AFL Trade: Dockers land Bulldogs premiership defender Joel Hamling

Joel Hamling celebrates victory on the siren during the grand final. Picture: Ryan Pierse/AFL Media/Getty Images
Joel Hamling celebrates victory on the siren during the grand final. Picture: Ryan Pierse/AFL Media/Getty Images

PREMIERSHIP defender Joel Hamling will wear purple next season after being traded from the Western Bulldogs to Fremantle.

Hamling, who kept Sydney star Lance Franklin to one goal in the grand final earlier this month, will head to the Dockers, together with draft selections 40 and 63.

Fremantle will hand over picks 35, 43 and 61.

Hamling flagged his intentions to return home last week.

Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney said the club was happy with the deal struck for the 24-year-old, who joined as a delisted free agent at the end of the 2014 season and played 23 games in two years.

“We thank Joel for his contribution over the past two years and wish him all the best for his future with Fremantle,” McCartney said.

“We believe we have reached a fair and equitable deal for Joel, and will keep our options open as to what we do with our picks ahead of the trade deadline on Thursday.”