Greater Western Sydney are shaping as a potential new home for Heath Shaw after the defender and Collingwood agreed the player could look elsewhere next year.
Shaw - who is not out of contract and could remain a Magpie should a suitable trade not be found - fits the profile of the type of player the Giants are after.
The Giants did not comment on Tuesday but the 27-year-old is a proven top-liner with several years left in his career and would add invaluable experience to the young team.
The Giants also have suitable trade bait for the Magpies as youngster Taylor Adams is looking to move on, and have draft picks they would be prepared to make a deal with.
Sydney refused to comment but it's believed the Swans would struggle to do a deal that would satisfy Collingwood.
Shaw has not quit the club, nor has he been sacked, but both have agreed if he finds a club with which Collingwood can negotiate an agreeable trade then Shaw would move.
''Heath is a contracted player but he has reached a point in his career where he has to weigh up where he wants to play out his final years, and he is looking at other options for where that might be,'' Collingwood football manager Rodney Eade said.
Shaw's manager Ben Niall said Shaw recognised he needed to change and felt that a fresh start at a new club might make that change easier.
''He accepts the feedback he received from Collingwood and does not argue with it,'' Niall said. ''He acknowledges that wherever he goes he accepts he has to change and he will work on his behaviour and discipline.''