Melbourne star midfielder Clayton Oliver is at the centre of a bombshell trade whisper, with Riley Beveridge and Cal Twomey reporting that a number of clubs are circling for his services.
“One to watch over the next couple of weeks, clubs are weighing up now whether to make a move for Melbourne superstar Clayton Oliver in this year’s trade period,” Beveridge said.
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“Oliver obviously has a massive seven years left on his contract that takes him through to the end of 2030.
“Obviously he’s had a very challenging year, he’s only played 15 games, missed 10 games through the middle of the campaign with a hamstring injury, but also that blister on his foot which became infected.”
Twomey noted that there have been no external indications of interest in Oliver, who is one of only five players in the league contracted through to the next decade (the others are Carlton’s Harry McKay, Fremantle’s Brennan Cox, Collingwood’s Josh Daicos and Sydney’s Nick Blakey).
“Rival clubs are considering a the cost of a trade attempt for Oliver,” Twomey said.
“It is unclear if he would be open to any move and there has been absolutely no indication that Melbourne would be willing to part with him either.
“This is from the point of view of rival clubs getting their (house) in order to see if a play for him is something they want to proceed with.”
While Oliver struggled in 2023, he remains one of the best players in the league, particularly around clearances, leading the competition in 2022.
He is a three-time All-Australian, four-time best and fairest and two-time AFLCA Champion Player of the Year, all having come at the core of a hugely talented Melbourne midfield.
With the Dees having been punted from finals in straight sets for a second straight year, a desire to go a step further and add to his 2021 Premiership would be the only feasible impetus for Oliver to seek greener pastures.
With little to no indications that the red-headed superstar is going anywhere, including any from his own camp, Oliver looks set to stay at Casey Fields for the foreseeable future.
It comes after fellow premiership midfielder James Jordon nominated Sydney as his new home, with the unrestricted free agent out of contract at the end of the 2023 season.