A Saints veteran is reportedly open to joining a fourth club.
Plus Pies coach Craig McRae has spoken out on Brodie Grundy’s meeting with the Demons.
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HILL OPEN TO JOINING FOURTH CLUB
St Kilda’s Brad Hill is reportedly open to joining a fourth AFL club, according to AFL Media.
It’s believed the ex-Hawk and Docker is considering leaving the Saints three years into a lucrative six-year deal signed in 2019 reportedly worth around $900,000 per season.
The report also states the 29-year old could have interest in joining North Melbourne if Alastair Clarkson lands at Arden Street, having played under the legendary coach at Hawthorn.
Hill has been highly criticised during his time at the Saints since joining the club in 2020 and played in a variety of different roles. He’s averaged 21.1 disposals from 20 games this season.
It comes after St Kilda great Leigh Montagna called for his former team to explore trading out senior players such as Hill in a “reset.”
Hill has played 210 AFL games including 61 appearances for the Saints since making his debut in 2012.
GRUNDY’S DEES MEETING A ‘REALITY’, SAYS MCRAE
Collingwood coach Craig McRae says star ruckman Brodie Grundy’s meeting with Melbourne is simply “the reality” of the modern landscape.
It was revealed earlier this month Grundy met with the Demons amid his uncertain future, while Giants football boss Jason McCartney was also seen meeting with the big man’s manager.
Grundy’s link to rival clubs — which also includes Geelong and Port Adelaide — comes despite the 28-year old being contracted at the Pies until 2027 on a lucrative deal worth around $7 million signed in 2019.
But speaking on SEN, McRae said such approaches from other sides were reflective of the increase in player movement.
“I’m probably more of the view that it’s the reality,” McRae said.
“It’s happening all over the country. We can’t control free agency. Brodie’s a bit different, he’s a contracted player, but managements talk to people, our list manager Graham Wright is talking to his manager and the details are exactly what they look like.
“So that might present an opportunity for a door to be open so I’m more of the approach that we just accept it for what it is, but also have that maturity to be able to be like ‘you step back into our walls, you’re a Collingwood player, let’s get to work, let’s get busy here, make us better’.”
It comes as Collingwood is reportedly one of several Victorian clubs circling out-of-contract Crows big man Billy Frampton, according to AFL Media.
“It does add some further intrigue behind the plan of Brodie Grundy, doesn’t it,” AFL Media’s Callum Twomey said of the Pies’ link to Frampton on SEN.
“They are going to be very active, the Pies. They’ve got Dan McStay coming in, Bobby Hill likely coming in, interest in Tim Taranto and now Billy Frampton as well.”
However Twomey added that he thinks Richmond has “edged ahead” of Collingwood in the race for Taranto.