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Dees meet Gumbleton

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Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle

Scott Gumbleton.

Scott Gumbleton. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

IT WAS a trip to meet the family of the man-boy the club hopes will eventually play centre half-forward for a decade, but while in Perth coach Mark Neeld investigated the idea of a player who might help Melbourne in the shorter term.

The Demons coach met yesterday with out-of-contract Essendon forward Scott Gumbleton after meeting with recruit Jesse Hogan, 17. Gumbleton would be a potential reserve option for Melbourne in the event the Demons were unsuccessful in attracting Collingwood forward Chris Dawes to the club.

Gumbleton has not had excessive interest in him from other clubs and may yet stay at Windy Hill.

For the sake of due diligence, Melbourne met with Gumbleton while it remains uncertain of Dawes' intentions. The Western Bulldogs are understood to have made a strong bid for the Collingwood forward and relief ruckman.

The Demons, who may lose Jared Rivers through free agency, are also expected to land contracted North Melbourne tall Cameron Pedersen sooner rather than later, possibly for a second-round pick.

Dawes is choosing between three clubs - Melbourne, Western Bulldogs and Carlton - with all three having made presentations and offers in recent days. Dawes is understood to prefer Carlton, given it is the side with a list most in contention and likely to play finals, and he obviously knows coach Mick Malthouse.

But getting to Carlton is the most difficult of the three clubs, given the Blues have admitted they would need to move players out in order to bring Dawes in, and so any move there would have to wait until other deals were done.

Melbourne, with pick 20, and the Western Bulldogs (No. 21) both have draft selections that should be able to get a deal done and both clubs have room in their salary caps to bring him in.

The Bulldogs are understood to be the most likely club at this stage.

A decision on which club he wants to be traded to is expected to be made soon, possibly by tomorrow, with the trade to be negotiated after that.

17 comments so far

  • Essendon has stuck by Gumbleton for seven years, for very little return to date. He now has an opportunity to prove to them that their investment was worthwhile. If he has a breakout year he will justify that faith and demonstrate that he's worth taking a further punt on. More than anything else though, it's a test of character for Gumbleton: that is if he does get a significantly higher offer than the Dons have put on the table for next year.

    Commenter
    Doug
    Location
    Hobart
    Date and time
    October 11, 2012, 6:22AM
    • .... and this is where free-agency somewhat comes into play. The player has to look after themselves. Essendon have stuck by him but aren't willing to give him more than a year. Then there's Crameri, Hurley, Pears, Hooker, Carlisle, Fletcher, Ryder, Bellchambers - not sure where Hill fits in and Joe Danhier either. I'd rather see EFC put their money where their mouth is and give him 2 years. I dare say he'd still be pretty cheap.

      Commenter
      Kevin S
      Location
      Breakfast point
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 10:36AM
    • There are few players that genuinely owe their clubs loyalty given the way that clubs will trade/de-list players at their convenience. However, Scott Gumbleton is an exception. A No.2 draft pick who has played 28 games in 6 years. The Essendon FC has stuck by him through ongoing breakdowns, operations and rehabilitation. Gumbleton owes our club BIG time. The fact that he is shopping himself around demonstrates poor character. He should immediately agree to the reasonable one year deal that he has been offered to him and set about proving his worth in 2013. Further financial rewards will then follow.
      Seriously Gumbleton, what have you done to justify a better offer?

      Commenter
      Rational Bomber
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 12:25PM
  • Dawes would be a great grab by Carlton but since they may not have the cards to play the game then I reckon Dawes would be more comfortable at the bulldogs where he will be the no. 1 man. He would have to contend with Clark at Melbourne so its the 'scrays for me.

    Gumbleton would be a nice fit at the Dees.

    Commenter
    unicorn7
    Location
    The Hyper-dimensional field
    Date and time
    October 11, 2012, 6:36AM
    • love to see Rob Murphy at the pies or we swap dawes 2 Ist round draft choices for griffin murphy and low pick

      Commenter
      open thy eyes
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 9:25AM
    • I think Dawes would be better at Melbourne because of Clark, simply because I don't think Dawes can hold down the solo big man mantle. I think he is much better as part of tandem and Mitch Clark would be a great partner for him.

      Commenter
      Smoolander
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 11:55AM
  • Gumbleton could go one of two ways - play another 20-30 games with occasional flashes of brilliance but fade away and be de-listed in 3 years time OR he will take the game by the scruff of the neck over the next 18 months and become a dominant forward. The Bombers are having a bet both ways with their 1 year deal. That's obvious - even they can't tell which way his career will go. They would be kicking themselves though if he went to Freo or Melbourne and him to kick 50 goals in the 2014 season!

    Commenter
    DJCJ
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    October 11, 2012, 10:01AM
    • And if he has a great season next year he'll be able to command a great contract after that. It's in his best interests to stay another year on a one year contract, go as hard as he can next year and go for the big money and finals at Essendon, coz if he goes somewhere else he may just find that they get a bargain.

      Commenter
      Andy
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 11:31AM
    • @DJCJ - exactly right - essendon could be ruing the day they got rid of him (jenkins is a recent example) or he could clog their list with more injuries. IF essendon were to trade him I would rather him to go Melbourne in return for some handy draft picks.. Freo got mcfree for nothing because he walked out - cannot allow Gumby to do that

      Commenter
      Johnson
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 12:57PM
  • There is a reason why no club has made any offers too Gumbelton its cause he is a spud. wafl standard and just that

    Commenter
    John
    Date and time
    October 11, 2012, 10:13AM

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