In the offseason from hell, captain and star midfielder Chris Judd demanded a trade to Carlton, and "spiritual leader" Ben Cousins was sacked after his off-field issues escalated following the death of close friend Chris Mainwaring. Two other premiership players also departed, with Rowan Jones retiring at 27 to pursue a career in finance and Daniel Chick delisted, again due to off-field issues.

On the positive side, West Coast were able to get talented forward Josh Kennedy from Carlton as part of the Judd deal, and drafted future midfield stars Chris Masten and Scott Selwood.

Player arrivalsEdit

Exchange period: Josh Kennedy (Carlton)

National draft: Brad Ebert (Port Adelaide Magpies), Chris Masten (East Fremantle), Tony Notte (Swan Districts), Scott Selwood (Bendigo Pioneers)

Pre-season draft: Patrick McGinnity (Claremont)

NSW scholarship selection: Ryan Davis (North Shore)

Rookie draft: Ashley Arrowsmith (Calder Cannons), Lewis Stevenson (Claremont), Will Sullivan (Western Jets), Beau Wilkes (West Coast, redrafted), Callum Wilson (South Fremantle)

Player departuresEdit

Retired: Rowan Jones, Josh Wooden

Exchange period: Chris Judd (Carlton), Mitch Morton (Richmond)

Delisted: Daniel Chick, Ben Cousins, Ashley Sampi, Ben Sharp (rookie), Llane Spaanderman (rookie), Ashley Thornton (rookie), Beau Wilkes (rookie)

Exchange periodEdit

Traded To For Notes
Chris Judd
Pick 46 (Dennis Armfield)
Carlton Josh Kennedy
Pick 3 (Chris Masten)
Pick 20 (Tony Notte)
Mitch Morton Richmond Pick 35 (ontraded to Bulldogs)
Pick 30 (Jarrhan Jacky)
Pick 35 (Sam Reid)
Western Bulldogs Pick 22 (Scott Selwood)


National Draft

Pick no. Player From
3. Chris Masten East Fremantle/Rossmoyne JFC
13. Brad Ebert Port Adelaide Magpies/Henley JFC
20. Tony Notte Swna Districts/Upper Swan JFC
22. Scott Selwood Bendigo Pioneers/Sandhurst JFC

Pre-season Draft

Pick no. Player From
7. Patrick McGinnity Claremont/Marist JFC

Rookie Draft

Pick no. Player From
12. Lewis Stevenson Claremont/West Coast JFC
28. Ashley Arrowsmith Calder Cannons/East Keilor JFC
43. Will Sullivan Western Jets/Werribee JFC
55. Callum Wilson South Fremantle/South Coogee JFC
59. Beau Wilkes West Coast (redrafted)
62. Ryan Davis NSW-ACT Rams/North Shore JFC NSW scholarship selection

Other players draftedEdit

4. Cale Morton (Melbourne)

52. Bradd Dalziell (Brisbane)