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Brodie Grundy suitors, clubs interested, Hawthorn Hawks enter race, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Alastair Clarkson, attract stars, Matt Crouch, Izak Rankine

A new suitor has joined the race for Brody Grundy.

Plus the latest on the futures of Matt Crouch and Izak Rankine and why North Melbourne’s Alastair Clarkson will help the club attract stars.

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Hawks entered the Grundy competition

Hawthorn has emerged as a suitor for Collingwood star ruckman Brodie Grundy. RSN’s Mark Stevens reports.

Grundy has recently been linked with GWS and Melbourne as his Magpies future remains uncertain as the club consider releasing his lucrative salary – worth $1 million per season until 2027 – to clear space for the likes of Dan McStay, Bobby Hill and Tim Taranto.

Port Adelaide and Geelong have been linked with the 28-year-old and now the Hawks have reportedly entered the race.

“Lots of talk about GWS and Melbourne. You can add Hawthorn to that list because you’re interested in Brodie Grundy,” Stevens said on RSN.

“I’m surprised it took this long for him to show up for that, considering (Ben) McAvoy is retired.”

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When asked about the Hawks’ potential pursuit of Grundy earlier this month, club chief executive Justin Reeves remained tight-lipped.

This is for Mark McKenzie (Hawks roster manager). I know that is the police but the reality is there are many variables in that,” he said on SN.

“He might have a lot of legs in him, I don’t know the contract figures but what we have to say is look at every opportunity that you think will make your football club better.

Grundy has not played an AFL game since Anzac Day due to a PCCL injury.

Ross hopes Clarko’s coup will help attract stars

North Melbourne interim coach Leigh Adams hopes the signing of new senior coach Alastair Clarkson will help the Kangaroos retain key players such as Cameron Zurhar and Todd Goldstein.

The out-of-contract pair are said to be weighing up offers from rival clubs for next season.

But Adams hoped the four-time Premier League manager’s arrival would not only sway the duo but also see players from other outfits join them up north in 2023.

Adams said following North: “I think people like that want to see who the new coach is without speaking for them, and if you’re me, you can’t get a better coach, so that makes me want to sign.” Melbourne’s 67-point loss to Gold Coast on Saturday.

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I’m sure in the next couple of weeks, once you sit down with ‘Clarko’ and have those conversations, it will probably be clearer what you’re going to do.

But I think personally it can only help with those signings and hopefully a few guys at other clubs will want to come too, because we’ve got the best coach in the modern era.

Adams believes the Kangaroos need to strengthen their lead on the field during the season.

Collingwood boss Scott Pendlebury has said he thinks Rouse’s appointment of Clarkson could make them a “destination club” at Triple M, admitting the Pace champion wants to join the coaching panel after his retirement.

“I think it’s just a picture of the man,” Pendlebury said.

“When I’m done playing football, I’d love to go and work under[him]and see what he does.

He looks like the godfather of an AFL coach, he’s like the Gregg Popovich of the AFL.

– with NCA Newswire

Crows promised to fly

Krause assistant Nathan Van Bello echoed senior coach Matthew Nix’s sentiment that Matt Crouch “is a desirable player.”

A report emerged last month that Crouch left Adelaide “furious” after being told he would not accept a new contract – 12 months before his deal was due to expire – after meeting with the Knicks – which the Crows boss described as “very disappointing”.

It came a disappointing season for the 27-year-old midfielder, who played 11 AFL games and was dropped to the SANFL on several occasions, with injuries preventing him from returning to his best Australian form.

Asked about Crouch’s future and what will be discussed in his exit interview, Van Berlo told SN: “It will be a discussion around his year, which was personally disappointing for him.

“It will be a similar conversation to the one we had in the playing field where we want it to continue and we’ve seen progress at SANFL level.

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“I know Nicksy’s been really publicized because he’s a sought-after player and we see Matty as part of our future.” In my view, I don’t think this has changed at all.

“I see aspects of Matt’s game, when he’s on the level and what he’s doing, that really helps us. He is a good inside player and if he adds elements to his outside game and is consistent in that area, he will make us a better midfield.

“We will have these discussions and see where Matty is at and what he wants to do.”

AFL Media It was reported last month that Crouch was open to a move to clubs at the end of the summer if the right options became available.

Since making his debut in 2014, he has played 136 AFL games.

SUNS WAIT FOR RANKINE’S CALL

Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew expects to know a decision on star forward Isaac Rankin’s future at a “reasonable pace”.

Rankin has reportedly been offered a lucrative contract to return home and play with Adelaide from next season.

And while Tew wants to retain Rankin’s services, he’s confident the Suns coach won’t hurt the club as much as leaving him now, as he may have made a significant exit in the past.

Following Gold Coast’s 67-point win over North Melbourne, Dew said: “Now that we’re done, we expect the conversation to be louder.

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“We would love to have Isaac, but what we have done is to ‘de-individualize’ the club and it is not focused on Isaac, it is about how we can build a squad that is resilient enough if players miss out through suspension or injury.” Players can come in and cover and I think we’re starting to see that.

Crows coach Matthew Nicks admits Poland’s lack of possession on the ball is an area his side need to improve.

Acquiring the silky-skillful Rankin would help solve the problem, but the Knicks refused to be swayed by their club’s desire to trade the out-of-contract South Australian.

“We don’t talk about players from other football clubs,” he said.

“It was a very simple line I gave week-in-week-out.

But I respect and understand the request.

-NCA Newswire


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