AFL trade talk: Rival clubs circle star ruckman Brodie Grundy as Collingwood Magpies stare down the barrel of $2.4 million hole
A bombshell trade for gun ruckman Brodie Grundy is gathering momentum with opposition clubs knowledgeable that Collingwood is prepared to pay $300,000 a season of his remaining five-year contract ought to he resolve to depart the Pies.
It means, mixed with what Collingwood already pays the Western Bulldogs for its former midfielder Adam Treloar, the Magpies might pay $2.4 million for 2 ex-players to play elsewhere in the coming years.
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Treloar’s Collingwood deal runs out at the finish of 2025 whereas Grundy is contracted to Collingwood till 2027.
Grundy has met with Higher Western Sydney and Melbourne however he would solely discover his solution to the reigning premiers if younger Demon large man Luke Jackson strikes to his residence state of Western Australia.
Jackson has been linked to Fremantle with Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin saying on Wednesday: “We’ve spoken about Luke a lot.
“We’re going to give him the most amount of time for him to make his decision, and we don’t know what that decision is at the moment, so we’ll continue to build contingencies.”
Goodwin stated Gawn was trying “more and more dangerous as a forward”.
“It’s something that we’ve liked in the last three or four weeks, and it’s something that we’ll continue to pursue. Two rucks is something, with the right mix, that will work for us.”
In different trade information, Essendon coach Ben Rutten says he wouldn’t begrudge Dyson Heppell leaving the membership at the finish of the season as hypothesis swirls round the captain’s AFL future.
An unrestricted free agent, Heppell has reportedly been in talks with Gold Coast a couple of transfer north to complete his enjoying days and enter teaching ranks.
The Bombers are eager for Heppell to remain on and have tabled a one-year contract supply, however Heppell might reportedly get 4 years at the Suns, with two of these as an assistant coach.
On Wednesday, Rutten reiterated Essendon’s want for Heppell to “be here next year as a player for us” and “there’s something special” being a on-club participant.
“Is it the be all and end all? In the environment of AFL footy now plenty of players play for two clubs and that works for different people.”
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