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Saints hold out hope on late trade for Brown


Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall

Eagle Mitch Brown leaves the field injured.

Eagle Mitch Brown leaves the field injured. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

WHILE West Coast remains adamant it will not entertain a trade for Mitch Brown, St Kilda is still hopeful that a deal can be struck for the tall defender before today's trade deadline. The Saints have offered pick 25 and small forward midfielder Jamie Cripps for Brown, who is contracted to the Eagles for next year but has asked the club for a trade to the Saints.

St Kilda holds out hope a deal can be done if the Eagles can find a replacement back-up tall defender.

The Eagles are eager to secure Cripps, who is uncontracted and wants to play at West Coast, but the they have refused to tie Brown into a trade. St Kilda has thus far insisted it would be prepared to lose Cripps to the draft.

Brown's manager, Liam Pickering, said pick 25 and Cripps was a fair trade for his client and urged a deal to be done.

The Saints, meanwhile, have moved to secure a replacement for Cripps in negotiating a trade of a late pick for Sydney small forward Trent Dennis-Lane.

The Saints are seeking to load up with a fast forward line blending in quick recruits Tom Lee and Dennis-Lane to complement the pace of Rhys Stanley and Terry Milera.

Melbourne is still trying to find a pick to be able to trade to St Kilda for Farren Ray, who is still in contract and the Saints are happy to keep.

If Melbourne ruck-forward Stefan Martin were to be traded to Brisbane, the Demons would try to include that pick in a trade to St Kilda.

''I think that's fair,'' Pickering told the AFL Trade Radio. ''Now, West Coast don't think that's fair, so that's OK, but I would've thought Cripps and pick 25 for Mitch would probably be fair and reasonable.''

The Demons, meanwhile, have agreed to trade former No. 4 draft pick Cale Morton to West Coast for pick 88. Morton was still in contract at Melbourne and the Demons are prepared to absorb some of his contract for next year at the Eagles.

Amusingly, pick 88 appears to go full circle, passing through the hands of three clubs and ending up back at the Demons. Melbourne traded 88 to Port Adelaide yesterday for midfielder David Rodan. Port then passed 88 onto West Coast for Lewis Stevenson, and now the Eagles are likely to move 88 back to the Demons for Morton.

Melbourne is likely to finally complete a deal today for key position player Cameron Pedersen from North Melbourne, in an exchange for midfielder Jordan Gysberts. North had been trying to tie the exchange of Pedersen into a trade for Ben Jacobs from Port but Melbourne has no player or draft pick that could be passed on to Port that would satisfy the Power.

Richmond will today finalise a trade for North forward Aaron Edwards with the two clubs all but agreed on a trade that will be for a late pick - probably Richmond's pick No. 74.

In other deals, Carlton defender Jordan Russell was traded to Collingwood in exchange for the draft pick (71) the Magpies had received from the Western Bulldogs for former NSW scholarship player Tom Young.

Swans player Campbell Heath will move to Port Adelaide for a late draft pick, while Gold Coast secured Fremantle defender Greg Broughton.

The Tigers view the recruitment of Edwards as an ideal back-up to support forwards Jack Riewoldt and Tyrone Vickery.

Edwards has been squeezed for a spot at North, which has shown a preference for playing Robbie Tarrant and Lachie Hansen alongside their premier tall forward Drew Petrie, and they also have young forward Aaron Black on the list.

The Tigers opened up a spot on their list, and some money, by trading ruckman Angus Graham to Adelaide, receiving pick 40 for Graham and their own pick No. 50.


  • If Liam Pickering thinks that West Coast should trade Mitch Brown to St Kilda, why then did he negotiate the contract for Brown last time to keep him at the Eagles? You can't have it both ways Mr Pickering.

    Date and time
    October 26, 2012, 8:19AM
    • What the Saints have offered is more than fair - Eagles need to wake up to themselves and just do the deal. Cripp's needs to have a hard look at himself too, he put his name in the draft in the first place and the Saints have been good to him and put 2 years into into his footy education. If Eagles refuse to deal then he should do the right thing and agree to 1 more year with the Saints then do the deal with the Eagles once Brown is out of contract next year. Walking out would be a low act on Cripp's behalf!!

      Gordo from Gisborne
      Date and time
      October 26, 2012, 9:21AM
      • Completely agree. What is ridiculous is that there is a fair deal for all parties on the table that Vosso seemingly does not want a stick of. If the deal does not go through then both clubs potentially have players on their list that don't want to be there (unless of course Cripps goes into the draft and end up god knows where). Pick 25 and a first round draft player with 2 years of development seems pretty fair for a guy that can't break into the WC side.

        Date and time
        October 26, 2012, 11:05AM
      • So judgemental! So West Coast should just accept this exchange because it is a 'fair deal'? Is Jamie Cripps going to step in as a defender when Darren Glass injures himself (& being older his body is not going to recover quickly)? No he is not a defender. WC are managing their whole team list dilligently. They have groomed Brown as a defender to take over when Glassy retires (or breaks himself!) which is just around the corner.
        Saint Kilda have stuck to their offer because it suits them. Well guess what? West Coast have refused the offer because it does not suit them. Where does it say they have to accept this because it is a 'fair exchange' even though it makes a whole in another area of the team building.
        Cripps is left with no option but to go into the draft in the hope of being picked up by WC but
        could in fact be picked up by the Dockers!
        Engage your brain and look at this without bias. Saint Kilda should have come up with another offer.

        Date and time
        October 26, 2012, 11:25AM
      • I don't deny that WC are in a better trading position than St Kilda as Brown is contracted and no doubt they want to retain him on their list in case one of their key defenders goes down next year, especially since they consider themselves a premiership chance and don't want it to come down to a lack of depth in the backfield. Couple that with the fact that everyone knows St Kilda has been in dire need of a tall defender since Zac Dawson left and it's clear that WC have all the cards. HOWEVER, Brown doesn't want to be there, he doesn't want to be a replacement player and wants more than 5-10 games next year. Considering this there is a strong chance he will walk out on WC after his contract is up next year (considering he will have to sheepishly play for WC next year while his team mates know he wants out). West Coast have the opportunities to get a fast-tracked mid/forward plus a good draft pick while he still has the currency. Sure WC don't need to trade him, which is why they are in a better position and why St Kilda has offered more than what he is actually worth to get him. Trade him while he has currency - he gets to actually play next year, Cripps goes home and you guys get a decent draft pick. Win win I think.

        Also, it's pretty clear where you're allegiance lies so please don't call for approaching the issue 'without bias' and to 'use my brian'. That is just insulting and hypocritical.

        Date and time
        October 26, 2012, 12:12PM
    • Not to sure why West Coast are being so pig headed. Get it done.

      Paddys Pub
      Date and time
      October 26, 2012, 11:20AM
      • Why do you say the Eagels are being pigheaded? They have a VALID CONTRACT with Brown who was happy to sign that contract with full knowledge of the 'pecking order' in place at the time.
        Following your logic and that of others complaining, any player who was not selected in his teams best 22 in the last round of a season should be allowed to ask for a trade.

        Date and time
        October 26, 2012, 1:06PM
    • I think the Eagles are being very selfish in terms of Brown. He hardly gets a game and will only do so when others retire possibly at the end of the next season. That's when his contract expires so he probably won't stay anyway. Brown wants to return to Melbourne and Cripps to Perth. The Eagles should do the deal and give both players the opportunity to play where they want.

      Date and time
      October 26, 2012, 11:22AM
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