Bombers boss Dyson Heppell has reportedly been “tempted” by a long-term offer from a rival club.
Victorian rivals have also been encouraged to chase down retired Eagles champion Josh Kennedy.
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New Grundy Suitors appear
Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy has interest from Melbourne and Geelong, the Herald Sun reports.
The 28-year-old has five more years left on his contract worth around $1 million a season, but the club is open to Grundy finding a new AFL home this season.
Grundy has been interviewed by the Giants, while Port Adelaide have been linked with the Australian twice.
Heppell ‘tempted’ by Suns offer
Bombers boss Dyson Heppell has been “tempted” by a four-year contract offer from the Gold Coast Suns, according to SNS’s Sam Edmonds.
The Suns have already been linked with the 30-year-old, who has been kept out in recent weeks amid rival interest from Essendon for a one-year contract offer.
Edmunds reports that the Suns’ four-year offer could include two seasons as a player and then another two campaigns as an assistant coach, but no formal deal has yet been offered.
As Heppell is an unrestricted free agent, he can move to another club without being traded.
The veteran played all 20 games for the Bombers this season, averaging 22.2 disposals and 6.7 marks per contest.
Bombers manager Ben Root had hoped Heppell would stay at the club earlier this year.
“Yes (we want him at the club next year) absolutely. That’s what we’re currently talking about with Dyson, so that’s not too far off.
“We were very clear with ‘Dice’ and talked to him about all that.”
Vick urged the debaters to pursue the retired Kennedy
DOUBLE All-Australian Ken Corns has urged Melbourne and Collingwood to try and lure retired Eagles champion Josh Kennedy east for next season.
Kennedy kicked eight goals in his farewell game against Adelaide on Sunday – the second most by a player in their last game in VFL/AFL history – after calling time on his career due to ongoing knee problems.
However, Cornes believes Victoria’s rivals will have to make a play without being expected to play every game for the 34-year-old.
“If I was Melbourne or Collingwood I’d be trying to get this guy out of retirement, look what he did (against Adelaide),” he said on Channel 9. Leg assigned.
“He sold it – you don’t have to train until January, we will pay you a good contract for two years. You will play 16-17 games for the year.
I’d be surprised if he’s not the player to play for Melbourne.
Kennedy kicked 723 goals in 293 AFL games.