A rival’s pursuit of Jackson takes a turn for the worse, while a Crow is open to a change of scenery.
Plus, the good news will continue at Gold Coast, with a young star in form taking a big Bomber offer.
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FAILURE IN EAGLES’S PURSE OF JACKSON
West Coast will need AFL waiver in potential trade for young Demons star Luke Jackson, reports AFL Media.
It’s because the Eagles have only used one first-round pick in the past four years, with clubs being forced to use two first-rounds over a rolling four-year period.
West Coast could only swap its first pick in this year’s draft – likely a top three selection – if it gets another first round, or the club could split its early pick for multiple first rounds.
Although the Eagles who use their first pick in a deal for Jackson are expected to be approved by the AFL as he was hired just three years ago with Pick 3 and is only 21.
Eagles star Nic Naitanui said last week that he would like to work with Jackson, who keeps in touch via text message after forming a relationship during his years of service in Western Australia.
Melbourne has been reported to be concerned about Jackson’s lure to return home and join Fremantle, who is believed to be the favorite for him if he wants to return to WA.
It’s believed that Jackson could earn between $800,000 and $900,000 on his next contract, a deal the Dees probably can’t match, but they could still make a competitive offer.
STOOL OPEN TO MOVE
Adelaide midfielder Matt Crouch is reportedly open to moving clubs at the end of the season if the right option becomes available.
AFL Media reports that the 27-year-old is willing to test the market after falling out of favor at West Lakes.
Crouch has not played at AFL level since being dropped after Adelaide’s round 14 loss to the Suns, but has produced strong form in the SANFL, averaging 41.5 disposals and 1.5 goals from two matches.
It comes after the 2017 All-Australian was free agent last year before signing a two-year extension with the Crows until the end of 2023.
He averaged 27.3 disposals from 10 games this year on his return from a groin injury that wiped out his 2021 season.
Former Crow Bryce Gibbs last week urged Crouch to swap out of the club after being dropped off for a second.
SUNSET TO EXIT THE ‘HUGE AND MAMMOTH’ RIVAL OFFER
Gold Coast is poised to secure the final piece in its contract/listing puzzle for 2022, with young star striker Izak Rankine almost certainly set to re-sign with the club.
Rankine, who was captured by the Suns with Pick 3 in the 2018 draft, is one of the most in-form small forwards in the AFL, with 10.3 from his last three games and an average of 15.9 disposals from his last seven matches.
While much early speculation surrounding the off-contract Sun has surrounded a possible move to South Australia, Essendon has been strongly linked to Rankine in recent weeks.
Reporter Sam McClure on Wednesday night told 3AW Sports day the Bombers had offered Rankine a “huge and mammoth five-year deal” for about $800,000 a season, according to industry figures — an offer he declined. Although, according to McClure, the Bombers claimed that figure was wrong and that they were simply talking to Rankine’s management rather than offering him a deal.
Speaking on Fox Sports News’ AFL Tonight on Wednesdays, foxfooty.com.au writer David Zita reported that Rankine would “stay in the Suns, which will be a huge boost for them”.
Suns coach Stuart Dew said Monday evening he was “convinced” Rankine would re-sign with the club following “positive talks” between the two sides.
“We’re in good talks with Isaac, so we think we can get that done soon,” Dew told Fox Footy’s. AFL 360†
“There will always be clubs that are chasing players and it’s clear that with the football he plays, there are teams knocking on the door.
“But I think Izak is really comfortable with us and we feel like we’re a very good fit for him.
“I’d like to think this is a relationship that lasts,”
VIC CLUB NOT GREAT ON LOGUE, KEY HILL MEETING LOOMS
Griffin Logue’s manager insists he has not received a call from the Western Bulldogs about his client, despite loose recent ties between the club and the Docker.
And Colin Young has indicated that he will be flying to Sydney in the coming weeks to meet Giants forward Bobby Hill amid speculation he will again request a trade with the Giants.
The versatile Logue, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has been linked with a move east after Victorian clubs reportedly made inquiries about the top-10 pick.
In a recent Herald Sun list analysisLogue was one of three rival club players that the Dogs identified, or should watch, as he would provide a strong defense depth.
But in an interview on SEN WAYoung insisted that Logue had received no official interest from the Dogs.
“You’ve read some articles in Melbourne and Griffin Logue went to the Western Bulldogs — like Griffin Logue and the Western Bulldogs never talked about that. The Bulldogs never called me about Griffin Logue,” Young told me. SEN WA†
“But because there’s an obvious choice — and the media is sometimes very good at what they do, because they’ll analyze a list and they’ll say, ‘Well, the Bulldogs are looking for a backman, or something- and-so’s looking for a forward ruck.’
“The best thing about Griffin Logue is that he can play Charlie Cameron… he can now play forward and he can play back – he beat (Jeremy) Cameron in Geelong – so he can play in multiple positions.
“During a game, you can swap him anywhere and put him on a small one, so there’s a lot to like about Griffin Logue.”
Logue has been linked with Collingwood, who is also expected to be in the mix for Hill.
Hill will remain sidelined as he recovers from successful surgery after contracting testicular cancer earlier this year. He had hoped to return to the field during the latter stages of this season, but Young said on Wednesday that he did not think Hill would play again this season, despite feeling “up and about”.
Multiple reports have suggested that Hill is likely to request a move to Victoria, nearly 12 months after asking for a swap with the Giants for family reasons – despite being under contract with the club. The Giants held their ground last year. Hill was obliged, reportedly turning down an offer from the Bombers, which included a second round draft pick.
“I spoke to Bobby about two weeks ago to ask how he was doing,” Young said.
“No doubt we will catch up with Bobby and see where he fits in, probably at the end of round 20, when the season is over, to see where it all goes.
“Andrew (McDougall) and I will hopefully fly to Sydney in the coming weeks to catch up with the two Sydney teams.”
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