AFL Trade news: North Melbourne, West Coast Eagles to fight out Harley Reid draft sweepstakes

The AFL trade period is off and running and some huge moves are already taking place among the league’s 18 clubs.

Some of the biggest issues still to play out are any potential moves ahead of November’s national draft and, more specifically, the Harley Reid sweepstakes.

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Reid has been wowing AFL talent scouts for some time now, playing in a variety of positions and with a number of clubs.

A powerful youngster who has held his own against grown men, Reid is considered a generational talent with the ability to eventually transform an AFL club.

As a result of finishing last on the ladder this year, a West Coast side desperate for talent holds the key card in the Reid sweepstakes, the No. 1 overall pick.

So why would the Eagles even consider giving up that card?

The short answer, for most, is that they won’t. They will pick Reid first and continue the long process of getting back to AFL respectability.

Yet the longer answer, according to some, is the ability to get even more talent into the club at a quicker pace.

That leads us to North Melbourne. Ben McKay’s move from Arden Street to Essendon on day two of the trade period gave the Kangaroos pick three in return.

That means Alastair Clarkson’s club now holds picks two, three, 15 and 21 in next month’s draft, plus three first-round picks next year.

And that is enough draft stock to potentially tempt West Coast into one of the biggest trades the sport has seen.

“If I’m West Coast, coming out of the (testing at the AFL draft) combine, it would have to take something absolutely extraordinary to trade away Harley Reid. Extraordinary,” draft expert Callum Twomey said on AFL Trade Radio.

“You’d need something so special that it moves you so far because he is such a special talent.

“He didn’t even test and he had an amazing impression on that combine. We saw it.

“His popularity, his infectiousness, his star-factor, his presence among the group is significant.

“If you’re going to trade that away, you’d want something absolutely amazing to be coming back the other way.

“North Melbourne has the capacity to give them something amazing.

“They have pick two, pick three, pick 15, pick 21 and three first-round picks next year.

“It’s a hand that will make them shake if they want to.”

The reaction has been varied, with pundits suggesting both West Coast and North Melbourne could benefit from a trade.

Demons made late play for Tomahawk

Geelong power forward Tom Hawkins reportedly remains no closer to re-signing with the Cats.

The premiership winner is keen to play on, but former teammate Josh Jenkins on Tuesday revealed fresh details surrounding the ugly contract saga, noting Hawkins has been left “irritated”.

“He is a little irritated that it’s taken this long,” Jenkins said on AFL Trade Radio.

“There’s some ground to be covered for both parties from the Cats’ point of view.

“I owed him a call … he was willing to tell me that he and the Cats are still a ways apart with his new contract. I thought it would be someone’s desk already signed off on.

“I don’t think there’s doubt on him playing in the Cats’ jumper. I was pretty surprised to learn there was still some ground to be covered.

“I think he got tired late in the season because he did play every game. He just loves to play the game. He’s got a thirst for training and playing.”

The Herald Sun on Tuesday night reported the Demons were considering cooking up an offer before it was made clear that Hawkins was not interested in leaving.

Demons knock back Swans’ Grundy offer

The Demons have reportedly rejected the Swans’ “far too modest” offer to out-of-favour ruckman Brodie Grundy.

The Age reports Sydney’s offer to lure Grundy north was “shut down emphatically” on Tuesday.

Grundy was seen as the big trade coup this time last year, after Collingwood offloaded him to free up salary cap space in exchange for pick 27.

But after just one season at Melbourne, where he was dropped and finished out the year in the VFL, Grundy has sought a trade to the Swans go reignite his career.

When asked on Monday if pick 32 was on the table for Grundy, Swans list boss Charlie Gardner said the club were still working through a deal.

“We haven’t had any meaningful discussions as yet with Melbourne. We’ll do that over the next week or so,” he said on AFL Trade Radio.

“I don’t feel like giving a running commentary.

“We’ll have those discussions with Melbourne over the next few days.

“I don’t want to speak for (Brodie); my sense is it’s a football decision and Sydney is really attractive for him in terms of the group.

“We need some support around our midfield.”

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