After Port Adelaide met with Brodie Grundy, Sydney has remained tight-lipped on whether it’ll follow suit.
Plus “a number of clubs” are interested in a contracted Sun, while two players are set to stay at their respective clubs.
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DEES TEAMMATE BACKS GRUNDY AS SWANS FLAT BAT CHATTER
Premiership Demon Christian Salem says teammate Brodie Grundy remains “committed” to “working on his craft” and helping Melbourne win this year’s premiership, despite meeting with Port Adelaide officials on the eve of the finals series.
Grundy is now being widely tipped to request a trade away from Melbourne a season’s end, despite being contracted for four more years at the Dees after being traded from Collingwood last season in a move to ease salary cap pressure.
“I think everyone just knows Brodie is gone,” triple Coleman Medallist Matthew Lloyd told Channel 9’s Footy Classified.
“I think everyone knows Brodie’s situation … He’s got one foot out the door and the only way he plays again (this season) is if Max (Gawn) gets injured.”
The dual All-Australian last week reportedly met with Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley, as well as star duo Connor Rozee and Zak Butters, when the group were in Melbourne for the AFL Awards.
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Asked how he felt about Grundy meeting with another club in-season, Salem told 3AW’s Wide World Of Sports: “I haven’t really even spoken about it to be honest. Brodie, I see him every day and he’s as committed as they come and working on his craft as hard as he does. I guess that’s part of football. I haven’t really thought about it too much with what Boride does.
“We’ve got players coming in everyday, 45 or 46 players committed to one cause – and that’s winning a premiership. Brodie is definitely in that boat as well.”
The Power are seen as the clear front-runners for Grundy, but Sydney and Geelong are both also in the running to secure Grundy for 2024 and beyond.
Asked cheekily by AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson if he’d follow in Hinkley’s footsteps and meet with Grundy while in Melbourne for his side’s elimination final against Carlton, Swans coach John Longmire told Fox Footy on Monday night: “My focus, Robbo, is the Blues. I’ve got enough on my plate this weekend at the MCG.”
Robinson cheekily suggested “that was a yes”, to which Longmire replied: “No it’s not, Robbo.”
Swans chief executive Tom Harley earlier in the day refused to reveal whether his club had met with Grundy.
FRINGE SUN GENERATING LOTS OF RIVAL INTEREST
“A number of clubs” have approached key-position Sun Mabior Chol about his playing future, according to the player’s manager.
SEN reported last week that Chol, who‘s been forced to bide his time in the VFL due to the return of star forward Ben King, was “categorically available”, despite only moving to the club after the 2021 season and signing a contract that ties him to Gold Coast until 2025.
In a statement provided to SEN on Monday night, Chol’s manager – Ashley Blair of Pacific Sports Management – said Chol “wants to be a regular at AFL level”, but added he’d have more clarity about his client’s situation after the Suns’ VFL campaign has finished”.
“Mabior is focusing on the VFL final series and hopefully winning a premiership with the Suns. We are aware and have been approached by a number of clubs that are interested in Mabior due to his high-end talent to see where everything sits,” the statement reads.
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“With Mabior still being involved in the VFL finals, Mabior has not yet had his exit interview with Gold Coast, so we are not sure of the Sun’s (sic) position at this stage.
“Mabior still has 2 years remaining at Gold Coast and is really enjoying his time up there. However, like all players, Mabior wants to be a regular at AFL level. He demonstrated what he can do when he gets a regular opportunity at the AFL level kicking 44 goals and being the leading Suns goal kicker in 2022.”
Fremantle champion Paul Hasleby last week urged his former club to go after Chol in what would be the “steal of the trade period”.
Chol has played just eight AFL games in 2023, but been an integral member of the Suns’ successful VFL campaign to date, booting 31 goals and averaging 13.2 disposals and 5.1 marks from 14 matches.
STAR DOCKER, ROO SET TO REMAIN
Two players generating lots of rival interest are set to remain at their respective clubs, with Fremantle star Sean Darcy poised to sign a contract extension and Tarryn Thomas to honour the final year of his North Melbourne deal.
Since the arrival of Luke Jackson to Cockburn, Darcy’s position on the Dockers’ list – and his subsequent trade value – has attracted ample external commentary around whether Fremantle should entertain any rival club interest in Darcy, who’s currently contracted until the end of 2024.
But 9 News Perth reported on Monday night that it’s expected Darcy and the Dockers would come to terms on a contract extension – which would tie him to the club until at least the end of the 2026 season – after productive recent talks between all parties.
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Meanwhile, Thomas is set to remain at the Kangaroos, who’ve stood by the midfielder despite his off-field issues – including allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women – over the past 12 months.
It was reported last week that Thomas was “canvassing” the market – despite being contracted to North for 2024 – with Essendon reportedly keen on him.
But the Herald Sun reported Thomas’ management had told the Roos over the weekend that the midfielder was keen to honour his contract next year.
Thomas, 23, has played 69 games for North Melbourne since being taken with Pick 8 in 2018.