ST KILDA will make a bid for Gold Coast’s Josh Caddy and West Coast defender Mitch Brown in an effort to turn loss into gain.
With star free agent Brendon Goddard quitting the club for Essendon and promising youngster Jamie Cripps seeking a trade to West Coast, the Saints have identified Brown and Caddy as the players they want.
The moves came as new Carlton coach Mick Malthouse declared the Blues would be a bidder for Kurt Tippett if the Queenslander was prepared to consider a shift to a new club other than the Gold Coast. The Brisbane Lions said yesterday they were confident the former star Crow favoured a move to one of the Queensland clubs, but Malthouse said the Blues were interested.
‘‘If he wants to go to Melbourne, guess what? Carlton will put their hand up for him,’’ he said.
The Blues are close to signing Brock McLean to a two-year contract extension, which means they would need to lose other players to accommodate Tippett’s hefty price tag.
Sydney is also reportedly interested in Tippett.
The Saints were hoping to use the compensation pick — almost certain to be pick 13 — they will gain for the loss of Goddard in a deal with Gold Coast for Caddy.
Geelong, with a bankable compensation pick it received for Gary Ablett, is still regarded as the favourite to secure the homecoming Suns midfielder.
North Melbourne is also a bidder for Caddy, whose family lives in the nearby northern suburbs.
Brown is contracted to the Eagles and they have indicated no interest in negotiating on the defender, who struggled for opportunities this year with Darren Glass and Eric Mackenzie holding down the key defensive posts.
Having secured Goddard, Essendon is waiting on a decision from forward Angus Monfries, who is a restricted free agent, on whether he will accept a new two-year deal to remain at Windy Hill or accept a four-year offer that is believed to be on the table for him to join Port Adelaide.
The Bombers acknowledge that they will need players to leave to accommodate Goddard, with a number of players, including forward Scott Gumbleton, Leroy Jetta, David Hille, Alwyn Davey, Sam Lonergan, Brent Prismall and Ricky Dyson all still out of contract.
In a cat-and-mouse with Richmond, Port Adelaide is considering matching Richmond’s offer of a three-year deal with a conditional fourth year, for restricted free agent Troy Chaplin. The Power had 72hours from when the contract was tabled on Monday to decide whether to match the terms.
In the event that a club matches the contract terms of a rival club for a restricted free agent, that player has the choice to stay at his club or go in the national draft.
Most observers from rival clubs believe Port is unlikely to match Richmond’s offer given the Power is also pursuing Monfries, Jordan Russell and possibly others. Port is also weighing up whether to match Fremantle’s offer for former Rising Star winner Danyle Pearce, who has received a substantial offer to join the Dockers.
Gold Coast football manager Marcus Ashcroft said yesterday the club had received a large amount of interest in Caddy and was working out the best deal.
‘‘He played only two games in his first year but this year he played every game, and the development that our guys have put into him over two years is hard to measure,’’ he said.
‘‘How do you rate his potential? He might well go into a side next year and play up to All-Australian potential.
‘‘We need to add all those things up and make a calculated and considered judgment, and hopefully a deal is worked out.’’
Asked if Gold Coast would force Caddy into the draft if a suitable trade deal does not eventuate, Ashcroft said: ‘‘Potentially.’’
Carlton has secured former Collingwood player and Gold Coast assistant Shane O’Bree to fill the final assistant coaching vacancy to work under his former coach.
The Western Bulldogs have been in discussions with Greater Western Sydney about a possible deal to secure Jack Martin as one of the two 17-year-olds available in the mini-draft.