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Izak Rankine, West Coast pre-season draft, Hawthorn veterans being traded, Ollie Henry

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Hawthorn could lose both Luke Brest for 2023 and Jack Gunston floated as a potential target.

AFL media’s Callum Twomey says Brest is still under contract for another season but is “open to opportunities” this trade period.

“There’s a real clock at this point on the Hawks star,” Twomey said.

Rivals know the AFL is looking to extend its life beyond 2023. That means there could be clubs willing to take a look at him this trade deadline.

“I think he’ll be open to the opportunities that come his way in the trade period this year. It’s a really interesting look at Brest and Hawthorn’s side of things.

“I think other clubs will come knocking at this point.”

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Breust knocked off interest from GWS at the trade deadline.

Hawks coach Sam Mitchell said earlier this year he was happy Brest chose to stay given the experience he brought to the team.

“I don’t see any slowing down in him,” Mitchell said on SEN last month.

His form during the season has been strong and we are very pleased with what he is doing off the pitch.

“He’s been a great mentor to some of our younger players.

“When someone like Sam Butler walks around the club, he has no idea how to hit the ball left-footed. You see a clip of Wilday’s left-footer last week. It all came from Luke Brest’s coaching session.

“He is a wonderful man.”

Former Fremantle great Paul Hasleby says Jack Gunston is a player the Dockers should consider at the end of the season.

Gunston kicked 426 goals and played 224 AFL games for Adelaide and the Hawks.

His contract is up at the end of this season and he remains an unrestricted free agent – but Frio will appeal, Hasleby said.

“He’s gone to give Fremantle a real crack at the premiership next year by taking their game from sixth place,” he said.

“You look at another player when they’re not there and he’s probably not the right guy for them, they want to pick someone who’s 24 or 25 who’s a bit taller coming into their prime.

But with that player absent and uncapped I think it makes him more attractive to the Fremantle Dockers.

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Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew admitted this week that Isaac Rankin has a big decision to make on his future.

Journalist Michelangelo Rucci says he has no doubt Rankin will play for Adelaide next season.

“A first-round draft pick and Matt Crouch, or Isaac Rankin walk in the preseason draft. It’s literally the Jordan Dawson moment again,” Rucci said.

But could West Coast simply be waiting in the wings?

Rucci said the Eagles were sitting pretty until Rankine’s call.

They have the second pick in the pre-season draft, should Rankine decide to leave the Suns and a deal with Adelaide falls through.

“The business has to be done, the Gold Coast are going to ask fairly,” Rucci said on SEN.

“Who will be the number one pick in the preseason draft? But North Melbourne doesn’t expect them to go that route. Number two is West Coast.

“I’m hearing West Coast are very much prepared to call Rankin’s name in the preseason draft if they have to.

“They (the Crows) have to do the deal.”

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The Suns are believed to be paying Rankine around $650,000 per season to stay.

But that’s less than the Crows’ reported $800,000 per season.

Rankin is the biggest off-contract name on the Gold Coast after four seasons at Gold Coast.

In the year After playing 3 games in 2018, he played 48 games and scored 57 goals for the club.

Rucci also said a Jason Horne-Francis deal is still possible, with one first-round draft pick.

“They went to North Melbourne and said, ‘You know what Jason Horne-Francis is going to do at the end of the year. He won’t be here. Now’s your chance to make a deal, or we’ll run it next year.

“Has Jason Horne-Francis burned too many bridges in North Melbourne?”

Is Henry coming out at Collingwood?

Geelong product Oliver Henry will remain without a new deal until 2023 and beyond.

Taken 17th overall in the 2020 draft, Henry has led 24 games and scored 28 goals in two seasons.

But he has “fallen out of contention” since the Round 18 win over Adelaide and now sits down the pecking order, with the expected arrival of Lions forward Dan McStay likely to push him even further.

SEN’s Sam Edmund Henry said he was a “spectator” of the untimely move.

“Twenty-year-old prospect, out of contract at the end of the season, out of contract,” he said.

“Dan McStay coming in, (GWS’) Bobby Hill very likely, (mid-season recruit) Ash Johnson going up, (Jack) Ginnivan and (Beau) McCree are playing senior footy, not for big money.”

“It’s a great option for the Paces but it will pose a bit of a problem for Henry, who is highly rated by the Magpie faithful.

“In response, an offer was made and a counter offer was made.

“The Pacers have some cap concerns — or at least a desire to open up some cap space, hence the Brody Grundy situation. There’s nothing urgent at this stage, but he remains a keeper.”

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Competing players should prepare views of the west coast

Former Docker Paul Hasleby says West Coast should look across town to help his team’s woes, with two Fremantle foes “fitting the bill”.

Dockers defender/forward swingman Griffin Logue is in demand on the East Coast, with interest from the Western Bulldogs and Essendon.

Logue is forced to spend time in the WAFL for the start of the 2022 season before establishing himself in the line because of his versatility to play back, forward and at times.

Logue is out of contract at the end of this season, but remains a free agent.

Hasleby said the Eagles might be interested if they slip up in the preseason draft.

“Could they get him cheap because of the preseason draft pick?” He said on SEN.

“If he’s out of contract and Fremantle can’t do a deal, can they pick him with their first pick in the pre-season draft or use that to get a cheap trade value? Talking about the 30s.

“At West Coast Eagles he fits the bill a bit because they’ve had a lot of trouble against smaller forwards from other clubs. He can do that with (Jeremy) McGovern and (Tom) Barras.

“I don’t think you should go ahead with Shannon Hurn if you’ve got a log – that’s a tough call.”

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The other player Hasleby says West Coast should approach is ruckman Lloyd Meek.

Meek remains the anchor in the WFL while Sean Darcy takes over and Rory Lobb or Logue acts as backup.

Given Fremantle’s interest in Melbourne’s Luke Jackson, Meek is likely to push further than the pre-order if this deal goes ahead.

“The West Coast Eagles should target Lloyd Meek. He had 40 at the weekend and he’s improved. He’s a big man with a big gun. He can move around the ground and mark,” praised Hasleby.

You’ve had a year since you realized he was going to be number one.

The Eagles are looking for a replacement for veteran Nick Naitanui, who is at the end of his career. This year they have played Bailey Williams alongside youngster Callum Jamieson with little success.

Tim English turned his back on a return to WA to stay with the Bulldogs earlier this year and Jackson is reportedly the focus of doctors if he leaves the Demons.

Meek still has another year to run on his Dockers contract.

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