AFL trade period gets key deal as Carlton secures Adam Saad from Essendon, Shaun Higgins joins Geelong

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The AFL trade period may be about to pick up speed, as Carlton uses pick eight and a swap of later picks with Essendon for Adam Saad, while Shaun Higgins moves from North Melbourne to Geelong.
The AFL trade period has picked up momentum, with speedy defender Adam Saad finally achieving a move from Essendon to Carlton, and Shaun Higgins leaving North Melbourne for Geelong.

Key points: Saad's move from Essendon to Carlton could unlock some key deals in the final stages of the AFL trade period

Saad's move from Essendon to Carlton could unlock some key deals in the final stages of the AFL trade period North Melbourne traded Shaun Higgins to Geelong for pick 30 in the national draft

North Melbourne traded Shaun Higgins to Geelong for pick 30 in the national draft The AFL trade period ends at 7:30pm AEDT on Thursday

The Saad deal involves Essendon trading the 26-year-old and picks 48 and 78 to the Blues, in exchange for picks eight and 87.

The Cats gave the Kangaroos pick 30 in the draft as part of the Higgins trade.

Following the completion of Saad's move to the Blues, the Bombers now have picks six, seven and…
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