Fuse lit on the Hawks clearance sale, free agents in limbo
RIVALS TO MEDITATE ON HAWTHORN OPTIONS
CLUBS should use the weekend to think about whether they will play for one of Hawthorn’s contract quartets.
Hawthorn chairman Jeff Kennett this week lit the fuse for further guesswork on the future of Tom Mitchell, Jaeger O’Meara, Chad Wingard and Jack Gunston after advising members that there may be decisions. ” surprising “to come during the end of the Continental Tires AFL trading period.
Clubs are aware Hawthorn will listen to offers from its senior players and are open to discussions for a solid draft capital in return, but at this point clubs are biding their time before making calls to approach with offers.
Port Adelaide has been linked with O’Meara, but the preliminary finalists have had no discussions regarding the 27-year-old.
The Hawks have been exploring ways to aggressively improve their draft hand, with the club holding the No. 5, 21, 24, 59, 65, 81 caps. Kennett said this week the club is focused on its future.
“We may be surprised at some of the decisions made, but rest assured they will be after careful consideration of the future needs of the club by those we charge with making such decisions,” Kennett wrote in his letter Thursday. – Callum twomey
FREE AGENTS IN LIMBO WHEN CLOSING WINDOW WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS
THE OPPORTUNITY for unrestricted free agents to move to a club of their choice closed on Friday with several players remaining unsigned and their futures on the line.
North Melbourne midfielder Trent Dumont is hoping to continue his career and seek a new club after 113 games for the Kangaroos, who were happy the former vice-captain was exploring his options.
Collingwood forward Josh Thomas is out of contract and has not moved a club as an unrestricted free agent, so he will likely wait until the end of the exchange window to see if the Magpies can offer him a spot on the list.
Steven Motlop is set to re-sign with Port Adelaide after ending the unrestricted free agency window without a new deal, while Western Bulldogs forward Mitch Wallis has not confirmed a new deal with his club.
West Coast Premier Division captain Shannon Hurn and champion striker Josh Kennedy still do not have a contract, but the club expect them to sign one-year deals when they return from short breaks.
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Jake Kelly (Essendon), Mabior Chol (Gold Coast), Luke Dunstan (Melbourne) and Tim O’Brien (Western Bulldogs) all changed clubs as unrestricted free agents this year, while Carlton got George Hewett of Sydney as a restricted free agent.
Deleted players can still move as Free Agents now that the unrestricted window is closed. – Nathan Schmook
UNEXPECTED HIGH-END PROJECT MOVEMENT
The early order of the NAB AFL draft is expected to hold as is until potential draws closer to the event in November.
The top 10 clubs have responded to numerous calls about possible trades and the division of the top picks, but after the first week of the trade period, it seems increasingly likely that the top 10 will remain as is.
INDICATIVE DRAFT ORDER Your club’s choices as they are
North Melbourne has rejected big offers for the No.1 pick and will not budge while Grand Western Sydney will maintain their No.2 selection for now with the possibility of closing in on the draft for the right offer.
Gold Coast at No.3 and Adelaide at No.4 have both been interested in increasing the order, while Hawthorn has also tried to improve his draft position but is at this point considered unlikely to move up from No 5.
Fremantle is expected to retain his pair of top 10 picks – No.6 and 8 – after securing the previous selection as the main part of the deal with Adam Cerra while Richmond was keen to bundle the selections to move up from No 7, including in a proposed exchange with Adelaide at No. 4, but has not yet found a taker.
St Kilda (No.9) and West Coast (10) are also expected to retain their selections during the trade period, with clubs then only being able to trade selections in the weeks leading up to the draft and again during the event.
It is then, closer to the draft, that the clubs will make more informed calls to raise or lower the order with certain players in their sights. – Callum twomey
BLUES TO CALL THE TOP 10
CARLTON’s work during the trade period is over, with the club now ready to turn to a decision on whether to offer a new contract to former top 10 pick Lochie O’Brien.
The Blues were among the main players in Week 1 of the Free Trade and Agency Window, trading No. 6 pick in a package for Adam Cerra, signing George Hewett as a free agent and trading Sam Petrevski. -Seton vs. Lewis Young.
He also announced that Michael Gibbons and Sam Ramsay will not be offered new contracts for next season, leaving O’Brien and rookie quartet Matt Cottrell, Luke Parks, Oscar McDonald and Jordan Boyd as the only players with no deal.
O’Brien, a top-10 selection in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, has only appeared six games in the past two seasons, but recently spoke with new Carlton coach Michael Voss as the club continues to question whether it offers the 22-year-old. -old extension.
The Blues will head to a second straight non-selection draft in the first round, having also parted ways with the No.8 pick in a deal for Adam Saad last season, but remain content to start next month’s work with the No.8 picks. 25, 64 and 82.
As it stands, the club have no plans to return to the first round this year and have alerted clubs that their future first and second round caps are no longer on the line as and when the exchange period progresses. – Riley Beveridge
SECOND CHANCE FOR OLD CAT?
GEELONG are among the clubs interested in Blake Schlensog, who the Cats pulled from the roster late last year.
The rookie tall man was cut after two seasons with the Cats as a Next Generation Academy pickup and has enjoyed an exciting season in the WAFL as one of his main key position players.
The 199cm swingman impressed on both ends of the pitch, including a five-goal goal for South Fremantle in Round 17, to stay in the minds of clubs who also watched him closely ahead of the NAB rookie draft. AFL mid-season.
He is seen as a consideration for Geelong and was interviewed by Richmond ahead of mid-season admission, with clubs being able to list him in a number of ways, either as a delisted free agent or during one of the Draft periods – the national, rookie or preseason draft.
The 21-year-old is shaping up to be a mature shot for clubs looking to increase their stocks of key positions. – Callum twomey