The Bulldogs are reportedly willing to use the pre-season draft if Brisbane won’t give in, as the final day of free agency arrives.
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10:45AM – GREATS SAY FREO OFFER FOR JACKSON ‘NOT FAIR’
AFL greats Kane Cornes and Matthew Lloyd believe Fremantle need to increase its current offer of two first-round picks for Demons young gun ruckman Luke Jackson.
A report in the Herald Sun states Melbourne is being “urged” to consider Fremantle’s best offer of Pick 13 and a future first rounder for Luke Jackson so the Demons can get on with their pursuit of Collingwood big man Brodie Grundy.
But Melbourne is reportedly digging its heels in and demanding two top 10 picks or a top seven pick and future first rounder.
Dees want top 10 picks for Jackson | 02:55
And speaking on AFL Trade Radio, Cornes says he also thinks the Dockers’ current proposal isn’t sufficient for the former Pick 3.
“If I was Melbourne I wouldn’t be accepting Fremantle’s best offer of Pick 13 and a future first-round pick for Luke Jackson, considering he’s the most valuable prospect on the table table,” the Port Adelaide legend said.
“That is not fair I don’t think – Pick 13 and a future first – (the latter) which would be around the same (as Pick 13). So two late first-round draft picks for Luke Jackson, I don’t think is fair value.
“If I was Melbourne I would continue to hold out and look for a little bit more.”
Lloyd added: “I”m with you, I don’t think it’s enough. I think there has to be something inside the top 10 this year for them to trade Luke Jackson.”
10:30AM – RICHMOND KNOCKS BACK GIANTS’ BID FOR RALPHSMITH
Richmond has reportedly rejected the GWS Giants’ advances for young gun Hugo Ralphsmith as part of the Jacob Hopper deal.
Channel 7’s Mitch Cleary reports Ralphsmith’s name was floated in trade talks in addition to Richmond’s Pick 31 and a future first rounder, with new Giants coach and ex-Tigers assistant Adam Kingsley believed to be a big fan of the 20-year old.
However the report states Richmond had no interest in dealing Ralpsmith.
Dockers secure former Suns forward | 00:39
“It was knocked back pretty quickly, he did find his way out of the Tigers’ team at the late part of the season but that won’t be happening,” Cleary said.
“But Adam Kingsley was keen to get the ball rolling on that.”
It’s now likely that Tigers ruckman Ivan Soldo will instead be included in the package sent to the Giants, with the big man having completed a medical with the western Sydney-based club.
6AM — BULLDOGS WILLING TO USE DRAFT OPTION ON DUNKLEY
The Western Bulldogs are reportedly willing to use the pre-season draft if Brisbane doesn’t raise its offer for Josh Dunkley.
The club was said to be “irate” at the state of trade talks yesterday, especially after the Lions traded away their first pick (No.15) to GWS for a second-round pick this year and next.
The Bulldogs want two first-round selections, and Brisbane is only willing to send their current top pick (No.21) and their 2023 first-rounder if they get 30 and 39 back.
That is because the Lions need draft points to match bids on No.1 prospect Will Ashcroft plus likely late-first rounder Jaspa Fletcher. They could keep Pick 21, which they received from the Giants, and trade it away on draft night if a bid comes for Ashcroft at No.1 for more points.
But with neither side looking interested in involving a player in the deal, multiple outlets have reported the Bulldogs would be willing to use the pre-season draft – potentially keeping Dunkley in the process.
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The pre-season draft is risky, as any club can pick up the player, going in reverse order of last season’s ladder (just like the original national draft order).
However players can nominate their contract terms, as seen when Carlton nabbed Jack Martin, the ex-Sun heavily front-loading his contract with around $1 million in his first season, meaning few rivals had the capability to fit him under the cap if they picked up.
Essendon could be the big beneficiary if Dunkley heads to the pre-season draft, as they were in talks to land him two years ago and have significant cap space.
The Bombers would pick before Port Adelaide, who Dunkley also considered this year, with the Bulldogs (who could redraft him) and Brisbane coming after that.
Brisbane footy boss Danny Daly sounded optimistic a deal could still be worked out to get Dunkley to the Gabba across the next six days.
“We feel like we‘re on track to get the deal done at some stage, but out of respect for the Dogs I can’t go into what that looks like at the minute. We’re working towards that at the minute and hopefully it will all be ticked off in the next few days or so,” Daly told Trade Radio on Thursday.
The Lions are also looking to work out a trade for Jack Gunston, who is a free agent, because trading for him would ensure their compensation pick for losing Dan McStay is not weakened.
They would likely send a pick in the 40s or 50s to Hawthorn for the veteran goalkicker.
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