Collingwood coach Craig McRae wants both Brodie Grundy and Jordan de Goey at the club in 2022.
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Do not rush to call the key D
Melbourne defender Angus Brayshaw says he is undecided on whether to stay at the club beyond this year as he ponders “the most important decision I have to make”.
The 26-year-old and team-mate Luke Jackson remain the Des’ two biggest contracting priorities, with confidence growing that Jackson will seek a trade back to Western Australia at the end of the season.
Brayshaw is a restricted free agent and was reportedly linked with Essendon last week.
Speaking on SEN Breakfast, Bryshaw said he was in no rush to make a call about his future.
“This is the most important decision I’ve had to make[in my career]and it’s not one I take lightly,” he says.
“I’ve done a lot of hard work to make sure I’m comfortable with the decision I’ve made, obviously I haven’t made up my mind yet.
“I understand that the clock is running out and people are speculating, but luckily I don’t decide for any of them, it’s a decision that’s best for me and I’ll make it when I’m ready.”
Bryshaw, once primarily based in midfield, now finds himself at half-back but admits a change of position is on the way, saying of his future that it is “certainly something to be reckoned with”.
Pace’s coach is tight-lipped on Grundy… but Duo wants him to stay
Collingwood coach Craig McRae has revealed he wants both Brodie Grundy and Jordan de Goey at the club next season but insists Grundy is not ready for a trade.
While both Grundy and De Goey are sidelined through injury, the external focus has been on their footy futures in recent weeks.
De Goey is out of contract beyond this season and is eligible for free agency, with St Kilda and Geelong linked with the 26-year-old.
Multiple reports suggest that Grundy’s management are preparing to inquire about trading for Ruku, even though he is under contract with the club until the end of 2027 at a deal worth around $1 million per season. The Grundy manager was seen meeting Giants football boss Jason McCartney last week, where the futures of both Australians were discussed.
asked on Fox Footy’s AFL 360 If he wants Grundy at Collingwood next year, McCray said on Monday night: “I would.” I want Brody there. I think it makes us better. I have a great relationship with Brody that goes back to when he first started.
“I think it’s forgotten how good a player he is … back to the last game against (Sam) Draper and he was a big part of that Anzac Day game.
But to answer your question, do I want Brodie Grundy at Collingwood? Absolutely.”
Asked directly if Grundy was ready for a trade, McCray said: “I can’t comment on that. That’s his management and Graham Wright does detail management around those things.
McRae laughed at a question from Mark Robinson about how much he influenced Wright’s roster management calls.
“I’ll call him (Wright) later and ask him if I have that much to say … No, I don’t want to get into that, Robo,” McCray said.
The Pies coach said he wants to keep De Goey because “he’s a player who I think will make us better.”
“Jordy has three or four weeks off and he looks really good, so I’m excited to see what he can do for us next month. And beyond that? “Ideally he’s another player I’d like to stay longer,” McRae said.
McRae said Grundy was unlikely to face Port Adelaide this weekend but was hopeful De Goey would be available for selection.
Blues bid heats up for Jones comp
Carlton’s bid to receive compensation if Liam Jones joins another AFL club at the end of the season has intensified. Herald Sun.
Jones refused to meet the AFL’s vaccination obligation last year and later retired despite having a year to run on his Carlton contract. But the key defender, who is playing in the QAFL this year, has said he has not given up hope of playing in the AFL in the past – a prospect that came after the league lifted vaccination requirements for players and staff earlier this month.
Essendon confirmed an informal meeting with Jones in Queensland, where Jones and his teammates from the Western Bulldogs – a club he played 66 games for after drafting him at pick 32 in 2008 – at the home of club football boss Chris Grant at Whitton Oval.
of Herald Sun Gold Coast Suns recruits are expected to watch Jones play in the QAFL.
Having recruited former Bulldog Lewis Young as cover, the Blues, who have no interest in recruiting the key defender back, will not want to stand in the way of Jones returning to the AFL via another club. Exchange period or draft. Under current AFL rules, however, a retired player cannot return to play for another club for 18 months.
But Herald Sun The Carlton reports the AFL is keen to make Jones an unrestricted free agent, meaning the Blues could receive a compensation draft for losing him. Where the pick falls in the draft order depends on the length and size of the rival club’s offer.
Jones’ manager, Shane Casley, said he had spoken to the AFL and expected a resolution “soon”.
When asked if the goal is Jones becoming an unrestricted free agent, Casley b Herald Sun“That’s the goal.
“We’re not even looking at other options and we’re talking to the AFL about where it’s at.”
The emerging swan must be the crows’ ‘Priority no. 1’
Adelaide should put Swans forward Will Hayward at the top of their trade wish list, according to four-time Power best and fairest winner Ken Korns.
Hayward has become Sydney’s regular goalkicker over the past two seasons, kicking 53 goals from his last 38 games, including a season-high three in the Swans’ recent win over Adelaide.
In the year The 23-year-old, who was snapped up by the Swans at pick 21 in the 2016 draft from North Adelaide, is under contract with Sydney until the end of 2024.
But speaking SEN SA breakfast On Monday morning, Cornes said Hayward was “a midfield player” the Crows should prioritize if he were to return home to South Australia.
“We know contracts don’t mean much,” Korns said SEN SA breakfast.
“If he decides he wants to come home I’ll give him a big buck, I think he’s an absolute gun.
“If I were the Ravens, Will Hayward would be my priority.”