A busy trade period kicked off with three deals on day one, and more are on the way.
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7:45AM – MCDONALD-TIPUNGWUTI CONSIDERING SHOCK RETURN
Retired Bombers forward Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is considering a return to the AFL, with Fremantle leading Essendon in the race for the livewire, according to three-time Coleman medallist Matthew Lloyd.
McDonald-Tipungwuti announced his retirement in May this year after 126 senior games for the Bombers since 2016, booting 153 goals over that span.
It came after the 29-year old cult hero dealt with personal matters over the past year, having not appeared at AFL level since Round 21 on 2021 before struggling to get back to full fitness.
However speaking on AFL Trade Radio, Lloyd revealed McDonald-Tipungwuti attended Essendon’s best and fairest awards on Monday night and is now eyeing a return to the top level to potentially make the move west.
“He is contemplating a return back to football to play AFL next year,” Lloyd said.
“Essendon is very keen for him to re-join Essendon, but leading the race to have Anthony next year are the Fremantle Dockers.
“Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is considering a move to Western Australia to play for Fremantle if he does decide he’s going to put the work in and play AFL football again.
“Both both the Bombers would like him to play and Fremantle leading the race currently.
6AM — DEALS ON THE CARDS FOR TUESDAY
A busy trade period has been expected for some time and with three deals completed on Monday – two trades and one free agent signing – that pace should continue into Tuesday.
A number of free agents, whose new homes are already known, still need to sign on while there are some simpler trades that should happen in the next 24-48 hours.
Bigger moves like Brodie Grundy to Melbourne, Josh Dunkley to Brisbane and Jason Horne-Francis to Port Adelaide are likely to take a bit longer, or at least require other deals to occur first.
As the Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph explained on Fox Footy’s Trading Day on Monday evening, as many as four moves could take place on Tuesday – though as always, exact timelines are impossible to predict, and dependent upon the whims of the clubs involved.
“Blake Acres should get done. That’d be a three-year deal on a million bucks (total) at Carlton, and it’d be a future third-round pick back to Freo,” Ralph said on Fox Footy.
“Liam Jones should become a Western Bulldog again. Three-year deal on about $300,000 a year.
“And Dan McStay should get gone to the Pies as well, for around $600,000 a year. They believe he can play as a ruckman, as a key defender and as a key forward, they like his versatility.”
Finally Adelaide could land its big fish with “the pieces in place” for the Izak Rankine deal.
He’ll go along with a fourth-round pick to the Crows, with Gold Coast receiving pick 5 and a future third-round selection.
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