A rival club could hold the key to unlocking Richmond and GWS’ blockbuster exchange.
Plus the Suns have spoken out about what they’re looking to get back for their rare Jack Bowes/Pick 7 package.
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GRAHAM TRADE COULD UNLOCK TIGERS’ GIANTS RAID
A Jack Graham trade to Port Adelaide could hold the key to Richmond landing Giants pair Tim Taranto and Jacob Hopper.
AFL Media reports that should the Tigers receive a future-second round pick from the Power if the South Australian Graham does indeed seek to return to his home state, it’d give Richmond enough draft capital to pull of the its double coup of the GWS midfielders.
The Tigers currently hold picks 12, 19 and 30 in this year’s draft and still have their first-round pick for next year as they explore moves for Taranto and Hopper, who’ve agreed to join Punt Road on respective seven-year deals.
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The Giants meanwhile currently own the No. 3 and 21 selections prior to off-loading the star on-ball duo, while Tanner Bruhn and Bobby Hill are also set to depart the club.
“It’s an interesting one to have that quality both end up choosing the one club. Tim is a bit different to Jacob, because Jacob is in contract,” Giants football boss Jason McCartney said on AFL Trade Radio this week.
“Richmond bowed out that first week of finals and they’ve identified a need in their midfield, obviously there’s two quality players there. (We’re) In chats with (Tigers head of footy) Blair Hartley and the Richmond guys, they understand the quality of these players and that it’s going to take a bit of work with one still in contract. We’ll keep working through that though.
“To see two go the one club certainly is rare.”
WHAT SUNS WANT BACK IN BOWES TRADE AS LIST OF SUITORS GROWS
The Gold Coast Suns are seeking a “fair” draft pick in return for Jack Bowes as the club packages him up with Pick 7 in a rare combo to shed salary cap.
SEN’s Sam Edmund reported earlier this week Bowes is owed $850,000 next year alone on a heavily back-ended deal, with several clubs including Geelong, Essendon, Hawthorn and Brisbane circling the 24-year old.
According to AFL Media, that list of suitors has grown as North Melbourne enters the race for his services. It comes as the league is set to allow more ‘salary dump’ deals this year to permit clubs with sufficient funds like the Kangaroos to absorb lucrative contracts.
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Speaking on AFL Trade Radio, Giants list manager Craig Cameron opened up his club’s plans in a Bowes trade.
“We’ll get a fair (pick back),” he said on AFL Trade Radio’s Trade Exchange.
“We’re not the only club in this position looking for cap space this year, the AFL has really opened this up as an option and has almost created a third currency. We’ve been doing it around the fringes, but now this is a position the AFL is really comfortable with.
“We’ll be guided a fair bit by what is required to get the deal done. One of the reasons we’re doing this deal so we’re in a position moving forward to (attract) free agents.
“What we get back from a draft position point of view, we’ll negotiate that as well go. But it has got to be something that helps us into the future.”
The Suns are set to be one of the busiest teams this trade period, with Izak Rankine, Brayden Fiorini, Jeremy Sharp, Chris Burgess and Josh Corbett also linked to moves.