JOSH Caddy is open to joining Geelong, St Kilda or North Melbourne after meeting with all three clubs, with the Cats in the strongest position to secure the 19-year-old Gold Coast onballer with its remaining Gary Ablett compensation pick.
The Suns must reduce their list size by four this year, then cut at least another three players to make their compulsory three picks at this year's draft. They are not looking to add too many players and have ruckman Tom Hickey also requesting a move to Melbourne.
While both the Saints and Roos will have first-round picks to offer, the Suns would be able to save the Cats' pick for next year or for the 2014 draft.
The first-round selection would be tied to wherever the Cats finished in the year that Gold Coast chose to activate it.
Melbourne remains well placed to secure versatile North Melbourne player Cameron Pedersen, who played just two senior games this year after a 14-match start in 2011.
The former rookie, who turned 24 this year, fell down the pecking order this season despite consistent VFL form. While he is under contract for next season, the Roos would move him for the right draft pick.
Richmond remains optimistic of snaring Greater Western Sydney youngster Dom Tyson, as part of a three-club deal involving the Western Bulldogs.
Under the deal the Giants would gain the Dogs' picks five and six in exchange for the rights to midfield prospect Jack Martin in the 17-year-old mini-draft, and possibly another teenager, Jed Anderson, who is tied to GWS as a Northern Territory zone player.
The Bulldogs would also receive pick nine from Richmond, with Tyson moving to the Tigers despite having completed just the first of his initial two-season contract.
Effectively, the Giants would be trading Tyson, last November's No. 3 draftee, for picks five and six.
Geelong is also firming to secure former North Melbourne ruckman Hamish McIntosh, who has asked to be traded. McIntosh has a year remaining on his contract, with a deal to be done during the trade period. The Cats also remain a strong option for former Melbourne defender Jared Rivers.
While he awaits on a decision from Sharrod Wellingham, player agent Carlos Da Costa is also in contact with Collingwood about two of his other clients.
Da Costa said he was close to securing a one-year contract extension for Magpie Andrew Krakouer, while he had been informed Marley Williams would be retained.
Da Costa said he hoped Wellingham, who is considering a shift to West Coast or Fremantle or remaining at Collingwood, would make his decision by tomorrow afternoon.
Da Costa said joining Melbourne was not part of his client's thinking, and denied speculation yesterday that the interest from the Eagles and Dockers had cooled.
''There is no Melbourne - it's always been Collingwood, West Coast and Freo,'' he said.
But Demons list manager Tim Harrington said Wellingham remained an option.
Krakouer, 29, returned from a knee reconstruction earlier in the season to play in the round-23 clash against Essendon and finals against Hawthorn, West Coast and Sydney.
''Collingwood have said there will be a one-year deal. We just have to nut out the facts and figures, which is great for Andrew,'' Da Costa said.
He said the Magpies had also shown faith in the rookie-listed Williams, who was hurt against Carlton in round 15 and required shoulder surgery.
Bulldog Will Minson will return from an overseas break today and will chat with his manager, Dan Richardson. Minson is an unrestricted free agent and could move to the club of his choice. However, Richardson said yesterday he was ''sure'' Minson would re-sign.
Unrestricted free agent Henry Slattery has told Essendon he is keen to explore interest from other clubs.