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Saints' Cripps wants to go home to Perth

Fremantle's Stephen Hill strides away from St Kilda's Jamie Cripps in April.

Fremantle's Stephen Hill strides away from St Kilda's Jamie Cripps in April. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

PROMISING young St Kilda player Jamie Cripps has told the club he wants to return to Perth in a trade to West Coast.

Cripps, who was St Kilda's first pick in the 2010 national draft, asked the club this week to trade him back home to the Eagles.

St Kilda was disappointed at the decision by the player, who was taken as a first-round selection (pick 24) but remained hopeful of being able to convince him to return to Seaford. Cripps is on holidays in Perth.

''Yes, Jamie's manager has indicated his interest in returning home, but we are still hopeful of being able to [get] him to stay,'' St Kilda list manager Chris Pelchen said.

The Eagles and Saints have spoken briefly but have not seriously discussed a trade.

The Saints' next moves are partly restricted by having to wait on a decision from Brendon Goddard on his plans for next year. Goddard appears likely to accept a four-year deal to join Essendon, an offer that St Kilda is unlikely to be able to match.

The Saints have previously expressed an interest in a key defender, having lost Zac Dawson last year, but the Eagles are unlikely to be prepared to part with Mitch Brown.

Eagles midfielder Koby Stevens, who has requested a trade home to Victoria, could be a player involved in a trade for Cripps, possibly as part of a three-way deal with another club if St Kilda is not interested in him being involved in a direct trade.

North Melbourne, Essendon, the Bulldogs, Geelong and St Kilda have all expressed varying degrees of interest in Stevens, who will come to Melbourne next week to speak with clubs.

Meanwhile, Eagles key forward and ruck Quinten Lynch is still considering approaches from clubs, including Melbourne and Carlton, with Collingwood also believed to have some interest.

The Magpies' tight cap has left them with little room to move unless they trade a player out after the re-signing of Travis Cloke. Tyson Goldsack has agreed to terms and will sign soon, while Andrew Krakouer will be offered a one-year deal.

Sharrod Wellingham has been offered a new deal by the Magpies, but he is also considering a three-year offer to move to Melbourne.

The Demons are understood to have again inquired about forward Chris Dawes, but he is contracted and not interested in a move.

Also, Levi Casboult is understood to be close to re-signing at Carlton after agreeing to terms.

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