Collingwood football boss Graham Wright says the Magpies will be “pragmatic and real” about vice-captain Taylor Adams’ desire to leave for the Swans but will drive a hard bargain to make the deal happen.
The 30-year-old requested a trade to Sydney on Sunday, where he has reportedly been offered a three-year deal.
Wright said while he was surprised by Adams’ request, he understood why the experienced midfielder was keen to move back to Sydney after he began his career with GWS.
“We had some good conversations at the back end of last week … (Adams) has gone overseas at the moment, so obviously he informed us (on Sunday) and we’ll see how we go,” Wright said.
“I think all players have got a right to explore, they’ve only got a certain amount of time in the game.
“He’s contracted … but we’re pretty pragmatic and real about it, and we’ve had some good conversations.”
Wright said there was no doubt Adams was still a best 22 player at Collingwood, but knew he was eager to play more in the midfield after spending large portions of the season at half-forward following the recruitment of Tom Mitchell and Nick Daicos’ move into the middle.
“He would’ve been in our grand final team if he was fit and available, obviously injury kept him out of that,” Wright said.
“He’d like to play more midfield time … in our conversations last week with Fly and myself we were really open about that.
“We’d like to think (the Swans will pay a high price) … Taylor’s part of our leadership group, as I said would’ve been in our grand final team, from our perspective he’s a required player but we’ll have conversations with Sydney and we’ll see how it goes.”