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Magpie heads home to Perth

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Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle

Sharrod Wellingham looks to break free during Collingwood's finals victory over West Coast.

Sharrod Wellingham looks to break free during Collingwood's finals victory over West Coast. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

HAVING conceded it could not get its player to the club it wanted, Collingwood yesterday finalised a deal to move Sharrod Wellingham home to Perth.

The Magpies received West Coast's first-round pick, No. 17, for Wellingham. But the selection is likely to become pick 18 after St Kilda's compensation pick for Brendon Goddard is factored in.

Sharrod Wellingham.

Sharrod Wellingham. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

The Magpies are trying to lure a ready-made replacement for Wellingham in Hawk Clinton Young, who could be signed as an unrestricted free agent. Young toured the Westpac Centre on Monday and the Pies are understood to be keen to recruit the premiership player.

Collingwood had hoped to package together Wellingham and Chris Dawes to Melbourne for the Demons' pick four, which the Pies wanted to use in a trade for West Australian Jesse Hogan, 17.

The Magpies could also have used pick four in a trade to Gold Coast for Josh Caddy, whose uncle is in senior management at Collingwood. While there were suggestions last night that Collingwood would try to trade its first-round pick and the one from West Coast to the Suns for Caddy, it is unlikely to pursue that option.

Talks over Caddy are understood to be well advanced between Gold Coast and Geelong. The Cats are resisting the Suns' push for both the banked Gary Ablett compensation pick and the Cats' first-round draft pick.

Dawes, who is contracted to Collingwood for two more years, is making up his mind whether to pursue offers from Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs.

Carlton is also understood to have some interest in Dawes. Given the coaching change there, this would make for an interesting trade discussion. The Blues are understood to need to trade players out if they are to bring players in.

Meanwhile, Fremantle is interested in finding support for its ageing key-position stocks, with the Dockers interested in Mitch Brown from Geelong and out-of-contract Kangaroo Lachlan Hansen.

Greater Western Sydney is also understood to be interested in Hansen, whom the Giants could sign up until October 19 as an uncontracted player (for draft compensation) - or through the pre-season draft for no compensation to the Roos.

The Dockers are, likewise, interested in the player who went one place ahead of Hansen at pick two in the 2006 draft, Bomber Scott Gumbleton.

Melbourne is interested in Port Adelaide inside-midfielder Matt Thomas, with its own inside-midfielder Brent Moloney seeking a move as a free agent. The Brisbane Lions are understood to be interested.

St Kilda and Eagles remain in a stand-off over Jamie Cripps and West Coast's Mitch Brown with the Eagles insisting they will not deal on the contracted key defender who has asked to be traded to the Saints.

St Kilda has said Brown is the only deal they are prepared to negotiate for Cripps and if a deal cannot be done they will let Cripps go into the national draft for no compensation.

The Eagles liken Cripps' situation to that of their out-of-contract midfielder Koby Stevens, who has asked for a trade back to Victoria. The Saints are one of three clubs interested in Stevens, but do not want to deal on him as part of the Cripps move. Essendon and the Western Bulldogs are also interested in Stevens, considering a late second- or third-round pick for him.

The Saints are trying to negotiate a deal for Gold Coast ruck Tom Hickey, with another young Sun ruck, Tom Nicholls, also possibly on the move.

Adelaide is pursuing a replacement for Kurt Tippett - despite that deal for a move to Sydney still not advancing yesterday - with a three-year offer understood to be in place for the Giants' Jonathan Giles.

Carlton has re-signed Brock McLean and Tom Bell.

43 comments

  • Bad move...Wellingham is a pretty good player so they should have kept him even if ir meant a better financial deal for him

    Commenter
    cynic
    Date and time
    October 10, 2012, 6:32AM
    • The money they save will go part way to paying for Cloke.
      This is what happens when you put one player (Cloke) ahead of the team.
      Congratulations to the saints for not matching the Dons over Goddard.

      Commenter
      Corbachov
      Date and time
      October 10, 2012, 8:03AM
    • he is or was our 9th midfielder with younger players pushing up ugle ,mooney,williams ,elliot seedsman,sinclair fasolo ,the pies problem is no tagger .to think could have got tuck for zippity do da last year , if we cannot recruit a tagger (mackenzie ) we will need to develop one
      johno brown keefe
      obrien reid maxwell
      shaw ball thomas
      didak lynch krak
      mooney cloke blair
      jolly mckenzie pendelbury
      beams swan sidebottom toovey
      emerg blair elliot seedsman martin ugle fasolo
      trade dawes to melbourne + pick for martin ,mckenzie and pick

      Commenter
      open thy eyes
      Date and time
      October 10, 2012, 12:46PM
    • I'm surprised Eddie isn't declaring War on the West? What a steal! I cannot believe they got stiffed that badly

      Commenter
      Johnson
      Location
      syd
      Date and time
      October 10, 2012, 1:12PM
  • This is a disgusting circus -so much for Eddie playing hard ball

    I wrote to the AFL a very long time ago advising MNr Demo that players would eventually want to head back home and the whole thing was a sham-This whole process makes a mockery of the devotion, passion supporters give to their team, their players andit is just heading down the mocked path of International Soccer.
    So much for the preaching about loyalty commitment life time support.
    No wonder the crowds were down last year even the Collingwood faithful

    Commenter
    SAM
    Location
    VICTORIA
    Date and time
    October 10, 2012, 6:47AM
    • SAM, fl is now a business and for the players this is their job. Would you turn down a massive pay rise (up to 200 or 300K per year) to move to another company in your line of work? I certainly would. Also clubs are not loyal to players anymore, so why should players remain loyal to clubs? As soon as a player is past their best they are delisted or moved on.

      Commenter
      fed up teacher
      Date and time
      October 10, 2012, 9:46AM
    • Genghis, l don't think Sam is criticizing the players for furthering their earning capacity, but rather the system that facilitates this and makes it possible. It is fair to say that the days of kids whacking their favourite players number on their jumper is limited, or at least should be done with velcro for easy removal.

      Commenter
      Bubba Zanetti
      Date and time
      October 10, 2012, 11:00AM
    • Sam you have intelligently summed up this whole shamozzle with sound and considered thought. The problem is that you only wrote one letter. Demetriou, Gill and the Boy Lawyer clearly need further reminders that the AFL is turning into a player movement circus. Any decent bloke should remain 100% loyal to the club who plucked his number from a draft. To move about for money and/or opportunity tears at the fabric of what AFL recruiters and list managers are all about. Clubs never seek to delist, trade or poach players; the players should in turn devote their limited career to them as a sign of respect. Take out your pen and god paper sir and let the AFL know once again that this is truly a disgrace.

      Commenter
      Terry
      Location
      Mooroopna
      Date and time
      October 10, 2012, 12:26PM
  • Wellingham probably can't wait to get out of Melbourne after the verbal and physical threats he received from Carlton supporters for months, thanks for your efforts, good luck mate

    Commenter
    genghis
    Location
    Lounge
    Date and time
    October 10, 2012, 7:15AM
    • I love seeing a Carlton player go down. Welcome Wellingham.

      Commenter
      West Coaster
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 10, 2012, 8:02AM

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