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Longmire thrilled to get Everitt

By Greg Buckle 06/10/2010 09:00:13 PM Comments (0)

Sydney coach John Longmire says he's "rapt" to get Andrejs Everitt in an AFL Trade Week deal that involves Patrick Veszpremi joining the Western Bulldogs.

While both clubs were celebrating a "win-win", another deal was finalised late on Wednesday when Richmond traded midfielder Richard Tambling to Adelaide.

The Tigers will receive a compensation pick at the end of the first round, and a third-round selection.

Small forward Veszpremi, 21, felt his three years in Sydney was enough time away from Melbourne and he had told the Swans he wanted to head home.

"Patty was still under contract so we wanted to look after the football club," Longmire told AAP.

"We're rapt to have a player like Andrejs.

"He plays on half-back on players of different sizes.

"He's 193 centimetres. He's good below his knees, he can play on the wing."

Longmire said Sydney's ability to get the best out of traded players would hopefully give Everitt extra confidence.

Ex-Geelong ruckman Shane Mumford and former Hawk Josh Kennedy finished second and third in Sydney's Bob Skilton Medal last week, behind Kieren Jack.

"I hope it gives the players some confidence," Longmire said.

"We've seen some players really improve (after joining Sydney).

"So that's what we're hoping will happen. Taller players do at times take a little bit longer."

The family already has a link to Sydney. Everitt's older brother Peter "Spida" Everitt is a former Swans ruckman.

Football manager James Fantasia said the Bulldogs were thrilled to gain Veszpremi.

"Patrick is a player we have kept our eyes on for a while now and we are very excited to get him down to the club," Fantasia said.

Veszpremi became a Sydney fan favourite in his debut year of 2008, kicking four goals in one of his six games.

But in 2010 the Victorian has played only one senior match for the Swans for a total of 11, struggling this year with injuries and form.

Everitt, also 21, has played 36 games for the Bulldogs including 12 this year.

The Bulldogs also get a late pick as part of the deal, although the details will be confirmed later in trade week.

Everitt said the lifestyle and the coaching staff were two things which had attracted him to Sydney.

"It's very exciting," Everitt told the afl.com.au website from Hong Kong, where he's holidaying with Bulldogs players.

"I'm sort of trying to soak it all up."

The Bulldogs and Sydney are interested in Brisbane's Justin Sherman, who has indicated his preference for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs gave up picks 22 and No.40 on Tuesday for under-18 players Mitch Wallis and Tom Liberatore under the father-son rule.

Richmond can use their compensation selection, which Adelaide received when defender Nathan Bock signed with Gold Coast, in any draft before 2015.

"We believe these selections will place us in a strong position to recruit and develop more young talent through the draft process," Richmond football manager Craig Cameron said.

Tambling has played 108 games including 13 this season. The Northern Territory product was taken by the Tigers as No.4 pick overall in the 2004 draft, one spot before Hawthorn superstar forward Lance Franklin.

Meanwhile, Hawthorn small forward Rhan Hooper has told the club he wants to return home to Queensland.

The former Brisbane Lion joined the Hawks this season, playing six games and kicking seven goals in a year interrupted by injury.

The 22-year-old has kicked 56 goals in a 54-game career plagued by disciplinary issues.

Brisbane coach Michael Voss says the Lions aren't interested in regaining Hooper.

Hawthorn have "firm interest" in North Melbourne's David Hale, although Melbourne are also chasing the 201cm Queenslander.

The Hawks are also keen on Western Bulldogs forward Josh Hill.

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