AFL Trades: Sydney Swans ‘disappointed’ to lose Jordan Dawson as Adelaide Crows get their number one target

Sydney has reluctantly agreed to trade Jordan Dawson to Adelaide, saying the club is “disappointed” to lose the promising utility.

The 24-year-old will officially be a Crow next season after paperwork was lodged on the final day of the AFL trade period.

Sydney General Manager of Football, Charlie Gardiner, said the Swans agreed to the deal despite the club’s opinion that Dawson’s value was higher than the future first-round pick offered by the Crows.

“We made clear from the outset that we rated Jordan as highly as any player available in this trade period, Gardiner said.

“Throughout the trade period we worked extremely hard to reach a fair outcome in regard to Jordan, despite challenging circumstances.

“Ultimately, we have settled on a deal that we don’t think quite reflects Jordan’s true value but is one that, after extensive negotiations, we don’t believe we could improve upon.

“After strong consideration, we believed it to be in the best interests of the club to accept the deal available and move forward.”

The South Australian was selected with pick 56 in the 2015 national draft and played 64 games in five years at the Bloods.

He finished third in the club’s best and fairest this season, ahead of Swans stars Tom Papley and Callum Mills.

Dawson was offered a long-term deal to stay in Sydney but turned it down in order to return to his home state.

Adelaide GM of List Management and Strategy, Justin Reid, said Dawson has leadership potential at the club.

“He is one of the most promising young players in the competition who is entering the prime of his football career,” Reid said.

“We are pleased to have completed the trade with Sydney and that Jordan has the opportunity to play in front of his family and friends next year and beyond.”

The deal was the first trade brokered on the final day of the AFL Trade Period, which concludes today at 4.30pm AWST.

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