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Pedersen trade deal to Dees delayed

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Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik

Cameron Pedersen.

Cameron Pedersen. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

TRADE deals sending Cameron Pedersen to Melbourne and Ben Jacobs to North Melbourne may be held up briefly, as the Demons look to secure a second- round draft pick in the final week of negotiations.

Melbourne had planned to use the compensation pick it received for departing free agents Jared Rivers and Brent Moloney on the versatile Pedersen, who seems certain to leave North.

The Demons, who brought in Shannon Byrnes as an unrestricted free agent from Geelong rather than wait for the pre-season draft, were unsatisfied with receiving just pick 49 as compensation for its players.

Cameron Pedersen.

Cameron Pedersen. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

North may accept 49 for former rookie Pedersen but the club is likely to wait and see if Melbourne can wrangle an earlier choice, given it must also deal with Port Adelaide for second-year onballer Jacobs.

A pick in the 30s would certainly get the deal done, with North happy to trade the versatile Pedersen despite the fact he is contracted for another year.

Melbourne may be able to move another player out for an appropriate choice - Stefan Martin has drawn some interest - in what would effectively become a three-club deal.

North currently holds picks 38 and 39, at least one of which it will need to tie into a deal for onballer Jacobs, who has nominated the Roos as his club of choice.

Meanwhile, the Western Bulldogs and West Coast should soon reach a deal for another young midfielder, Koby Stevens, who has expressed his desire to move to the Whitten Oval. The Eagles will request pick 44 for the 21-year-old, but the Bulldogs are only willing to offer 51. This would allow them to use picks 5, 6, 22 and 44 in the national draft, with pick 50 already committed to father-son recruit Lachie Hunter.

The Bulldogs felt short-changed last year after dealing forward Josh Hill to the Eagles for pick 49. Hill was 22 and had played 66 games at the time, compared with the 11 Stevens has compiled since being drafted at No. 22 in the 2009 draft. Hill played 22 games for the Eagles this year, kicking 36 goals in the most productive of his six seasons.

The Hawks remain mystified to have received only a third-round selection (66) for unrestricted free agent Clinton Young and will seek further clarification from the AFL tomorrow.

They are also examining what options, if any, are open to them.

The Hawks maintain premiership wingman Young, who has joined Collingwood, would last no longer than pick 30 in the national draft. The AFL has told the Hawks the ruling ''is what it is''.

Clubs were originally told free-agency compensation would not match what a player was worth on the open market, and that it would be based on their new contract and age.

Clubs are set to provide feedback to the AFL calling for a better way to understand what compensation they would receive if an unrestricted free agent was to leave. There is also a growing feeling among some clubs the free-agency period is too long and could be cut to a fortnight.

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