Essendon forward Orazio Fantasia.

Fantasia is determined to return to South Australia for the second year in a row but a deal between the Power and the Bombers is still a fair way off with just two days remaining in the trade period.





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AFL trades 2020: First trade, who will be traded first, trade dominoes, most important moves, Joe Daniher, Adam Saad, Jack Higgins


It’s going to be a busy two weeks of trading, but some moves are going to have to happen first.

Many teams will be waiting to see what rivals and potential trade targets do first, while other clubs are bound by AFL rules to make certain moves before others.

Foxfooty.com.au looks at the dominoes that need to fall first to spark the trade period.

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America Has Traded God for Empire, Narcissism, Militarism, Usury, Sodomy



It goes without saying that Father Joseph Gleason of Russian Faith is making his mark in the world for the Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ.  His theological journey has finally taken him into the priesthood of the Russian Orthodox Church.  Geographically, the journey he and his family have embarked upon has taken them from the United States to Russia and a place called Rostov-The-Great.  His is a story worth following on an ongoing basis.  I sense his personal odyssey may prove larger in history than he or anyone else imagines right now.

Russian TV is making a film about the Gleason family. This is an excellent 3-minute teaser.


His most recent entry on the Russian Faith website is entitled, “Homosexuals Persecuting Christians in America:  Do You Feel The Walls Closing In?” This marvelous piece is 5,050 words long.  My succinct initial response to his labors before even reading the essay itself was–and is–a simple “Yes.”I do not come to this conclusion quickly or without study and engagement.  Since 9-11, I have set aside most of the rest of my life to attempt to bring the people of America to an awareness of how late the hour is, and the perilous state of both individual souls and a collective people that has turned its back on God in favor of an Empire built on narcissism, militarism, usury, and sodomy.

But the painful truth is that I have failed.  I have lost 17 years of my life in the process. I admitted as much some years ago in a well publicized essay entitled, “Why We’re Finished.”  Later, I found myself being pilloried by the Jerusalem Post and the international Jewish press for telling Press TV Iran the truth after the infamous Obergefell Supreme Court decision of 2015 about who played a pivotally disproportionate role in bringing this latest advance of Cultural Marxism to pass in the United States, as was the case in the Roe v Wade decision of January of 1973.  Joseph Biden said the same thing I did, only he hailed the development as a new dawning in America.  I didn’t.  Thus, I was in the crosshairs of the usual suspects.  Not one of my Lutheran colleagues in the United States came to my public defense.  I was on my own and I knew it, just as I have been for years in these circles for discussing 9-11, Empire foreign and military policy, the Kennedy Assassination, and the abortion and LGBTQ issues among many others.

Nothing in the last 4 years has changed the equation.  I said as much in an essay entitled, “A ‘Communist’s’ Thoughts on the 4th of July,” appropriately retitled, “Russia is a Beacon of Promise for a Christian Future” for Russia Faith and Russian Insider readers.  The thousands of hits on those sites revealed I had struck a chord or a raw nerve depending on the perspective of the reader, which is why editors like Charles Bausman and Father Joseph Gleason have increasingly come under attack by MSM rags in the United States like The Daily Beast as agents of the Kremlin, which assaulted me well before it did these fine people.  I wore that as a badge of honor. I still do.

Which brings me back to Father Gleason’s latest post.  His conclusions about what the LGBTQ movement and the power elite’s goals are in both the United States and globally in regard to authentic Christianity and its adherents are no different than what Rod Dreher wrote in Time Magazine after the Obergefell decision, only sharper in focus in the implications.  This sharpening of focus leads the American Christian who prayerfully contemplates the reality of the homeland advances of the New World Order to examine his or her position very carefully as the Holy Spirit of God leads and directs.

For the record, after examination over time, I humbly conclude personally that:

1) Father Joseph Gleason has made the right decision for himself and his family in moving to Russia;

2) Recent developments in that country and elsewhere make it clear to me that Orthodoxy is especially being used of God in the proclamation of the Gospel in an age of advancing heresy and apostasy–not declining Lutheranism, Catholicism, or a Protestant Evangelical movement overcome with worship of Zionism and increasing pop accommodation to cancerous American and European cultures headed for absolute shipwreck; 

3) For young believers around the world including a couple I have recently read about in Brazil, and young American Christians feeling bewildered and embattled as they Feel the Walls Closing In, examine the Lord’s will very closely in regard to the beckoning of Father Gleason and his migrating minions to the place that the Triune God is restoring at this eschatological hour in history to counter the evil plans of a Western Globalist and Zionist movement bent on using moral and sexual perversion, mass media manipulation, consumerism, economic sanctions, and overt military aggression to achieve Satan’s final victory in this present realm; 

4) The latest actions of the United States in the Ukraine in sewing discord in the Orthodox Church only underscore the depths to which the political leadership in America will go on behalf the objectives of the New World Order, along with the entire spectrum of moves being made by The Empire against Iran, Syria, Russia, and Venezuela;  5) When all of this is understood in discernment by the Christian believer in the West in terms of prophetic developments, those of us whose circumstances mandate remaining in our earthly homeland in exile must do so only in the clear understanding that the outcome is not merely an exilic experience of alienation and marginalization, but one which promises martyrdom itself.

