Our experts Riley Beveridge and Jordan Witte have had their ears to the ground, hearing all the latest rumours and whispers from the busiest time in the footballing calendar. Stay tuned over the next month as they give you the most comprehensive day-by-day rundown of who’s heading where.
Tall forward Quinten Lynch has left West Coast for Collingwood, choosing to implement his right as an unrestricted free agent and join a rival club. The 29-year-old spent 11 seasons at the Eagles, playing 209 games, however has said he is relishing the opportunity to play for ‘the biggest club in the game.’
Forward Kurt Tippett has officially walked out on Adelaide this morning, telling the club he would be leaving this off-season. While Sydney, Collingwood and Carlton have made contact with Tippett’s agent, it is understood the 25-year-old will favour a move home to Queensland. The Crows are reported to have offered Tippett $800k a season to stay, proving that homesickness, rather than money, is the problem. Gold Coast looms as a likely destination for Tippett, with young key position player Sam Day, who is from South Australia, the logical trade bait.
Geelong football manager Neil Balme has confirmed the Cats are interested in Melbourne defender Jared Rivers and North Melbourne ruckman Hamish McIntosh. Rivers would act as a replacement for retiring defender Matthew Scarlett, and as he is an unrestricted free agent he would be eligible to join Geelong if he wishes. McIntosh, meanwhile, is a contracted player at North Melbourne and would have to be traded by the Roos to join Geelong.
20-year-old midfielder Josh Caddy remains the topic of much debate following his exit from the Gold Coast Suns. Geelong, St Kilda, North Melbourne and Melbourne are keen on the talented midfielder, who was taken at pick seven in the 2010 National Draft. North Melbourne remains the favourites to lure Caddy, as they have the most to offer Gold Coast. They could part with pick 14 and small forward Matt Campbell to secure his services.
Collingwood midfielder Sharrod Wellingham is weighing up offers from West Coast and Fremantle. The Eagles are said to be ready to offer their first round draft pick, pick 17, for Wellingham, while Fremantle could offload ruckman Zac Clarke in an effort to persuade the Pies to part with the 24-year-old.
With Collingwood bolstering their forwardline following the signing of Quinten Lynch, maligned big-man Chris Dawes could be shown the door at the Westpac Centre. Dawes is attracting the interest of both the Bulldogs and Melbourne, however is favouring the prospect of staying at Collingwood. Many speculate that Dawes will be forced out by Lynch’s arrival, however that theory can be quashed by memories of the forward fitting into a similar set up with Leigh Brown in their premiership season in 2010.
Hawthorn are believed to be lacking confidence in Ryan Schoenmakers’ ability to act as their number one defender next season, and could look to the trade market to bolster their defensive stocks. Unrestricted free agent Jared Rivers is a potential candidate, however the Hawks are keen on luring Bulldogs defender Brian Lake or West Coast backman Mitch Brown via a trade.
Gold Coast look set to place a bid for Melbourne father-son prospect Jack Viney, who is rated a top 5 talent in this year’s draft. If the Suns recruiting staff place an offer for the hard-nosed youngster, it will force Melbourne to use their first round pick on Viney instead of being able to select him with their 2nd round selection.
AS REPORTED EARLIER
Richmond has lodged a bid for Port Adelaide defender Troy Chaplin. As Chaplin is a restricted free agent, the Power has the next 48 hours to decide whether they will match Richmond’s offer.
Port Adelaide also has 48 hours to decide whether it will match Fremantle’s offer for midfielder Danyle Pearce. Rumours are becoming apparent that the Power will opt not to match either of the two offers.
The Free Agency Period opened on Monday October 1st and closes on Friday October 19th at 5pm.
The Trade Period opens on Monday October 8th and closes on Friday October 26th at 2pm.
Make sure you check back tomorrow for all of day three’s news.