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St Kilda's turn to go shopping


Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall

Josh Caddy.

Josh Caddy. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

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.


  • I think for the saints to remain fiscal viable and compedative, they need to look at players in the VFL,SANFL etc. mature bodies aged around 24 upwards. Players who may have thought their time has passed but battle hardened and given the opportunity, would develop into vital cogs in the machine. The millions Goddard was offered were way over the odds and the Saints should be glad to have that money to invest in player(s) not just one . If I was a bomber fan I'd be pretty worried especially at$2.9 million over 4 years.

    Date and time
    October 03, 2012, 10:14AM
    • Not so sure. I think they need to prepare for life without Reiwoldt, Hayes, and Milne, with the latter two probably into their last season. They already have Stanley, Armitage and Saad with similar skills who just need an uninterrupted year. What St Kilda needs are players who will hold their own in about 3 years time - such as high draft picks.

      But yes, Goddard is no big loss anymore - he will probably do well in 2013 but after that fall flat and be competing with Cloke for most overpaid player.

      Date and time
      October 03, 2012, 2:39PM
  • Angus Monfries: remain at Windy Hill or join Port Adelaide. Is this honestly a choice? Who in their right mind would want to join Port? If he's keen on the trade, Essendon are better seeing the back of him, because he's clearly not sound of mind.

    Date and time
    October 03, 2012, 10:20AM
    • Did you not read the article? Essendon have offered him a 2 year deal while Port have offered 4. Safe to say the Port offer will be more per year too, so the Port offer is over double what he has been offered by the Bombers. Given that his career could be over at any minute (just like all players), don't you think he should at least consider the deal?

      Date and time
      October 03, 2012, 11:55AM
    • Why? The supporters don't respect Monfries. Why play for a club that doesn't really want you there? He is a good player in my opinion but just like Stanton and others, Monfries is a regular target for Essendon supporters vitroil.

      Just saying'
      Date and time
      October 03, 2012, 12:43PM
  • I seriously hope Port Adelaide comes out the other side of this with gains not just losses. If Paul Roos (who doesn't have agendas) and Eddie Everywhere are fearful that this is going to disadvantage struggling clubs then what is the AFL thinking? The players like the idea of
    having more of a say to where they go which is to be expected but what about the big picture?
    I can't honestly see how this is going to help financially strapped clubs who are usually languishing at the bottom of the ladder. Rather depressing for them and their supporters I would think. Then again perhaps they like the AFL (it would appear) live in fantasyland & believe they wll live happily ever after!

    Date and time
    October 03, 2012, 10:48AM
    • I agree with Paul Roos and Eddie McGuire (witch for eddie is a first).I am starting to know why it is called free agency.Just say with Essendon they get Goddard they get him for nothing they dont give st kilda anything Know draft picks nothing The afl will give st.kilda what they think he is worth.Another draft pick.Look at the draft order now.THose draft picks will drop thurther down the picking order.

      Now i understand what free agency is all about.

      Essendon gets goddard Essendon gives st kilda NOTHING AT to get this player cost nothing wow.This is wrong lol.

      As Paul Roos Said Teams at the bottom are going to louse there good players for nothing.

      Date and time
      October 03, 2012, 11:32AM
  • Geelong have Caddy... unfortuently it seems as if we our giving our priority pick we got from giving up Gaz back to the Suns

    Date and time
    October 03, 2012, 10:54AM
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