The Dons have made it clear they are not interested in a second-round selection for Fantasia, who remains contracted to Essendon for another year, while they have asked for a straight swap for pick eight for Saad. The Blues are comfortable dealing pick No. 8 but want something back the other way.
Greater Western Sydney have declared they are seeking a first-round draft pick for out-of-contract young midfielder Caldwell. The Bombers’ initial offer was not acceptable to the Giants.
Western Bulldogs onballer Dunkley has requested a trade to the Dons despite having two years left to run on his contract.
Having initially said they would definitely hold Dunkley to his contract, the Bulldogs’ position is gradually softening with respect to the 2016 premiership player.
The Dogs are interested in Adam Treloar as a potential replacement for Dunkley as Treloar prepares for a trade from Collingwood after a messy few weeks in which the Pies made their desire to offload him clear. The respective situations with Treloar and Dunkley are therefore interwoven.
While Essendon have not yet been involved in a trade, Joe Daniher walked to the Brisbane Lions as a free agent after the Bombers opted not to match Brisbane’s offer for the spearhead. Delisted Bomber Shaun McKernan also joined St Kilda on Friday.
Meanwhile, Gold Coast have sounded out North Melbourne about the prospect of trading for the Kangaroos’ pick two, sources familiar with the situation have confirmed. The Suns have made no secret of their keenness to trade up from their current pick No. 5 to any of the four picks ahead of them – currently possessed by Adelaide, North, Sydney and Hawthorn.
Gold Coast have indicated they are prepared to package pick No. 5 along with at least one later selection (they hold pick No. 27 and No. 37 as well) to move up in the draft. Having cut deeply at the end of the season – they delisted 11 players and are set to lose Ben Brown and Shaun Higgins as well – North have not ruled out trading pick No. 2 for a suite of picks which would help them fill their list.
However sources familiar with the situation suggested that any trade involving the Suns’ pick No. 5 was unlikely to occur by Thursday night’s first trade deadline and more likely to transpire during the subsequent trade period in which picks – but not players – can be swapped.
Rival clubs have suggested the Suns could take as few as one live selection on draft night as they can pounce on academy players Joel Jeffrey and Alex Davies for free. While list sizes remain up in the air, Gold Coast have been assured that they will retain a bigger list than the other clubs, with cuts to occur on a pro-rata basis pursuant to the list concessions received by the expansion club last year.
Suns tall forward Wright, though contracted for next year, appears likely to join the Bombers, with the Suns keen for 2021 picks given their list situation.
The Saints have publicly confirmed that out-of-contract speedster Hind could move to the Dons, where he was previously a VFL star.
Well-placed sources indicated there had been little movement on Sunday between Geelong and the Giants over a trade for star forward Jeremy Cameron.
GWS stood firm, matching the Cats’ bid for the restricted free agent and issuing a list of key targets – both players and picks – for a potential trade. However a player keen to move to GWS as part of a trade for Cameron is yet to emerge.
Daniel is an Age sports reporter