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.
2006 Rising Star winner Danyle Pearce is officially a Docker after Port Adelaide confirmed they would not be matching Fremantle’s offer. The 154-game player was deemed to be a required player at Port Adelaide, however the club has admitted they simply couldn’t match the ‘very generous’ offer Fremantle had put to him.
Collingwood forward Chris Dawes is likely to leave this October following the arrival of Quinten Lynch. Dawes’ agent confirmed that his client was seeking a move elsewhere. He also stated that Collingwood wasn’t bothered with Dawes speaking to other clubs. Melbourne has already confirmed their interest in acquiring the maligned forward, while the Bulldogs are also keen.
The race for Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett is down to two – Gold Coast and Sydney. It is believed Collingwood and Carlton was also interested, however the Pies brought in Quinten Lynch instead, while the Blues’ interest was always rated lukewarm at best. Gold Coast remains odds-on favourite to land the power forward, however Sydney’s contract offer of $1 million a year could prove tempting. If Tippett rejects Sydney’s offer in an effort to move home and Gold Coast and Adelaide can’t work out a suitable trade, there is a chance Tippett could nominate for the pre-season draft and end up at the Suns for nothing.
North Melbourne ruckman Hamish McIntosh has officially requested a trade and has nominated Geelong as his preferred club. Although four sides remain interested in McIntosh, the Cats are firmly in the box seat to nab the former All-Australian. North Melbourne are hopeful of securing Geelong’s first round draft pick, pick 15, for McIntosh.
If North Melbourne secure pick 15 as part of the Hamish McIntosh trade, they could be tempted to on-sell that selection to the Gold Coast for midfielder Josh Caddy. The race for Caddy is down to three – North Melbourne, Geelong and St Kilda. The Saints will gain pick 13 as compensation from Brendon Goddard’s move to Essendon, which they could offer the Gold Coast. As the Roos have pick 14, one less than the Saints, they could potentially offer both pick 14 and pick 15 to persuade the Suns. Geelong’s compensation pick from the Gary Ablett deal at the end of 2010 could also still come into play, however that selection is yet to be determined. As the Gold Coast has to cull seven players regardless, the amount of players or picks they receive could prove useless, and could put St Kilda in the box seat to secure Caddy as they have the highest pick to offer.
West Coast and Fremantle’s interest in Pies midfielder Sharrod Wellingham has died down, which means he could end up staying at Collingwood. It was understood that West Coast was prepared to give up their first round draft pick, pick 17, for Wellingham, however that rumour has since been quashed. Fremantle has also distanced itself from their link to Wellingham. Melbourne remains the other club interested, and could be prepared to offer pick 13 for a deal involving Wellingham and Chris Dawes, however it is believed the midfielder is not interested in a move to the Demons.
North Melbourne big man Cam Pedersen is a target for Melbourne after it was revealed the Dees were searching for more talls. Collingwood had flagged an interest for Pedersen, however since acquiring Quinten Lynch that interest seems to have faded. Melbourne are set to offer either their second round selection, pick 26, or their third round selection, pick 45, for Pedersen.
Essendon could lose both Henry Slattery and Kyle Reimers after it was revealed they needed to cut players in order to facilitate Brendon Goddard’s move from St Kilda. Despite this, the Dons are confident they can retain Angus Monfries and Scott Gumbleton, who are both receiving interest as free agents.
Carlton midfielder Tom Bell has been offered a three-year senior deal at the Bulldogs after he was only offered a rookie contract at the Blues.
Carlton could also lose key position player Pat McCarthy after Port Adelaide contacted his management asking if he was interested in a move home. The Power are also looking at the Gold Coast’s Hayden Jolly but are waiting to receive compensation picks from the AFL before they act.
Although Port Adelaide has agreed to let Danyle Pearce leave for Fremantle, they are yet to make a decision regarding Troy Chaplin. The defender has been offered a contract by the Tigers and is in favour of a move to Victoria, however the Power is desperate to keep hold of their player. They have until tomorrow to make a decision on his future.
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 four’s news.