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Brodie Grundy Melbourne trade update, Collingwood contract, salary, Max Gawn lethal combination

In what is expected to be one of the most exciting trade seasons in recent years, a player signed to an early seven-year deal could be at the center of it.

Such is the playing field for Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy, who is keen to stay at the Paces but has been linked with rival clubs over a move at the end of the season.

The elephant in the room for any Grundy move is his top salary for the next five years, at around $950,000.

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For context, former teammate Adam Treloar was owed $4.5 million over five years at Collingwood when he tried and failed to land the midfielder in late 2020.

Negotiations with the Western Bulldogs over the finances of Treloar’s deal were tense and a deal was only reached in the final seconds of the trade deadline.

Brodie Grundy last played for the Magpies against Essendon on Anzac Day. Photo: Michael KleinSource: News Corp Australia

Ultimately, the deal saw the Dogs sign Treloar to a five-year, $3 million contract.

If Grundy makes a move, the Pies could spend up to $350,000 a year.

Granted, Grundy is far more likely to stay at Collingwood than Treloar, but Treloar’s example shows just how complicated negotiations over Grundy can be for clubs.

For a club like Melbourne, however, there is another situation where negotiations could be much easier – the club Grundy is linked with.

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Firstly, the Dice’s link-up with Grundy boosts confidence that Luke Jackson will return to Western Australia by trade later in the year.

Secondly, Simon Goodwin says he likes what he’s seen from captain Max Gawn up front this week, while Gawn himself is happy to have spent more time with him coming in after 30 years.

Earlier this offseason, it was reported that Melbourne was ready to offer Jackson up to $750,000 over two years.

Shifting that $750,000 to Grandy and Collingwood would be more than happy to cover the last 200-odd thousand in the contract. It can be done easily with money.

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From a trade standpoint, one or both of the first-round picks the Dice will ask for in exchange for Luke Jackson could be considered sweeteners to the deal.

Even structurally, former Melbourne player Jordan Lewis is starting to come around to the idea of ​​a Gawn-Grundy combination.

“When I first heard about it, I was a bit shocked and didn’t know it was going to be good. But every time I think about it, I like to entertain the idea, especially if Jackson leaves,” he told Fox Footy. AFL 360.

“Always the issue around these situations is money and how do you sell that to the rest of the playing group and how does Grundy come back from a layoff.

“I think I can sit here now and say if everything went well – the players were happy with it and the money was OK – I think it’s a very lethal combination.”

Brody Grundy and Max Gawn. Picture: Tony GoughSource: News Corp Australia

Gawn has shown his ability as a striker, while Grundy’s strength is in the post-match position as an additional midfielder.

So, how does separation work?

“Ideally you want 50-50 but obviously someone has to leave at some point. “They’re both going to be good strikers in my opinion,” Lewis said.

“Both can clearly mark the ball – Max needs some work on the goal ball but both can be very dangerous options up front.

“I think a 50-50 split would cause a big headache if both of them could get up and go.”

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