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Giants move on key Saint

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Greater Western Sydney has shown strong interest in recruiting St Kilda defender Sam Fisher.

St Kilda's Sam Fisher (right) competes with Geelong's Mitch Duncan.

St Kilda's Sam Fisher (right) competes with Geelong's Mitch Duncan. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Greater Western Sydney has shown strong interest in recruiting St Kilda defender Sam Fisher, who has been approached by the Giants about a possible move.

The Saints are aware of the Giants' interest in Fisher, who is under contract to the Saints for next year. St Kilda says it has not discussed potentially trading the decorated defender at this stage.

Fisher is set to be paid $400,000-plus in 2014, but managed only nine games this year due to injury. The 31-year-old has a relationship with GWS list manager Stephen Silvagni stemming from Silvagni's time as a defensive coach under former Saints coach Ross Lyon.

The approach to Fisher follows North Melbourne's potential play for St Kilda star midfielder Nick Dal Santo, who is technically out of contract but can activate an automatic extension of a lucrative deal, if he chooses, or seek a move via free agency.

The Saints are clearly mindful of the opportunity to regenerate their list by gaining draft picks or young players in return for veterans. But their stance on Fisher is likely to hinge on whether the All-Australian and dual best and fairest wants to move. GWS could well offer him a longer contract.

The Fisher situation coincides with a strong bid by the Saints to recruit GWS tall defender Josh Bruce who has indicated he wants to be traded to St Kilda. Bruce, who played 11 games for the Giants this year as a tall defender, is clearly the type of player the Saints are seeking.

The Saints are also making a play for North Melbourne's Luke Delaney and have offered him a three-year deal.

St Kilda is keen to shore up the key defensive positions where they have been exploited over the past two seasons.

The Giants and Saints are said to be among the most active clubs in the upcoming trade period with GWS obviously making an aggressive attempt for Hawthorn superstar Lance Franklin, whose decision on whether to stay or take up the Giants' offer has been put on hold until Hawthorn's season ends.

GWS also is in the market for a mature ruckman having shown some interest in Sydney's Shane Mumford and Essendon's Tom Bellchambers.

9 comments

  • I love trade time!

    Commenter
    Matty
    Location
    Melb
    Date and time
    September 12, 2013, 8:30AM
    • Saints have quite a task to clean up the list problems left after a couple of years of only focusing on Grand Final success. Scott Watters inherited a lopsided playing list and has some big decisions to make, but letting a 31 year old defender with persisent injury problems go is not a big decision. Fisher is a good player who has served the Saints well, but they must move on.
      Personally I hope that Dal Santo stays as a 1 club man, but that's up to him.

      Commenter
      Henry
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 12, 2013, 8:52AM
      • Agree.

        Commenter
        Catherine
        Date and time
        September 12, 2013, 1:51PM
    • Come to Sydney party boy!
      You'll love it here and there's great golf too

      Commenter
      Paolo Royale
      Date and time
      September 12, 2013, 9:55AM
      • Saints are gone unfortunately - I expect a bottom 3 finish

        Commenter
        Genghis
        Location
        Lounge
        Date and time
        September 12, 2013, 11:36AM
        • Genghis, WOW that's a big call, given the Saints finished bottom 3 this year.

          Commenter
          Rick
          Location
          Melbourne
          Date and time
          September 12, 2013, 12:14PM
      • So the likely exodus continues. Shades of Fitzroy coming along Saints fans - not that you'll be in Victoria much longer. Just waiting for the truth about New Zealand to come out.

        Commenter
        stinger's a racist
        Location
        i hate sainsational
        Date and time
        September 12, 2013, 12:15PM
        • This post is just rubbish

          Commenter
          Richard
          Date and time
          September 12, 2013, 1:43PM
      • He's 31. You might as well give Ron Barrassi a call.

        Commenter
        derrick
        Date and time
        September 12, 2013, 1:47PM
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