Port Adelaide is set to launch a significant bid as competition for star ruckman Brodie Grundy heats up.
Plus North Melbourne have announced they will be aggressive this season, but contract rumors have been quashed.
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Horne-Francis says the future is cloudier than 2023.
Jason Horne-Francis remains unsigned beyond 2023.
Within days of Alastair Clarkson’s signing as head coach, it was announced that Horne Francis had signed a contract extension beyond 2023 and that it would come during the side’s best and fairest awards.
Foxfooty.com.au Horne-Francis confirmed he is under contract until the end of 2023, but not beyond.
Horne-Francis met with Clarkson when new North Melbourne football boss Todd Vinny spoke to 3AW Sports Day.
“He went in enthusiastically to meet him (Clarkson) and came out jumping and jumping. “I thought it was a really interesting interview at the end before he went on a little holiday,” he said.
“He talked about the challenges he faced this year. It’s been a tough year for anyone at the North Melbourne Football Club and the added pressure of being the number one draft pick was always going to be a challenge.
“He’s a great kid and we’re excited to talk to him, he’s a great learner and he’s going to be an important part of the future of the North Melbourne Football Club, but he can’t be the only weight of building this football club.”
A port is set for Grundy to make a ‘major game’.
Port Adelaide is among the clubs linked with Melbourne, Geelong, GSS and Hawthorn. Grundy is under contract at the Magpies until 2027 on a lucrative deal worth $1 million a season – a deal Collingwood is reportedly willing to play elsewhere.
Of course, what could bolster Port’s bid for Grundy is the dual Australian from South Australia who intends to return to his homeland before re-signing with Collingwood at the end of 2019.
The SNSA’s Andrew Hayes also said Grundy was “on Port Adelaide’s radar” and the club had moved in the position.
“He (Grundy) has been in town recently and as we know… there are also rumors that he has been linked with Ken Hinckley. This is going to be a fun place to watch,” Hayes said.
We know that Scott Lissett missed most of the season with a shoulder rehab and they had a temporary ruck combination that worked really well.
“Then you’ve got Sam Hayes, who has had a taste at AFL level, but finished the year in the SANFL. You’ve also got Dante Visentini who played in the SANFL, you like the way he goes and he’s a future player.
“Brodie Grundy is on Port Adelaide’s radar and that means he commands $700,000 a year.”
According to reports, Grundy is now well settled in Melbourne and his preference is to stay at Pace, but management has said he is open to a trade if appropriate.
Collingwood boss Scott Pendlebury said he hoped to see the 28-year-old stay at the AIA centre, saying “Australian storytellers don’t grow on trees”.
“I mean all Australian players generally don’t grow on trees, so yeah I hope Jordie (de Goey) stays, I hope Brodie stays,” he said. Era.
But the nature of the beast can happen now with free agency and stuff like that. It’s what we want as an industry. But yes, I would like both people to stay.
Grundy will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an ankle sprain while returning from a PCL injury.
ROOS have announced aggressive offseason plans.
North Melbourne’s new football boss Todd Viney has promised the club plans to have an “aggressive” roster management strategy this off-season.
It comes ahead of Alastair Clarkson’s first full season at Arden Street, with Vinny linking up with the coach after the pair worked together at Hawthorn between 2005 and 2009.
St Kilda’s Brad Hill and Fremantle’s Blake Acker are two players linked with Rows, with the former potentially reuniting with Clarkson from his Hawthorn days, while North is hoping to lock down Cam Zurhar amid interest from Essendon.
Speaking on 3AWs sports day, Viney echoed Clarkson’s sentiments that the club will explore all avenues to strengthen the list, but preached patience as it looks to bounce back from back-to-back 18th-placed winners.
“We have work to do in every aspect of the club and footy,” Vinny said.
“Part of this is the players. We have to look at the talent we’ve got, try and work out how we can best use and improve that talent, but we look at all the ways to try and get better.
“Now that’s through the draft, free agency and trade, so we have to look at all those avenues, but we’re going to be aggressive.
“Not everything will be fixed in one year. It’s a tough game, everyone’s trying to do the same thing, we’ve finished at the bottom of the table so we’re not as attractive as some clubs, we’re a four-time Premier League manager at the club and we’ve been at a proud club. Hopefully this can carry some weight and influence some players to come and help us start this journey.
Blues for Acres Favorites
Carlton are leading the race for Fremantle’s Blake Acres despite the Dockers making a bid to keep the winger at the club, The Daily reports. Herald Sun.
The report said Fremantle had raised its offer to Acres from one year to two years by $200,000-$300,000, but the delay in talks opened the door for rivals to pull out.
A number of reports in recent weeks have linked the 26-year-old with Icon Park. Western Australia The Blues claimed to be in the lead and were vying for him ahead of North Melbourne and Geelong.
Carlton’s deal – worth a total of $1 million over three years – is financially more valuable than Fremantle’s and takes Acres up to 30 years.
Originally from Perth, Acker is coming off a strong season, averaging 21 disposals and 430 meters per match.