A Jacob Hopper-Richmond trade could be sweetened by the Giants acquiring a Tigers ruck.
Plus the Saints and Suns are in a stalemate as a free agent prepares to join St Kilda, while a fringe Dockers’ future remains uncertain.
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TIGERS’ OFFER FOR HOPPER ‘A LITTLE BIT SHORT’
The Giants will sound out Tiger ruck Ivan Soldo’s interest in joining the club after they labelled Richmond’s initial trade offer for Jacob Hopper is a “little bit short”.
After securing Tim Taranto for Picks 12 and 19 on the first day of the trade period, the Tigers are now working on a separate deal that would see fellow Giants midfielder Hopper also join the club. Unlike Taranto, though, Hopper is contracted for next season.
Richmond has offered the Giants Pick 31 and its future first-round pick for Hopper. According to Giants football boss Jason McCartney, that won’t be enough to strike a deal.
“That’s all they’ve got left obviously,” McCartney told AFL Trade Radio on Tuesday
“Everyone would understand that once that future first goes out, unless something else is coming in, the futures can’t be touched.
“So that’s what remains. That would feel to be a little bit short for a player of that quality (Hopper) and Richmond understand that.”
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But McCartney suggested the Giants would “need to give consideration to players as well” as part of a potential trade.
Canberra-raised Soldo has been linked to the Giants in recent weeks, considering he fell out of favour at the Tigers late this year and none of the Giants’ three big men – Braydon Preuss, Matt Flynn and Kieren Briggs – have established themselves as the club’s No. 1 ruck.
McCartney said the Giants “will do some follow up” on Soldo.
“If you’re going to facilitate a deal on a contracted player you don’t want to be scrambling in the last couple of days. There is a lot of work going in there,” he said.
“He will be one we will have a conversation about and do some work on. You have to make sure your medicals check out before you push the button on any player transaction.”
Should the Giants secure Pick 31 from the Tigers, Melbourne might ask for that pick in return for losing small forward Toby Bedford, who’s asked for a trade to the western Sydney club despite a three-year offer from the Demons. However the Giants at this stage will reportedly offer Pick 43 for Bedford.
SAINTS, SUNS ‘STALEMATE’
St Kilda and Gold Coast are in a “stalemate” over a trade involving Ben Long, according to The Age.
It comes with the Saints set to sign free agent Zaine Cordy before the end of the exchange period.
Long last month informed the Saints he wanted to move to the Suns, despite being offered a new deal by St Kilda earlier in the year.
The Age on Tuesday night reported the Saints wanted Pick 25 from the Suns for Long, but Gold Coast doesn’t want to part with anything more than Pick 36.
Suns list boss Craig Cameron on Monday suggested the trade wouldn’t get done in a hurry.
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“We’re still negotiating with St Kilda. We met with them today and that hasn’t moved very far yet, so we’ve got a little while to get through that,” Cameron told AFL Trade Radio.
Long was snapped up by St Kilda with their first pick in the 2016 draft. He has managed 79 games for the Saints since making his debut in 2017.
Meanwhile, St Kilda will sign premiership Bulldog Cordy to a three-year deal this week, according to AFL Media.
A father-son selection, Cordy played 118 games for the Dogs, but just 14 this year.
DOCKER’S MOVE REMAINS UNCERTAIN
Fremantle ruck Lloyd Meek’s desire to get to Hawthorn is being held up by the trade stand-off between the Dockers, Western Bulldogs and Rory Lobb, reports the Herald Sun.
With Luke Jackson set to land at Fremantle, several rival clubs in recent months have shown interest in Meek, who’s contracted to Fremantle until at least the end of the 2023 season.
Multiple outlets have indicated Meek is keen to join Hawthorn, which wants to bolster its ruck department following he retirement of skipper Ben McEvoy.
But the Herald Sun reported Meek’s future was “tied up in the Dockers’ stonewalling” over Lobb’s desire to get to the Bulldogs.
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The Dockers last month confirmed Lobb had asked to be traded to the Bulldogs but then told Lobb a deal would be hard to do – a stance Freo list boss David Walls doubled down on this week.
“They’ve (the Dogs) come to us. We’ve had some conversation but we’ve got no intention of trading Rory,” Walls told reporters on Monday.
“The club statement we put out, we stand by that, nothing’s changed … 206cm key forwards who kick two goals a game and can go through the ruck are very hard to find.
“We expect Rory to be with us next year, he’s a professional, he’ll be able to come back and we’ll support him.”
As for Meek, he’s managed just 15 AFL games since being drafted in late 2017.