AFL Trade/FA

Gibbs gets to Crows – finally

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This would have to go down as one of the longest, most prolonged trade deals in history. It emerged last year that Bryce Gibbs wanted to be traded to Adelaide and that deal didn’t get done. Adelaide at the time refused to trade two first-round selections, but then for some reason, went ahead and did that anyway this year. Go figure.

The 28-year-old is hopeful of securing a premiership with Adelaide when he returns to his home state. Potentially, Gibbs could be playing for another five or so years despite signing a four-year contract., adding to his 231 games he played in for Carlton.

In the Blues midfield, he averaged 26.8 disposals and 5.2 marks a game, while almost laying six tackles each time he took to the field. No doubt though, Gibbs could have performed better if he wasn’t 19th for turnovers and 20th for clangers. Still, he’s a classy player, something Adelaide need outside of their inside mids in Rory Sloane and the Crouch brothers.

Gibbs was finally traded to Adelaide, along with pick 77 and future second and third round selections. His now-former club gets picks 10, 16, 73 and a 2018 second-round pick.

SUPERCOACH IMPACT

The question remains, can Gibbs scoop up SuperCoach points like he did at Carlton? He was one of the big names at Carlton, but when he arrives at Adelaide – there’s plenty of big names such as Rory Sloane, Brad and Matt Crouch who are already scoring really well. It could really go two ways: either he receives less attention due to the aforementioned names, and continues to thrive. Otherwise, it could be downhill, in that Gibbs’ role struggles to provide enough SuperCoach points in order to justify his selection.

In 2017, he had 10 scores that were triple figures, one of which was 208. A further seven scores were 90+, while there was only three below his 79 and 80 in the final two rounds.

SUPERCOACH VALUE

He’s pumped out some big scores, along with some petty ones – but overall has remained fairly consistent. Throughout 2017, he lost around $100k in value, finishing the year at $473,700. It would be fair to expect him to remain around the $450k-$500k mark.

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