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Cats Eye ‘Amazing’ Grundy/Hopper Heist

SEN’s Sam Edmund reports Geelong are “in the running” for Brodie Grandy and believes the Cats could be set for a big trade moment for both star ruckmans. And Jacob Hopper.

Earlier this month, Hopper emerged as Geelong’s number one target despite the midfielder having a year to run on his contract as GWS faced salary cap pressure, with several other Giants guns linked to trades.

Premiership favorites the Cats are also among the clubs interested in Grundy as PSG are pushing for a contract worth $1 million per season until 2027 and could contribute $300,000 of his annual wages at a rival club.

Edmund said Geelong would “not rule out” both stars joining the club and “watching this place”.

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“I think the Cats are setting up another brilliant commercial period, another anti-ageing jab,” Edmund said on SEN.

“Jacob Hopper and Brodie Grundy are the two names that will come up against Geelong. It was difficult to understand how important that interest was (in Grundy).

“But the abuse site is an itch they can’t scratch, and according to two sources, they’re in the running for Brody Grundy here.

“Could the Cats pull off the Grundy deal to coincide with the retirements of Tom Hawkins, Joel Selwood, Isaac Smith and the like?”

Broadcaster Gerard Wyllie added: “Imagine what he would do as a defense prime minister.”

PUNDITS question level price tag

Isaac Rankin is not worth $800,000 per season, according to him AFL 360 Co-host Mark Robinson, who wants the Sun to move to the Adelaide Crows.

Gold Coast confirmed on Tuesday that Rankine had requested a trade to the Crows on a deal worth around $8000,000 a year over five seasons.

The former 3rd pick has shown flashes of brilliance during his 48-game career, including a 29-goal 2022 season, but Robinson isn’t yet convinced the 22-year-old is worth such an inflated price tag.

Robinson added that Rankin thinks only one first-round draft pick is worth in a trade, with the Ravens holding the fifth overall pick.

“My willingness to jump up and down with excitement at this — right now it’s not worth $800,000,” Robinson said. AFL 360

“At $800,000 it’s a smart little forward. Cyril Rioli is the best young striker I’ve ever seen, and he won’t be anywhere near (the price) – I know his wages have gone up – but my god that’s a lot of money.

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Partner AFL 360 co-host Gerard Wiley has questioned why the rebuilding Crows would spend good money on a small forward after making a big-money deal for winger Jordan Dawson in the off-season.

“It’s a lot of money tied up in that position and up to Jordan Dawson and the money they spent there,” he said.

“In the rebuilding picture, trying to spend your money on those two positions instead of explosive midfielders and key forwards is counterproductive.

“It’s tough for Gold Coast – pick 3 three years ago, they’ve looked after him a lot. He got off to a good start and then had a very poor stretch, which I suspect was taught football and they didn’t get any benefit.

“The crows want to compensate well.”

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