YOU either love it or you hate it.
I'm talking about trade week, free agency, transfer window – whatever you want to call the opportunity your club has of losing, or gaining, a current or future star.
The Lance Franklin drama has gone on all year and finally we know he is off to Sydney.
Two clubs, Greater Western Sydney and Hawthorn, will be very disappointed with his decision, and every club will be wondering how the Swans fit him under their salary cap.
They do have a great culture and some retiring stars, but after adding Kurt Tippett at the end of 2012, I am baffled.
Player movement makes off-season interesting
Anyway, I am one who has enjoyed free agency.
I felt prior to its introduction players were too restricted in career choices and unable to seize greater opportunities at rival clubs in need of a player with their attributes.
The trade period has also become much more interesting.
For years, we had millions of dollars of club staff sitting together for a week for four, maybe five, trades, and a lot of them were middle of the road type players.
Recently, we have seen Chris Judd, Brendon Goddard, Gary Ablett Jnr, Tippett and now Franklin find new homes, as well as a number of other multi-club deals.
Brian Lake jumped at an opportunity to leave the Western Bulldogs to play in a premiership and is now a Norm Smith medallist.
There will be some footy people who love the romance of one-club players and loyalty.
However, clubs show no loyalty, and therefore players are well within their rights to do what is best for them.
Get used to big cash offers...and to players accepting them.
We need to get used to big cash offers and we need to get used to players accepting them.
We also need to get used two of the biggest weeks in football being after the Grand Final.
Personally, I am proud to be a one-club player.
But on two occasions, in 1998 and 2001, I was close to leaving the Saints.
I was in Mexico on a footy trip at the end of 1998 when Carlton made a huge offer for me at the time through my manager.
I was on holiday with team-mates at the time and they convinced me to stay at St Kilda.
At the end of 2001, a deal was done between the Saints and what I thought was my new home, Essendon.
At the eleventh hour, Grant Thomas called me to explain my importance to the club going forward and I stayed.
Twice, I had opportunities to explore better options for myself and they did not work out, but players should be given this right.
Note: That was the final column from Gold coach Aussie Jones for 2013.
Jones will be back writing his weekly column for the Bendigo Advertiser in March.
Wednesday's new guest columnist will be revealed shortly.