Adelaide checks out White
Sydney's Jesse White. Photo: Joe Armao
SYDNEY forward Jesse White has flown to Adelaide for a medical screening and looms as a possible cog in the Kurt Tippett trade, which should unfold in the next few days.
After some initial reluctance the Crows decided to take a closer look at White, the Swans' 24-year-old forward whose senior opportunities have been restricted to just a handful of games in the past two seasons.
Industry expectation is that White would likely be packaged with the Swans' first round pick, currently No. 22, should the trade eventuate.
He kicked 20 goals in 2009 and 22 in 2010 but may appeal to the Crows' desire to recruit a back-up ruckman.
Sydney recruited White from Queensland, where he once played junior basketball with Tippett. However, his partner is from Adelaide. Having fallen behind the likes of Sam Reid and Mike Pyke in the last two years he requested a trade two weeks ago while having a year to run on his contract.
It is unclear what arrangement the clubs would come to given his contract, given White's departure with a year to run would make it easier for Sydney to accommodate Tippett's contract. However, the Swans are also losing retired ruckman Mark Seaby, who has been on a $300,000-plus contract.
In other trade news, uncontracted Port Adelaide youngster Ben Jacobs intends to nominate North Melbourne as his club of choice. Jacobs, a Victorian, has had interest from St Kilda and Essendon, but is expected to tell the club that he would like to be traded to Arden Street.
The Kangaroos had strong interest in Jacobs before the 2010 draft, where he was drafted by the Power at No. 16. He has played 26 games in his first two seasons.
Clubs continued to bide their time ahead of tomorrow's free agency deadline, with the confirmation of compensation picks holding up a number of minor trades.
The Power will receive two picks for Danyle Pearce and Troy Chaplin but St Kilda, expected to receive a first round choice for Brendon Goddard, is the club others are waiting to deal with.
The Saints have made well known their interest in Gold Coast ruckman Tom Hickey and contracted West Coast defender Mitch Brown. Several other clubs have also expressed interest in Hickey, who hopes to move to Melbourne.
Essendon's ability to trade in players may hinge on Scott Gumbleton's decision to stay or seek a new club. The forward has been offered a one-year extension by the Bombers.
Melbourne is no longer in the running, with Chris Dawes secured and Cameron Pedersen likely to make his way to the club later in the trade period.