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Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd has endorsed the club’s pursuit of Sam Weideman and Will Setterfield, but admitted adding depth players isn’t “an enticing place to be at the moment.”
The Age reports the Bombers are set to land Weideman for a future third-round pick as the 25-year old seeks more senior opportunities away from the Demons, playing 59 games across seven seasons including 10 appearances this year.
Speaking on AFL Trade Radio, Lloyd thinks despite the 25-year old’s inconsistencies to date, Weideman is worth taking a punt on.
“If you’re getting him for not much, there’s nothing to lose,” he said.
“I said he has to get out Weideman, he has to move. He has to walk into his manager’s office and the club and say: ‘I need out of here. If you’re playing Mitch Brown ahead of me, I need to move on because you don’t have the faith in me.’
“You’d think it’d be for a third-rounder – you wouldn’t give anything more than that – and it’s worth the risk on him.
“But he’s got to get more competitive and nastier. If he doesn’t take the mark he’s poor at ground level.
“He rucked in the grand final at VFL level, he fought pretty hard in wet conditions. But then when he comes up to the AFL level, he lacks confidence, and that may be because he’s always in and out.
“He’s got talent but he hasn’t had the fight at AFL level to prosper consistently.
“The interesting thing is they’ve got Harrison Jones, who will play a fair bit, and is Weideman similar in a sense that they’re that number three type forward?”
Weideman has struggled to make an impact at senior level across his first seven years in the league, booting 62 goals from his 59 appearances at an average of 1.1 majors per game.
His best goalkicking return was 19 goals from 13 shortened matches in 2020.
But The Age reports the Bombers were hoping to have similar success to with Peter Wright, who kicked 29 and 53 goals respectively in his first two seasons at the club and took out its best and fairest award this year.
Asked if there was a key forward or any player who’ve had breakout seasons in their eighth campaign, Lloyd said: “There’s one – ‘Two metre Peter’ (Wright).
“He just came on this year in a way I never thought he was. This time last year or the year before I would’ve said he lacks fight, and maybe it’s just him now playing every week. Cale Hooker moved on and he thought: ‘I’m the man now.’”
Essendon is also expected to acquire Setterfield from Carlton for nothing more than a third-round pick, and Lloyd thinks he too could be useful.
“Setterfield is worth it given Essendon won’t give up much, but that they’re getting depth players sums up where they’re at. It’s not an enticing place to be at the moment,” he said.
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Essendon is set to land Melbourne key forward Sam Weideman, reports The Age’s Michael Gleeson.
It’s expected the Bombers will boost their scoring power with the fringe tall, sending a future third-round pick in exchange for the former top-10 pick.
Weideman has long struggled to break into the Demons forward line despite his draft pedigree and brief impressive cameos, most notably his three goals and 24 disposals in the drought-breaking 2018 elimination final win over Geelong.
Essendon is hoping they’ll find similar success with Weideman as they did with Peter Wright, who cost them just a future fourth round pick two years ago in a deal with Gold Coast, then won stunningly won this year’s club best and fairest award.
They are also targeting Will Setterfield from Carlton, who won’t cost more than a third-round pick and potentially even less, while Aaron Francis will head to Sydney in exchange for a third or fourth-round pick.
The Demons will also receive a draft pick from GWS in exchange for Toby Bedford, though they’ve knocked back an offer of pick 44.
The Giants’ next-best pick this year is 19 which they would almost certainly not cough up.
Melbourne is likely to send Luke Jackson to Fremantle in exchange for pick 13, their future first-round pick and a swap of late selections – potentially the Bombers’ future third in exchange for the Dockers’ future second – later on Monday.
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6AM — WHAT DEALS GET DONE FIRST?
With free agency officially closed, the remaining three days are all about trades. So which moves are expected to be among the first made?
Gold Coast’s swap with Adelaide for Izak Rankine was all but locked in last Friday, so shouldn’t take long to go through.
Reports stated Rankine will move to the Crows along with a late pick in this year’s draft in exchange for Pick 5, a future third rounder and future fourth rounder.
The Suns have a busy few days ahead as they also negotiate with Geelong over what future selection they receive – likely a second rounder – in return for their Jack Bowes/Pick 7 package in another deal likely to be nearing.
Elsewhere, the crux of the deal that’ll send Jacob Hopper to GWS is also in place, with Pick 31, a future first rounder and Ivan Soldo likely to move to the Giants.
Luke Jackson could get to Fremantle rather quickly, likely for pick 13, a future first and a swap of later picks – though other deals need to happen first.
And North Melbourne and Port Adelaide have agreed to resume talks on Monday over a Jason-Horne Francis trade and discuss whether additional parties need to get involved after the original four-club plan, and even a six-club option, were knocked back by the AFL.
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