My last public address to a Lutheran group discussed this.  I’m still not sure those in the lecture hall in upstate Wisconsin last year really had the foggiest notion of what I was trying to say in the Lord to them.  But Father Joseph Gleason knows of what I speak, and so do most of his readers at Russian Faith. There are a few Christian homeschoolers in Texas who certainly understand. For those in the United States and the West in a position to make choices for themselves and their families on the basis of their individual circumstances and Christian witness for the truth in history, follow him to higher ground.  Get out of Dodge while you can.

I believe God has truly raised this man up at this most critical and final hour in world and redemptive history. Consider his witness and his words carefully. That is my best advice to you. The clock is ticking to midnight.



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Warren Buffett traded Goldman Sachs for gold in Berkshire Hathaway’s newly revealed portfolio


Airlines weren’t the only stocks Warren Buffett soured on during the pandemic. In addition to selling all his airline holdings including Delta and Southwest, which Buffett announced in May, the Berkshire Hathaway investor also dumped his bank stocks, closing his position in Goldman Sachs completely.

Indeed, Buffett did far more selling than buying between April and June, as Berkshire’s quarterly shareholder filing, released Friday afternoon, made clear. As the coronavirus crisis escalated, the celebrated investor added just a single new stock to his Berkshire Hathaway portfolio: Barrick Gold, a Canada-based mining company whose stock price loosely trades in tandem with the price of gold—which has surged this year (up nearly 30%) as investors have sought safe havens. Barrick itself has outperformed the precious metal, with its shares up 45% so far in 2020. Buffett’s Barrick stock is currently worth about $565 million.

Buffett clearly jumped to pull out of stocks most hurt by the coronavirus-related shutdowns. He also sold all his shares in Restaurant Brands International, the owner of fast food restaurants including Burger King and Popeyes, which struggled as customers stayed home more and regional restrictions forced dining rooms to close.

The Oracle of Omaha also dumped all of his Occidental stock during the COVID-19 pandemic—despite his sweet dividend arrangement with the energy company, under which Oxy paid a hefty 8% yield exclusively to Berkshire Hathaway after Buffett’s company backed Oxy’s acquisition of Anadarko last year. As oil prices hit record lows this spring with airplanes grounded and travel at a standstill, energy companies like Occidental have floundered; desperate for cash, Oxy had cut its dividend to its non-Buffett shareholders twice this year, to just a penny per share.

Besides dumping Goldman outright, Buffett sold shares in other banks, cutting his position in JPMorgan Chase by 61%, and trimming his holdings in Wells Fargo and PNC. This year, Goldman has been a bright star in the financial industry, outperforming its Wall Street peers thanks to robust trading profits; and though all bank stocks are in negative territory for 2020, they haven’t lost nearly as much as airlines and energy companies. Buffett may be shying away from banks in anticipation of increasing loan defaults as the economic pain resulting from the pandemic sinks in, which Wall Street CEOs have lately warned of.

It wasn’t all selling over at Berkshire’s Omaha headquarters, though. Buffett added to his position in Kroger, as well as Liberty Media and STORE Capital, a real estate investment trust.

Notable, however, is just how little Buffett bought in the second quarter of 2020. The Berkshire Hathaway investor is famous for his oft-quoted creed, from his 1986 shareholder letter: “We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.”

Despite the seesawing market volatility of recent months, it doesn’t seem like Buffett has seen enough fear among other investors to make him feel greedy just yet. After all, much of the market is at or nearing all-time highs—though Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has fallen behind, down more than 6% so far this year. If the Oracle is right in staying cautious for now, though, investors may find themselves more fearful in the future.

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Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker’s partnership for South Sydney stands test of time after they almost traded blows


Adam Reynolds/Cody Walker (Souths) – 67

Daly Cherry-Evans/Dylan Walker (Manly) – 34

Chad Townsend/Shaun Johnson (Cronulla/Warriors) – 55

Mitch Moses/Dylan Brown (Parramatta) – 20

Kodi Nikorima/Blake Green (Warriors) – 15

Cameron Munster/Ryley Jacks (Melbourne) – 11

Mitchell Pearce/Kurt Mann (Newcastle) – 10

Kieran Foran/Lachlan Lewis (Bulldogs) – 9

Josh Reynolds/Luke Brooks (Tigers) – 7

Jack Wighton/George Williams (Canberra) – 5

Anthony Milford/Brodie Croft (Broncos) – 5

Luke Keary/Kyle Flanagan (Roosters) – 5

Nathan Cleary/Jaroma Luai (Panthers) – 4

Ash Taylor/Jamal Fogarty (Titans) – 4

Svcott Drinkwater/Jake Clifford (Cowboys) – 3

Corey Norman/Adam Clune (Dragons) -1

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