Chris Dawes may shift to Melbourne along with Sharrod Wellingham. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
COLLINGWOOD and Melbourne have discussed a blockbuster trade that would send Sharrod Wellingham and Chris Dawes to the Demons in return for pick No. 4 in the national draft.
But Wellingham's manager, Carlos Da Costa, last night insisted the out-of-contract Magpie would not link with the Demons, having made it clear he wanted to head home and play with West Coast.
It's understood the Demons would agree to the Dawes-Wellingham deal only if they did not have to use their other prized pick, No. 3, on Jack Viney, a highly rated father-son option. The Demons want at least one ''live'' pick among their top two selections.
They would also have to persuade both Magpies to join, with Dawes under contract for another two seasons. What appears certain, though, is both would receive major pay increases to link with Melbourne, which under Mark Neeld is clearly trying to transform a struggling list.
It's believed when they recently met Wellingham they were of the impression the midfielder was still happy to live in Melbourne.
If the Magpies were to secure pick No. 4, they would seek to recruit Gold Coast's Josh Caddy or look to grab West Australian 17-year-old centre half-forward Jesse Hogan in the AFL mini-draft from Greater Western Sydney.
Caddy is also being courted by other clubs, headed by Geelong. North Melbourne and St Kilda are also in the running.
Viney is one of three father-son selections nominated for tomorrow's father-son bidding meeting.
Under the bidding system, the Demons will have to use their first pick, No. 3 overall, if Greater Western Sydney or Gold Coast, which have the first two picks, bid for Viney.
There was a growing feeling last night the Suns were more likely than not to use their first pick, No. 2 overall, on Viney, who they feel is worthy of a pick between No. 2 and No. 7.
If the Dawes-Wellingham combination deal is not done, the Magpies may yet be major players in the first round of the draft. They could get pick No. 13 from Melbourne for Dawes and the Eagles' first-round pick at No. 17 for Wellingham, despite Da Costa claiming his client is worth a second- or third-round selection. The Magpies already have pick No. 18.
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