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Hawks and Pies in a fight for Young love

Wanted: Hawthorn's Clinton Young.

Wanted: Hawthorn's Clinton Young. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

CLINTON Young faces a choice between remaining at Hawthorn or joining Collingwood as a free agent, with the Brisbane Lions acknowledging they are unlikely to snare the left-footer.

Young, who had surgery to his foot on Tuesday, has been offered a new contract by the Hawks, who remain optimistic about retaining the 2008 premiership player.

Collingwood is the major suitor, having created room in its salary cap by trading Sharrod Wellingham to West Coast in exchange for the Eagles’ first pick and possibly trading Chris Dawes. The Hawks believe they have room to retain Young and have left the ball in his court, with an upgraded contract on the table.

Stephen Gilham and Tom Murphy remain out of contract for the Hawks, who have acquired Brian Lake on a two-year deal that is far below the wage he was due at the Bulldogs (estimated at $450,000).

Young visited Collingwood’s Westpac Centre on Monday and, if he joined the Pies, would in effect replace Wellingham, who had a contract offer from Collingwood of about $1million for three years before he decided to go home to Perth.

Brisbane list manager Rob Kerr said the Lions appeared to be behind another club in the pecking order for Young.

For Collingwood, the strategy appears to be one of receiving trade picks for the players it loses and replacing them in the short term with older, unrestricted free agents, while using the picks to ensure a longer-term yield.

It relies on having room in the salary cap to accommodate the free agents, with Quinten Lynch having joined as an unrestricted free agent.

Young is 26 and has served only eight years but is an unrestricted free agent because he falls outside Hawthorn’s top 25per cent for remuneration.

 He was a member of Hawthorn’s 2008 premiership team and its 2012 grand final side.
Hawthorn, too, has taken advantage of the new free agency system: the Bulldogs felt compelled to trade Lake and receive some return — gaining pick 21 and 41 in return for Lake and pick 27 — because they would have received very little when the key defender was out of contract next year.

St Kilda is confident of reaching a deal with Gold Coast over ruckman Tom Hickey.   
The deal  is likely to be expedited by the finalising of the Josh Caddy trade to Geelong yesterday.

St Kilda and West Coast remain in a standoff over Eagle Mitch Brown, who wants to be traded back to Melbourne and is concerned about spending another year behind other tall backs at the Eagles.

The Saints want Brown in exchange for Jamie Cripps, a Western Australian who wishes to become an Eagle, and are threatening to let Cripps go into the draft. Brown is under contract for next year.

The Saints have a number of players in play, given that Farren Ray is a trade option for Melbourne.

69 comments so far

  • Youngie...don't even think about it!!
    At Hawthorn..you have respect, no amount of money buys that for Collingwood players!!

    Commenter
    Captain Grumpy
    Location
    Kingsville
    Date and time
    October 11, 2012, 7:18AM
    • Yeah Youngie. Love you to stay and be part of something big.

      Commenter
      aimhigh
      Location
      melbourne
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 7:54AM
    • Hey Grumpy, you need to spend less time with Dopey and more time with Happy, otherwise you will end up at the Doc.

      Commenter
      Gilly
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 7:58AM
    • Like everyone respects Buddy!!!!!
      Speaking of respect - Hawthorn fans that I've seen in action don't engender too much respect. They are rude, arrogant foul mouthed and abusive.

      Commenter
      BC
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 8:07AM
    • No amount of money compensates for the choking feeling he'll get if he stays with that bunch of dud hawks! baaahahhahahahahahhahahh!!!

      Commenter
      Milo Kerrigan
      Location
      Norfcut
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 8:30AM
    • Yeah Milo because the 1 premiership in 4 recent tries at Collingwood speaks volumes about their ability to win flags. They're called the Wobbles for a reason.

      Commenter
      PeeRod
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 9:19AM
    • Minimal respect pervades for 'hand out, take a dive' Buddy love and many other Hawks. The only respect Youngy will get is the blind, mindless, can't do no wrong (except capitulate in the 11' Prelim and fail in the 12' GF) respect that Hawthorn fans so arrogantly provide their angry little men.

      Commenter
      Jerome
      Location
      Toorak
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 9:24AM
    • The poor bugger's...well...buggered.

      He has to make a decision to leave the most arrogant club in the league to go to the most hated club in the league (apart from Hawthorn that is).

      Good luck son.

      2007, 2009, 2011, 2013

      Commenter
      Alex
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 9:32AM
    • Hey Alex
      You dont think your arrogant with the 2013 tag. Seems thats what Hawks fans are classed as arrogant for - to even suggest we are a chance to win in 2013, but its ok for your lot. Hypocrisy at its best

      Commenter
      hawker of hobart
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 9:47AM
    • Gee Alex... No arrogance with you plastering your fianls all over your comment.... Must be still sore over 2008.... ;)

      Commenter
      Dietz
      Date and time
      October 11, 2012, 9:57AM

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