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AFL trades day four, as it happened: Higgins requests trade to Saints, Giants knock back offers for Cameron, Caldwell

There were no trades today, but there were some developments, both in ongoing negotiations and players requesting moves.

  • The Cats offered GWS two of their first-round picks in exchange for Jeremy Cameron and a second-round pick. But GWS knocked back the offer.
  • The Giants also turned down an offer from Essendon for Jye Caldwell and are yet to agree to a deal with Adelaide for Jackson Hately.
  • Jack Higgins has requested a trade to St Kilda.
  • The Bulldogs have re-signed defender Ryan Gardner and ruckman Jordon Sweet.

Make sure you keep an eye on realfooty.com.au for all the latest from our reporters and tune back in to our live coverage tomorrow from 9am. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring you news of some deals being done.

And in the meantime you can listen to Michael Gleeson and Daniel Cherny wrap the day’s news and answer your questions in the latest episode of the Real Footy podcast. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to get the episode as soon as it drops.

Catch you tomorrow!

An update to our earlier story: Legendary Australian netball coach Lisa Alexander applied for the vacant North Melbourne coaching job, arguing her record of winning and experience in high performance coaching make her suited to the role.

Alexander spoke to The Age about her application on Monday morning, with North Melbourne emailing her hours after her comments were published to say she would not get an interview.

She thanked the club for engaging with her application and was happy with the process.

Read the full story here.

Michael Gleeson and Daniel Cherny will be on today’s episode of the Real Footy podcast. Send your questions to realfootypod@theage.com.au by 4.50pm AEDT.

No trades today, but a few developments and updates so far.

  • GWS have knocked back offers from Geelong (for Jeremy Cameron) and Essendon (Jye Caldwell) and are yet to accept an offer from Adelaide (Jackson Hately). The Cats had offered two first-round picks in exchange for Cameron and a second-round pick.
  • Jack Higgins has requested a trade to St Kilda.
  • The Bulldogs have re-signed defender Ryan Gardner and ruckman Jordon Sweet.

Check in on the state of play for your club as deadline day looms.

Connors also spoke about Brisbane’s Stefan Martin, who he says has done a medical at the Bulldogs.

Connors was confident that deal would also get done.

“They’ve all agreed, he’s done a medical. I’d like to think there’s some goodwill and they’d do a trade.

“If not, he’ll get there,” Connors said.

He also said he expected Jaidyn Stephenson to be at the Pies next season, but added “anything could happen in four days”.

He said Stephenson, who is contracted, “absolutely wants to stay” and Collingwood weren’t desperate to trade him.

“There’s no language that says he has to leave,” Connors said.

On Alex Witherden, Connors said “both parties would be open to looking at their options there”. Lion Witherden has been linked with a move to West Coast.

He said Sydney “really like” Aliir Aliir but the player and his management would be open to a move, and named Port Adelaide as a potential option. Swans CEO Tom Harley said earlier today Aliir “is a contracted player” and the Swans expected him to stay put.

Jack Higgins’ manager Paul Connors says his player “just wants to play footy”.

Despite the fact that Higgins has a year to run on his contract, Connors said he was confident a deal could be done.

Stressing that it was important to stay respectful to all parties, especially given Higgins is contracted, Connors told Trade Radio he thought the Saints were “a really good fit”.

“I just think Jack’s such a passionate young man, I think it’s in everyone’s best interests that he moves.”

Connors hinted that future picks could be key to getting the deal across the line.

Richmond forward Jack Higgins has requested a trade to St Kilda, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Higgins has a year to run on his contract with the Tigers and would get a new, longer-term deal with the Saints.

Jack Higgins has requested a trade to St Kilda.

Jack Higgins has requested a trade to St Kilda.Credit:Joe Armao

Richmond have indicated a desire to retain Higgins, who overcame a head injury this year to get back to playing, but did not make the Tigers’ finals team, despite the impressive recovery.

He would become St Kilda’s third post-season recruit in 2020, after Brad Crouch joined from Adelaide as a free agent and delisted free agent Shaun McKernan.

GWS have not accepted Geelong’s offer of two first-round picks for Jeremy Cameron, because the Giants to not want to give up a second-round pick.

Geelong’s offer was contingent on a second-round pick coming back to the Cats along with Cameron.

Sources familiar with discussions said the Giants were still interested in acquiring a player in the trade, after the Cats ruled that Brandan Parfitt would not be part of any deal.

There is little to no chance that the Giants will retain Cameron and hold him to his contract.

He has the option of entering either the pre-season or national drafts if a trade can’t be agreed.

Geelong have a strong record of getting deals done. The hold-up has been partially caused by the fact that the Cats have three first-round picks – 13, 15 and 20.

Meanwhile, Essendon have put forward a draft offer for Jye Caldwell, which the Giants have deemed inadequate.

The Giants are yet to accept an offer from Adelaide for Jackson Hately.

Jeremy Cameron’s manager Alex McDonald there is no chance that Jeremy Cameron would stay at GWS if the Cats and the Giants can’t agree to a trade.

Speaking on SEN radio, McDonald said they were “confident” it wouldn’t get to a case of Cameron going to the pre-season draft, and were “hoping” the Giants would accept Geelong’s offer for the key forward.

As reported earlier today by Michael Gleeson and Peter Ryan, club sources confirmed that Geelong had offered two first-round picks for Cameron (Geelong currently hold picks 13, 15 and 20). The Cats would like a later pick in return, as well as Cameron.

McDonald described Geelong’s offer as “respectful”.

“I don’t think any club would want to leave a trade period after a player has elected to move on with nothing to show for it. I’m hoping on that basis all clubs approach it the right way and get something done that’s fair for everyone,” McDonald said.

McDonald also spoke about Collingwood’s Tom Phillips, saying he was not sure where Philips would be playing in 2021.

McDonald said though Phillips had a good relationship with Collingwood and much of the discussion with the Pies had been about Phillips’ role.

“He might have to look around and take up an option somewhere,” McDonald said.

He said Essendon were interested in Melbourne’s Tom McDonald but he thought their priorities at the moment were elsewhere. The Dons are trying to land Josh Dunkley from the Western Bulldogs and arrange deals for Adam Saad, who wants to get to Carlton, and Orazio Fantasia, who wants a move to Port Adelaide.

Legendary Australian netball coach Lisa Alexander has put her hand up for the vacant North Melbourne coaching job, arguing her record of winning and experience at high performance coaching make her suited to the role.

Alexander said she had watched plenty of football throughout her life and had also played the sport, which combined with a formidable netball coaching record convinced her she was ready for the role.

Lisa Alexander coaching the Diamonds in 2019.

Lisa Alexander coaching the Diamonds in 2019.Credit:Getty Images

“I have put an expression of interest in. I don’t have an answer yet, but I am assuming it will be coming,” Alexander said, adding North chief executive Ben Amarfio welcomed her application when they spoke.

The Australian Institute of Sport coach of the year in 2014, 2015 world championship coach, 2014 Commonwealth Games-winning coach, and back-to-back Melbourne Phoenix grand final-winning coach is fed up with the lack of women given opportunities in elite sports management.

“I have put an expression of interest in. I don’t have an answer yet, but I am assuming it will be coming,” Alexander said, adding North chief executive Ben Amarfio welcomed her application when they spoke.

“I don’t expect to get interviewed but I will be disappointed if I am not because I think it’s time people understood you don’t have to be a horse to ride a horse, so to speak.”

Read the full story from Anthony Colangelo here.

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