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Port, Collingwood vie for Young's attention

Clinton Young.

Clinton Young. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

PORT Adelaide has joined Collingwood in the contest for Hawthorn's Clinton Young.

Port has an interest in Young, who, as an unrestricted free agent, can walk to the club of his choice if he decides to leave the Hawks, who are optimistic of retaining the long-kicking left-footer, having upgraded their initial offer.

Collingwood, the other known suitor, has opened up some salary-cap room by losing Sharrod Wellingham to West Coast and might yet lose Chris Dawes for a further saving, though the Pies have consumed some of that money by signing their own free agent in forward Quinten Lynch.

Port has already gained Angus Monfries from Essendon via a trade, when it could have acquired him as a free agent, because the Power did not want to jeopardise the draft compensation it would receive for losing Danyle Pearce and Troy Chaplin on substantial contracts. The AFL will give it two selections for those players, with rival clubs speculating they will either be in the second round or at the end of the first round. But if Port recruited Young as a free agent, it would reduce what the club received for Pearce and Chaplin.

Gold Coast has spoken to Tom Murphy, an unrestricted agent at Hawthorn given that, like Young, his salary is not in the Hawks' top 25 per cent. The Suns are on the lookout for a senior defender to help support their young group.

Sydney and Adelaide say they are making progress in their negotiations over the prospective trading of Kurt Tippett to the Swans.

Adelaide list manager David Noble, who met yesterday with Sydney's head of recruiting, Kinnear Beatson, said of the discussions: ''Progression's been good. There's been some positive discussions. It's advanced and moving forward.''

Tippett's management has confirmed there is ''an understanding'' between he and the Crows that he would be traded to the club of his choice at season's end if he wished. But the Crows have made plain that they will not be trading him for a second-round pick, as per the reported agreement struck with Tippett when he signed a deal in 2009. Sydney's first pick is No. 22.

The Crows met with Greater Western Sydney ruckman Jonathan Giles over the past week and have an interest in acquiring him, though they say any Giles trade - and he is yet to say he wants to leave GWS to return to his home state - would be separate from the Tippett talks.

Sydney football operations chief Dean Moore said that premiership pair Mike Pyke and Craig Bird were on the brink of signing new deals with the club.

Ben Jacobs has formally requested a trade from Port Adelaide back to Victoria and has attracted some interest, though without a concrete offer, from St Kilda, North Melbourne and Essendon.

The Power ruled out recruiting Carlton defender Jordan Russell as a free agent yesterday.

Adelaide has upgraded 28-year-old rookie Ian Callinan to its senior list on a one-year contract extension. Callinan could have walked to another club as a free agent had the club not offered him a senior spot.

15 comments so far

  • Collingwood or Port..the frying pan or the fire.

    You are part of the Hawthorn family Youngie...stay at the family club. There is more to life than just money.

    Captain Grumpy
    Date and time
    October 12, 2012, 7:24AM
    • Stick with us Youngie!
      Good luck to you TM, you are a great man!

      Date and time
      October 12, 2012, 7:52AM
    • Is Young the bloke that just cost you the flag - you can keep him

      Date and time
      October 12, 2012, 7:54AM
    • He may get a game with the Mayblooms, Pies or Port, but he's not hard enough to get a game with the Premiers...

      In the Blood
      Lake Oval
      Date and time
      October 12, 2012, 10:43AM
    • and Sydney supporters reckon Hawthorn supporters are arrogant....

      No wonder you are being disliked
      Date and time
      October 12, 2012, 11:29AM
  • If Sydney are offering what is effectively a 2nd round draft pick and a player they don't want for Tippett, the Crows should bite the bullet and let him take his the draft. Much fuss was made about Port refusing to accept rubbish from Collingwood for Nick Stevens and getting nothing, but they subsequently won a premiership haven't been screwed over since. Pretty solid investment really.

    Date and time
    October 12, 2012, 8:22AM
    • Also they can get him to Sydney and put the Swans even further in front of hte crows for finals/premiersehips in the next 2-3 years while gaining some 'long term' benefits or let him walk to Gold Coast who are no challenge in the finals race probably for another couple of seasons.

      Date and time
      October 12, 2012, 9:53AM
    • whatever RP.... Port Adelaide wanted Didak as a straight swap for Stevens, and we all know who's had the longer and better career! Collingwood just wasnt stupid enough to cave in to Port Adelaides ridiculous demands

      Date and time
      October 12, 2012, 12:18PM
  • Gaz, Clinton didn't cost the Hawks the flag. The Hawks cost the Hawks a flag. I find it disgusting that people try to single out one person and try to blame them. I somehow doubt that Clarko came up to him after the game and said "Thanks mate, you cost us the flag" any more than he would have gone to Buddy, Roughy or Hale for missing goals. I have no doubt that all the boys would have been shattered for letting it slip, but to single out one player is not right.

    Date and time
    October 12, 2012, 9:36AM
    • You're 100% right Melly...Young was under huge pressure in that situation (it happened about 20m in front of me)...I cant believe no one has singled out Hodge for his weak attempt at tackling Mitch Morton when he snapped his first goal, he just stuck out one arm and let Morton run past him, Hodge is a great player but he hasn't copped the same flak as Young because it was at the start of the 2nd qtr

      Date and time
      October 12, 2012, 10:12AM

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