It’s the pointy end of the AFL Trade Period and there are still a host of deals that remain in limbo heading into Wednesday’s deadline.
Monday saw a series of deals drop with Collingwood’s raid on Fremantle stealing the show.
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All eyes will be on Geelong, Port Adelaide and Melbourne with the clubs still in the middle of wheeling and dealing.
Collingwood addresses Ginnivan rumour
Collingwood football boss Graham Wright has put to bed speculation surrounding the future of small forward Jack Ginnivan in the wake of the club’s trade moves this week.
The Pies secured a deal with Fremantle on Monday that will see the premiers snatch Lachie Schultz.
Freo received pick 34 in this year’s draft along with a future first-round selection.
The addition of Schultz to the club’s forward line will put pressure on Ginnivan to hold down a spot in the starting side.
Collingwood also has Bobby Hill and Beau McCreery playing up forward.
Wright told AFL Trade Radio on Monday night the Pies “haven‘t taken any calls” from rivals about Ginnivan – nor had the club “sought to take calls either”.
Ginnivan earlier this month said he was determined to stay at Collingwood.
Carlton making quiet move for ‘bargain’ trade
Carlton is set to be the beneficiary of a rival club’s stuff up and pick up former top-10 pick Elijah Hollands from Gold Coast.
Hollands is expected to get his request to move to the Blues after playing out of position on for the Suns this season.
News Corp’s Jon Ralph said on Fox Footy’s Trading Day on Monday night the Blues will be able to seal the deal with one a draft pick in the 20-30 range.
North Melbourne premiership player David King said he expects Hollands to win a spot in the Blues’ midfield.
“I’m a massive fan of this guy,” King said.
“You’re right, to be played out of position – put him in the midfield and let him go to work. True midfielders die on the wings; it’s just a different thing altogether. You’re out there where you’re possession-starved, all you do is run up, behind the ball, or run back behind it.”
He said the Blues are getting the best deal of out of all the haggling being done surrounding second round selections.
“Of all the players that are talked about as these bargain buys, picks 30 and 40 or whatever, he’s the pick of the lot,” King said.
“That’s the best of the lot.”
Suns list boss Craig Cameron earlier hinted the club was seeking to off-load Holland’s contract value.
Deal done as Roos sign Richmond youngster
Another deal that has gone through on Monday is North Melbourne’s recruitment of Richmond prospect Bigoa Nyuon.
The 200cm defender or ruckman has been swapped for pick 65 in this year’s AFL Draft.
The 22-year-old Nyuon had a consistent season in the VFL in 2022 and made his AFL debut the same season.
“Biggie is an athletic key defender who stood out to us with his ability to take intercept marks and his versatility to play as a ruck,” North Melbourne head of football talent Brady Rawlings said.
“The Tigers have a few tall options down back and in the ruck, so he’s searching for an opportunity to play senior football.
“We look forward to welcoming him into the club and seeing his attributes further develop here.”
Petty won’t be going anywhere
Harrison Petty has been one of the more intriguing names thrown around throughout the trade period so far.
The versatile Demon has drawn interest from his home state of South Australia, but Melbourne list manager Tim Lamb insists he won’t be going anywhere, NCA Newswire reports.
Lamb said it was “100 per cent” certain that Petty would remain at Melbourne next season as the Crows pursue a player as part of a deal for Shane McAdam and show strong interest in the key position utility, who grew up in Wudinna on the Eyre Peninsula.
Petty will become a free agent when his contract expires at the end of 2025 and has reportedly turned down an extension offer from the Demons.
But Lamb said the club was eager to extend his stay further and categorically ruled out his involvement in any trade during this period.
“One hundred per cent, that’s 100 per cent,” Lamb told AFL Trade Radio when asked whether Petty would stay.