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Jason Horne-Francis to Port Adelaide, draft picks needed, Brodie Grundy to Melbourne, likely prices

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Jason Horne-Francis and Brodie Grundy are two of the bigger names involved in trades this off-season, and their deals won’t be simple.

But here’s the latest on how they’re expected to find new homes.

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Port Adelaide throwing in a third draft selection should end up convincing North Melbourne to give up No.1 pick Jason Horne-Francis, reports the Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph.

Horne-Francis has requested a trade home to South Australia with the Power reportedly the only club he is considering – and realistically the only club in the state which can afford him in terms of draft picks, with Adelaide tied up getting Izak Rankine.

The Kangaroos have said two first-round picks – Port Adelaide’s current top pick No.8, which will drop back to No.9 on draft night, and their 2023 first-rounder – will not be enough for them to trade away Horne-Francis.

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Speaking on Fox Footy’s Trading Day, Ralph suggested the Power would be willing to give up an extra pick – such as a future third-round selection – to get the deal done.

“I think right now North Melbourne will say he’s been a tough player, he’s been a young, wild, impulsive player, and we’ll get the most we can get for him right now. I don’t think there’s any way he stays at North Melbourne next year,” Ralph said on Fox Footy.

“The Roos’ list boss Brady Rawlings said today eight and that future first-rounder isn’t enough, we knocked back more than that in those mega-trades from Adelaide and Richmond next year.

“The Power’s not interested in putting players in, the likes of Miles Bergman or Josh Sinn. I asked Chris Davies about them today he said they’re certainly not interested in leaving, we’re gonna keep them here.

“I think in the end what will make the deal right, and allow North Melbourne to ‘win’, is 8, the future first-rounder and then maybe something like a future third-rounder.

“They (Port Adelaide) just want to get this bloke done, theyknow he’s a generational player, they know he’ll be so much better than he has (shown) previously. If they have to throw in an extra third-rounder to get him at their club now, they’re prepared to do it.”

The pick 8/future first-round pick offer already equates to the rough value of pick 1 on the AFL Draft Value Index, though that depends on how Port Adelaide goes next season.

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Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy is expected to get to Melbourne, but Luke Jackson needs to join Fremantle first, according to Jon Ralph.

As it stands the Demons don’t have the picks to satisfy the Magpies for Grundy, with the Jackson deal expected to unlock that possibility.

Fremantle owns pick 13, which it’s likely to use along with its future first-round pick, to nab West Australian ruck-forward Jackson from the Demons.

But they’re also likely to receive a future second-round pick when Griffin Logue heads to North Melbourne – a pick which may become part of the Jackson deal, if it would satisfy Collingwood.

“The Luke Jackson deal still needs to happen, because then one of those picks would potentially be passed on,” Ralph explained on Fox Footy’s Trading Day.

“Right now with the Jackson deal, Fremantle have their own pick at about 12 or 13, then a future first-rounder, I think they’ll get another second-rounder in with Griffin Logue, and they might even get a pick 30 (from the Western Bulldogs) in for Rory Lobb.

“So they’ve got heaps of picks and then one of those, maybe a late first-rounder or early second-rounder, goes to Collingwood for Grundy (via Melbourne).

“We’ve been reporting it extensively, it will happen, Graham Wright for the first time today said absolutely, we’re more than happy to trade him, and having had discussions with him in the last week he’s happy to go as well.

“So they’ve still got three more years of that Adam Treloar deal where they’ll pay $300,000 (a year) to the Western Bulldogs, and then five years of a seven-year deal at $300,000 (a year to Melbourne).

“So you’re paying $600,000, about four per cent of your salary cap, to other clubs for players not to play for you, at least for the next three years.”


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