Staying: Jonathan Giles (left), doing battle with Hawk David Hale, is staying at Greater Western Sydney. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
THE market of tall forwards who can ruck has become even thinner with Greater Western Sydney re-signing Jonathan Giles to a new deal.
Giles has resisted the offer of a return to South Australia to join the Crows as a replacement for the departing Kurt Tippett and penned a new three year deal to remain with the Giants. The re-signing will be announced today.
Giles had attracted interest and offers from several clubs, notably the Crows, but has recommitted to remain at the Giants after finishing top five in their best and fairest this year.
Leaving? Bret Thornton may become a Giant. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
The Giants admit to being interested in securing veteran Carlton utility Bret Thornton later in the exchange period as a free agent.
As an experienced player able to take a role in defence or attack, Thornton appeals to the Giants as a player who could offer depth and help bridge the years until their talented young key position players develop.
Great Western Sydney ruckman Dean Brogan has yet to make an announcement on his future but is tipped to retire.
With Giles removed from the trading market the pool of available tall forwards who can ruck has thinned.
Melbourne's Stefan Martin remains available to clubs, particularly with the likely arrival of Chris Dawes into the Demons' mix.
Few have expressed keen interest in Martin but his name might feature more prominently as the the second half of the long trade period winds out.
Melbourne and Collingwood did not hold meaningful talks over the weekend on Dawes with Collingwood eager to draw more compensation from Melbourne than the available pick 20 in the draft.
Melbourne is likewise no closer to finalising a deal for versatile key position player Cameron Pedersen with potential for his trade to the Demons being tied into moves to satisfy a deal for Hamish McIntosh to get to Geelong.
Geelong's ability to get that deal done as well as contemplate securing Jared Rivers as a free agent is complicated by the fact it is trying to negotiate a trade for defender Tom Gillies and Mitch Brown had also asked to look at a move to another club.
Hawk Clinton Young, who is weighing offers from Collingwood, Essendon, Brisbane and Port Adelaide as well as his own club, is yet to declare whether he will remain at the Hawks.
St Kilda and West Coast are still no further advanced on a deal for Jamie Cripps to move home to Perth.
The Saints are not budging on their insistence that the only trade they are interested in is one for the contracted defender Mitch Brown, who has asked the Eagles for a trade to St Kilda.
The Eagles have refused to consider a trade for Brown.