Fremantle and Geelong are at an impasse over a deal for speedster Jordan Clark.
Clark, the No. 15 draft pick in 2018, fell out of favour at the Cats after an impressive first season in 2019 and is keen to return to his native Western Australia and play for the Dockers.
But the clubs are at odds over his worth. Geelong have requested Freo’s first pick – currently No. 8 – while the Dockers are currently only willing to part with their second-round selection – currently No. 27. The Cats have leverage in their dealings with Fremantle given Clark remains contracted for 2022.
Jordan Clark in action during round three. Credit:Getty Images
Elsewhere, Carlton are set to land a third rival player over the trade/free agency period after fringe Western Bulldogs tall Lewis Young requested a trade to the Blues.
The South Australian, 22, played 24 games in five seasons for the Dogs including nine this season but was dropped midway through the finals series after being shuffled around the field by coach Luke Beveridge.
Lewis Young in the thick of it during round 23. Credit:Getty Images
Out-of-contract, Young should find his way to Ikon Park for a late pick or pick swap. The Blues, having already gained George Hewett as a free agent from Sydney, will also acquire Adam Cerra from Fremantle by handing over their first selection (currently pick No. 6) and perhaps with some other shuffling. Sources indicated on Monday that that deal should be relatively straightforward compared to the one involving Clark.
Another deal shaping as complicated is that of Jordan Dawson, the South Australian wingman who wants to get from Sydney to Adelaide.
The Swans have indicated they believe Dawson is worth a top five selection, but the Crows are unwilling to part with their first pick (currently No. 4). The Swans would be keen for Port Adelaide to get back involved in a deal for Dawson, who chose to head to the Crows over their crosstown rivals, but industry sources consider that unlikely.
Sydney also have interest in Port ruckman Peter Ladhams, who could be on the move despite being contracted for 2022.
Ladhams is one of a host of ruckmen who could be on the move. Brisbane are eyeing cheap ruck support for Oscar McInerney, with Geelong’s Darcy Fort a player of interest for the Lions.
Jonathon Ceglar, contracted to Hawthorn for another year, is also exploring his options, with the Western Bulldogs linked to the big man.
Set to lose Young, the Bulldogs are interested in free agent Tim O’Brien, who appears a strong chance to depart Hawthorn. Port Adelaide have also shown interest in the high-flying Hawk.
St Kilda’s Seb Ross.Credit:Getty Images
Earlier on Monday, St Kilda announced that dual best and fairest winner Seb Ross had re-signed for a further two seasons. The midfielder was an unrestricted free agent after 10 years’ service with the club.
“We’re really pleased to have Seb recommit to the club,” St Kilda list manager James Gallagher said on the club’s website.
“A lot of Seb’s work goes unnoticed externally, but inside the four walls we recognise just how important he is to our side on a number of fronts.
“Seb is an honest and genuine guy, who has been a very good player for a number of years. More recently, his versatility and willingness to play multiple roles for the team has become a really important aspect of his football.
“He’s played a prominent role in developing the likes of Ryan Byrnes and Jack Bytel during the past few seasons, and we have full faith he’ll continue to do that for many other young Saints.
“We look forward to seeing what Seb can produce in the coming seasons.”
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