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West Coast trades Staker, Seaby

By Justin Chadwick And Roger Vaughan 05/10/2009 08:02:14 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane, Sydney and West Coast all say they have what they wanted after a complicated three-way trade found new AFL homes for four players.

The Eagles sent 196cm utility Brent Staker to Brisbane and ruckman Mark Seaby to Sydney, the Swans shifted premiership midfielder Amon Buchanan to the Lions and West Coast picked up 22-year-old midfielder Bradd Dalziell from Brisbane.

As well, the Eagles acquired pick 22 from Sydney and sent pick 39 to Brisbane, while the Swans snared No.28 from the Lions.

With Sydney's No.1 ruckman Darren Jolly intent on a move back home to Victoria, Swans coach Paul Roos was desperate to acquire the services of 25-year-old Seaby.

Seaby, a premiership player with 102 games to his name, was also eager for a new home after falling behind exciting teenager Nic Naitanui and Quinten Lynch as back-up options to Dean Cox in the Eagles ruck.

Roos felt it was also a good time for Buchanan to start afresh.

"He's a premiership player, he's a fantastic player but probably his last couple of years he's been battling a little bit," Roos said.

"Brisbane were interested and we were happy to facilitate that, which means we can get Seaby in.

"When you're dealing with clubs you hope to come out of it with a win-win."

Dalziell, who was restricted to just eight games this season and was left out of the Lions' two finals, said homesickness played only a minor part in his wish to be traded to West Coast.

"(When I was) playing games in Brisbane I was enjoying myself but being left out of the side sort of got me thinking of other things ... I was just frustrated at the end of the year not playing senior footy," Dalziell said.

Voss said the acquisition of Staker and Buchanan, plus Andrew Raines from Richmond, would give his unit vital experience.

"We thought it would be an ideal time to be able to bolster the list a little bit with some experience and all those players bring that," Voss said.

West Coast football operations manager Neale Daniher said the Eagles, now armed with picks No.7, 22, 23 and 55 in the draft, were well placed after also snaring Dalziell.

"To get a deal done everyone's got to feel they get something out of it and we are really happy with what we got out of it," Daniher said.

He was adamant the Eagles had the personnel to cover for the loss of Staker and Seaby: "We've got a lot of tall players."

And Daniher dismissed reports the Eagles could snare dynamite Collingwood midfielder/forward Leon Davis.

"You'll hear a lot of stories this week but I don't think that's got a lot in it, that hasn't got a lot of legs," he said.

Voss said the Lions had not held discussions with Essendon about Andrew Lovett, while he also declared ruckman Jamie Charman was not up for trade.

The Eagles are hopeful defender Matt Spangher will re-sign with the club, but Daniher said the futures of Mark Nicoski and Jamie McNamara won't be decided until late October.

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