GEELONG is aware of when Steven Motlop will announce his preferred destination.
Plus why Tom Lynch should leave the Suns — and why the Pies should chase him — as well as the nervous wait for Jake Stringer.
SATURDAY looms as D-Day for Geelong’s Steven Motlop and Melbourne forward Jack Watts.
AFL Tonight host Anthony Hudson believes Motlop will make a final decision on where he wants to play in 2018 on Saturday, while a Watts call also looms over the next few days.
“My understanding of Motlop is that he’s indicated he will make a call on Saturday,” Hudson said on Fox Sports News’ AFL Tonight.
Chief football reporter Jake Niall went a step further and explained the factors that will allow Motlop to make a decision.
“I think the deadline in Sunday. Port has the advantage of having these links with him,” Niall said.
“From what I’ve gathered, the Adelaide offer will exceed Port Adelaide’s offer. Having said that, I don’t think the Power will be a mile off.”
As for Watts, Niall refuted suggestions he could see out his contract at the Demons. The club remains adamant they will not part ways with the 2008 No. 1 Pick unless the right deal presents itself, meaning he could remain in red and blue after all.
“Can I just say this, he won’t be going back to Melbourne,” Niall said.
FOX Footy commentator and former Geelong player Dwayne Russell has urged Collingwood to chase Gold Coast co-captain Tom Lynch, while three-time premiership player Cameron Mooney has also declared the forward should leave the Suns.
Lynch has one year left on his current contract and would command a significant asking price should he request a trade from Gold Coast.
Speaking on Sportsday radio, Russell suggested the Pies could do worse than make a bold play for Lynch in this trade period.
“I think the Pies should package something for Tom Lynch,” Russell said.
Speaking earlier in the evening on SEN, Cameron Mooney urged Lynch to “get out of there.”
“He’s got to look at himself in the mirror and go, ‘If I stay here I’m going to play 250 games and spend my time in front of 10,000 people,” Mooney said.
“This guy is a superstar, he should be playing on the MCG (in) big games, kicking big goals.
“If I was a Melbourne club I would throw everything at him to get him out of there.
Lynch has booted 234 goals in 121 games for Gold Coast since debuting in 2011. This year he shared the captaincy duties with key defender Steven May.
THE movement has well and truly begun in the AFL trade period, but it remains a nervous wait for Jake Stringer due to a “Mexican stand-off” between the Western Bulldogs and Essendon, says chief Fox Sports AFL reporter Jake Niall.
The GWS Giants on Thursday secured Pick 11 from Essendon — the prized draft selection of this year’s trade period so far — when they finalised a deal that saw Devon Smith land at the Bombers.
That Pick 11 was the selection the Bulldogs were hoping to get in exchange for Stringer, who’s now set for a nervous wait according to Niall.
“It’s a Mexican stand-off now and I think things will cool for a while,” Niall told Fox Sports News’ AFL Tonight.
“I’ve been told by someone involved that’ll probably be next week, so I think we can buckle up. It’ll be like a hostage negotiation and it could go the distance.”
Niall said he now expected the Bulldogs to ask for Essendon’s future first-round selection as part of a Stringer trade but may have to sweeten the deal as well.
“The Bulldogs, I would expect, logic dictates they will go after (Essendon's) future first-round pick. Maybe they’ll offer something back that’s better this time because that’s the best thing that’s in the Essendon infantry,” Niall said.
“They’ve got Picks 24 and 28, so they’ve got those two second-rounders and they’ve also got some currency, so can they trade them down to get a better pick to give to the Bulldogs.”
CHARLIE Cameron will not be at a Perth-based club next year, says his manager Colin Young.
Suggestions of a move home to Western Australia have been strongly refuted by Young in, who declared his client remains committed to playing for the Brisbane Lions in 2018 despite still having one year left on his contract.
“Charlie, Charlie’s family and his management company were all in agreeance that the Brisbane Lions were the best place for Charlie, both on and off the field,” Young told AFL Media.
“At no stage have Fremantle discussed Charlie Cameron. West Coast discussed Charlie Cameron in March.
“However, Cameron is committed to going and playing in Brisbane in 2018 and will not be entertaining any other club offers.
“However, Charlie is absolutely determined to play with Brisbane in 2018.”
Earlier this week, Adelaide appeared adamant Cameron would see out the remainder of his contract at the Crows. But the club’s stance appears to have softened in recent days.