- What the Gladiators get: DB Joe Phinisee and DL Jacob Hardwick
- What the Rush get: DL/LB Brian Brikowski and “Future Considerations”
Joe Phinisee played for the Gladiators in his first three years of his career recording a career-high 5 interceptions last season. He comes to a struggling secondary who are ranked at dead last in INTs with 4. Earlier this season with the Rush he recorded 2 INTs and had a team high 56.5 tackles.
Jacob Hardwick hasn’t played very many games in the AFL but recorded 4.5 tackles this year and The Gladiators placed him on the refused to report list.
The loss of Brikowski comes at a time where the Gladiators needed to fill a glaring need. With Phinisee and now the QB change to Chris Dieker, it should be a much needed spark for this team to move in the right direction.