AFL Trade Checker: Goddard To Essendon, Tippett Out

Plus Fremantle aims for Port star.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Brendon Goddard, the second big name AFL free agent along with Travis Cloke, has come to decision regarding his football future, but unlike Cloke who signed a new deal at Collingwood late last week, Goddard has decided his future will not be with his old club.

Cloke, who signed a new deal at Collingwood late last week, chose to stay put, but Goddard has turned his back on a 10 year, 205 game career at the Saints to join what should be a better Essendon team in 2013.

Essendon’s contract offer to Goddard was allegedly a four year deal compared to the three St Kilda were offering, yet despite other reports no offer of a leadership position were included.

Speculation surrounding Goddard’s departure has been circulating for some time.  Mid last year he was linked to a move to Greater Western Sydney and was also rumoured to be on Fremantle’s radar.

Reports Monday afternoon confirmed what many had been dreading in Adelaide; Kurt Tippett will tell the club he no longer wants to play for them.

Club legend Mark Rucciuto broke the news late last season and AFL ‘expert’ Craig Hutchinson confirmed suspicions today by saying, "We're told he'll tell the Adelaide Crows this afternoon (Monday) that he is out and we're confident to put our names to that".

Tippett was originally rumoured to want to return to his home state of Queensland, but that is now apparently not a given.

Tippett’s influence in Adelaide’s remarkable turnaround season wasn’t especially prolific, especially late in the year, but his potential and goal kicking ability are an added bonus around their other young star Taylor Walker.

Fremantle officially made an interesting offer to sign Port Adelaide free agent Danyle Pearce.

A team with a couple of deadly runners already, Fremantle seem want to add more credibility to their midfield.

The 26-year-old Pearce is coming off a year in which he averaged 21.2 possessions a game (tied career high) over 20 games.

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