Richmond and Collingwood Gunners are vying for the Giants midfielder – emerging as favourite.
Also, the contracted Swans this season and the pace of the Gunners Suns race is open to negotiation.
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The tension rises when the star moves from $4 million
SEN SA’s Kim Dillon reports Gold Coast’s Isaac Rankin is on the verge of pulling out of negotiations with Adelaide altogether amid uncertainty over his AFL home for 2023.
Rankin was torn between heading home on a five-year, $4 million deal with the Ravens and staying with the Suns for around $150,000.
A move with the top-three draft picks would require one of the biggest trades we’ve seen this offseason.
Making matters more complicated, West Coast Adelaide are said to be willing to use the pre-season draft to capture Rankine if they don’t complete a trade for him.
According to Dillon, the Suns were pulling out all the stops to try and keep their emerging superstar.
“There’s been a lot of talk around Isaac Rankin, I think three weeks ago I said 95 per cent (chance he’d go to Adelaide),” Dillon said.
“Over the weekend and earlier this week, that contract was almost pulled out of the deal to go to the Crows.
We’ve had the father of a Gold Coast player over the last couple of nights, he’s done a fantastic job trying to keep him (Rankin) fully fit. Going back and not going (to Adelaide).
But I still believe it will happen.
Rankin will not play in Round 23 due to injury.
Tigers ‘Edge Forward’ in Gun Mid Race
Richmond have led the race for young GWS star Tim Taranto, AFL Media’s Cal Twomey reports.
Collingwood is the other leading suitor for the Giants midfielder, who looks certain to join a number of teammates in leaving the NSW club this season.
Salary cap issues mean the Giants can’t re-sign Taranto and Jacob Hopper — the latter is out for one more contract, while Taranto is out of contract, but not a free agent — and will have to “reset” and let more. Players will be released this year.
Bobby Hill and Tanner Brune are also expected to travel.
Taranto, who won the Giants’ best and fairest in the 2019 Grand Final season, is more likely to join the Tigers than the Magpies at this stage.
Collingwood’s season and capital situation could be further complicated with Daniel McStay joining the club, Bobby Hill and Billy Frampton linked and Jordan de Goey’s contract issue to be resolved.
“I think the Tigers have gone ahead of Taranto (from Collingwood),” Tremey reported on SEN Breakfast.
“They were interested in Jacob Hopper, but if you put on the market Geelong would be popular for Hopper and that would allow the Tigers to get more into Taranto.
“I think the Pies have been interested in him for a while. A lot may depend on the salary cap space and what happens to Jordan de Goey.
The contract was opened for negotiation
Sydney defender Luis Melican is willing to trade this season, AFL Media reports.
Melikan in 2010 After six games in 2021, the Swans have been outscored by brothers Tom and Paddy McCarthy so far this season with six behind them.
Rival clubs have been told Melika may be looking elsewhere for more opportunities.
In the year Melican, a rookie draft pick at the end of 2014, played 52 games for the Swans, including a shutout in last year’s final loss to GWS.