Cats snare Rivers, McIntosh

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 18 Oktober 2012 | 14.43

Melbourne defender Jared Rivers is bound for Geelong. Picture: Michael Klein. Source: Herald Sun

GEELONG has recruited Jared Rivers and Hamish McIntosh in a one-two trade punch.

The out-of-contract Melbourne defender and the Cats today struck a deal that will see Rivers move down the highway in 2013.

The Cats have also confirmed they have signed Kangaroos big man McIntosh on a three-year deal.

In exchange Geelong has handed North Melbourne pick 36 in November's national draft.

The Roos are expected to receive another pick from the Demons for Cam Pederson - and are likely to use one of those selections to get young Port Adelaide midfielder Ben Jacobs.

In a huge day for the Cats, they have also confirmed the details of the deal to get Josh Caddy from the Gold Coast - sending the Suns pick 55 and the compensation pick for losing Gary Ablett two years ago.

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Cats football manager Neil Balme said the club had been bolder than previous years in getting deals done.

"The list profile has change a bit, quite a few of our long term great players have retired over the past 2-3 years and that's likely to continue," he said on SEN.

"We've got a relatively young list at one end so we're probably in a position to look at what's going to happen over the next couple of years and we've probably taken a risk on a few older players."

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He confirmed youngsters Mitch Brown and Tom Gillies could be on the way out to make way for the new recruits.

"There will be a bit of fallout … we'll have to work through that (next week).

On the prospect of Geelong making even more deals, Balme said: "We're not really expecting to but you never quite know … like most clubs we're reasonably tight on the list, (there's) not a lot of scope to do more."

Every deal at Department of Trades

Rivers' management and Geelong are meeting now to formalise a two-year contract, ending an anxious fortnight for the 27-year-old.

Rivers was an unrestricted free agent and was allowed to move to the club of his choice.

That club has long been Geelong, who made it clear they wanted a ready replacement for recently retired full-back Matthew Scarlett.

The Cats' recruitment of Gold Coast youngster Josh Caddy and their ongoing pursuit of McIntosh had delayed the Rivers deal.

The league-wide uncertainty over compensation picks also muddied the waters.

Kangaroos football manager Donald McDonald said McIntosh had played a key role in North's run to the 2007 preliminary final but had been held back by injuries since.

"Obviously, it's disappointing to lose Hamish but we wish him all the best for his future and acknowledge the significant contribution he's made to our football club," McDonald said.

The move leaves Todd Goldstein as the Roos' No.1 ruckman with recently promoted rookie Majak Daw as back-up.

Hamish McIntosh keeps his eye on the ball. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: Herald Sun

The Demons will receive AFL compensation tomorrow for losing free agents Rivers and Brent Moloney, although the compo will be off-set by their acquisition of former Cat Shannon Byrnes.

Rivers is a good friend of Geelong defender Andrew Mackie - a former schoolmate in South Australia - and knows several players at Simonds Stadium.

Port Adelaide also expressed an interest in Rivers after losing Troy Chaplin to Richmond.

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Geelong players reacted positively to the news on Twitter, with captain Joel Selwood tweeting "Busy day @CatsInsider #greatresults".

Other players to tweet included:

Tom Hawkins: "Great news for the Cats today! Exciting times getting even more exciting"

Andrew Mackie: "Great work by the club... Looking forward to it all starting again!"

Steve Johnson: "Good news! Look forward to seeing the boys soon.. Been a long time since I played footy with the big h!"

Rivers, who won the AFL Rising Star Award in 2004, played 150 matches for Melbourne after being recruited from North Adelaide with pick 26 in the 2002 national draft.

McIntosh played 107 matches for the Kangaroos, including the first seven this season before going down with a knee injury. He has reportedly recovered well from surgery.

2012 Trade and Free Agency period


IN: Chris Dawes (Collingwood), Shannon Byrnes (Geelong), Jack Viney (father-son pick), Jesse Hogan (via 17yo mini-draft), Dom Barry
OUT: Jared Rivers (Geelong), Brent Moloney (Brisbane)
STILL COMING (MAYBE): Scott Gumbleton, Cam Pederson
STILL GOING (MAYBE): Jordan Gysberts, Cale Morton, Stefan Martin
DRAFT PICKS: 4, 58, 64, 82, 100, 118


IN: Josh Caddy (Gold Coast), Jared Rivers (Melbourne), Hamish McIntosh (North Melbourne)
OUT: Shannon Byrnes (Melbourne)
STILL GOING (MAYBE): Mitch Brown, Tom Gillies
DRAFT PICKS: 15, 55, 73, 91, 109


IN: -
OUT: Hamish McIntosh
STILL COMING (MAYBE): Ben Jacobs (Port Adelaide)
STILL GOING (MAYBE): Cam Pederson, Matt Campbell, Cruize Garlett
DRAFT PICKS: 14, 35, 36, 54, 72, 90, 108, 126

- with Jay Clark, Al Paton

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