Brisbane Lions

Fremantle swindled by Adelaide in worst AFL trade of all-time

Kane Cornes has named his number one worst AFL trade.

During the NAB AFL Trade Radio coverage, the Port Adelaide premiership star gave listeners his views in a countdown of the Top 5 Worst Trades.

The chaotic scenes on deadline day denied Cornes the chance to unveil his worst trade of all-time but we have taken the liberty of revealing right here on

1. Andrew McLeod to Adelaide from Fremantle for Chris Groom – 1994

In 1994, the Fremantle Dockers made the fatal mistake of forgoing the rights to recruit Andrew McLeod, trading away for Chris Groom.

Groom had played 12 games in two years for the Adelaide Football Club who felt they may have benefited more from bringing in the dashing McLeod.

It proved a masterstroke as McLeod went on to help the Crows to back-to-back premierships in 1997 and 1998 – winning two Norm Smith Medals – and becoming arguably the club’s greatest ever player.

Cornes said: “No wonder Freo have never won a flag with a trade like this.”

2. Brooks, Watts, Lovett to St Kilda for three 1st-round draft picks – 2002, 2005 and 2009

St Kilda struggled with a trio of trades over three different trade periods in the 2000s.

Barry Brooks, Fergus Watts and Andrew Lovett all came to the Saints for 1st-round draft picks, playing in a total of 11 games (Brooks 10, Watts 1, Lovett 0).

It wasn't their best work, according to Cornes: "The early 2000s was an absolute disaster (for the Saints)."

3. Brendan Fevola to Brisbane from Carlton – 2009

Brendan Fevola left Carlton for the Brisbane Lions having tallied 575 goals for the Blues.

In exchange, the Blues received Lachie Henderson and Pick 12, which they used for Kane Lucas.

While Lucas only managed 42 games for the Blues, Henderson played 102 times before heading to Geelong at the end of 2015.

The Fevolution appeared only 17 times in Brisbane colours.

Cornes said: "Even the coach at the time, Michael Voss, says this didn't work."

Not a great deal for the Lions.

4. Wayne Carey to Adelaide from North Melbourne – 2002

Wayne Carey was forced out of North Melbourne in 2002, joining Adelaide.

The Kangaroos used Pick 2 to land Daniel Wells, who has forged a wonderful career, while Carey played only 28 matches for the Crows.

Cornes’ NAB AFL Trade Radio sidekick Matthew Lloyd said of the deal: “Adelaide would have thought he’d be the cream on the cake for a premiership.”

5. Trent Croad & Luke McPharlin to Fremantle from Hawthorn – 2001

Fremantle decided to bring in Trent Croad, parting with the #1 draft pick in 2001.

Hawthorn went on to draft Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell, who led the brown and gold to four premierships.

Cornes: "That trade set up the Hawthorn legacy."

From a Freo point of view it wasn't a good one!