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Tigers show interest in Carlton ruckman

Tall target: Shaun Hampson.

Tall target: Shaun Hampson. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Richmond is interested in recruiting Carlton forward/ruckman Shaun Hampson, who will meet the Tigers soon.

Richmond has confirmed an interest in Hampson, whom the Tigers can see fitting a specific need for a forward who can also play in the ruck.

Greater Western Sydney also has some interest in Hampson, who was unable to cement a regular position in Carlton's best 22 this year under Mick Malthouse, playing only six games, partly because of injury problems, but also because he had slipped to No.3 behind Matthew Kreuzer and Robbie Warnock among the Blues' big men.

The Tigers said on Tuesday evening that they would complete their ''due diligence'' on Hampson in the coming days as the AFL trade period begins. They want to do a medical on the 201-centimetre Hampson, who has had knee problems the past two seasons. GWS and Richmond have informed the Blues of their interest in Hampson.

Richmond has a tight salary cap, having just re-signed midfielder Dustin Martin.

Hampson is contracted for 2014 and while the Blues are willing to let him go, there would need to be what they consider fair compensation.

Hampson's release is expected to be followed by that of small forward Eddie Betts, who is favoured to join the Crows on a lucrative four-year deal.

The departure of Betts and Hampson would go a long way towards accommodating the anticipated salary of Collingwood star Dale Thomas.

16 comments so far

  • Hampton for Grigg ?

    Commenter
    bert
    Date and time
    October 02, 2013, 8:27AM
    • I'd take that. 1 tall that can't kick for 1 squib that can't tackle.

      Commenter
      Harvs
      Date and time
      October 02, 2013, 9:10AM
    • No thank you.

      Commenter
      not again
      Date and time
      October 02, 2013, 9:28AM
    • Just because Carlton gave him up for nothing doesn't mean they'll get him back on the cheap. Grigg was really good this year in defensive roles and still wins plenty of ball and can kick goals. Richmond's forward line with Vickery, Riewoldt, and Hampson taking the 3rd defender would be really threatening. Hampson's kicking is a concern but he'd mainly be there for structure and to free up Vickery to play permanent forward so it's manageable

      Commenter
      Mick
      Date and time
      October 02, 2013, 2:00PM
    • If he can't tackle why did he have the 4th most tackles at the club?

      Commenter
      The_Truth_
      Date and time
      October 02, 2013, 3:26PM
  • Here we go again with Tiger Trade time....Matt White leaves because he can't get a regular game, now were looking at Hampson with a dodgy knee good one! How about finding mobile big backmen, another big body mid to replace Tuck and a goal kicking small fwd. Instead of paying the AFL's biggest sook Riewoldt $700k a year they may have offered Martin a slice of that in the first place to keep him happy @ Tigerland instead of having to go through a long protracted negotiation which was sloppy and messy. With Richmonds long history at overlooking talent @ Trade time I can only hope as a long time suffering supporter that we look to filling the gaps where needed. And finally if you're not going to play the likes of Griffiths, Helbig, Derickx, Elton, Arnot, O'Hanlon, move them on!! And give the likes of McBean, Darrou, McDonough, Williams and Verrier a go.

    Commenter
    Brendon Schurmann
    Location
    Romsey
    Date and time
    October 02, 2013, 9:27AM
    • Matt White would have sensed the young kids coming through to take his place, and I'm sorry to see him go, but don't hold it against him at all..

      Dusty isn't WORTH more than what he has signed for, he's good, not consistent enough yet to earn an 'elite' salary.. That contract negotiation was made sloppy by his manager, who, funnily enough, also managed Travis Cloke's resigning last year (Was probably messier than Dusty's..)

      Did you not pay attention to last year’s trades?? Troy Chaplin came in as a big bodied defender that we needed, Chris Knights and Aaron Edwards both got picked up as extra forwards, all came in and played solid footy for us..

      Griffiths has been in and out of injury and form, Helbig has probably been a bit stiff (who do you drop?), Arnot was in our best 22 until he injured his back which put him out for the season (around round 14 I think, should just about come in to replace Tuck), Elton played a couple, as did O'Hanlon I think..

      Those young kids have to earn their spot, they can't play average football at Coburg and expect to get a game at AFL, and even then, they have to play solid footy, over a few weeks WHILE one of our best 22 is down on form..

      I'm a life-long Tiger (27 years) that hasn’t seen any Richmond success yet, but in the last say 3-4 years, we have really got our trading and drafting down pat.. (Yes we still make mistakes, but so does every team.. =/)

      Over the last three years, we've been steadily building our way up the ladder, and this year, we finished above 9th, it’s only the beginning, though, watch this space over the next 3-5 years !!

      Commenter
      Token86
      Date and time
      October 02, 2013, 12:11PM
    • Elton played one game in 2012 against Crows and one this year. They have tried to make Griffiths a defender (Played once this year.) instead of recognizing he is a forward. The reason is that they went all in on Vickery some time ago. Vickery was injured last year but poor this year. Someone in his role needs to finish top 10 in B&F.

      The history of RFC developing talls is probably worst in the comp: Hughes, Shultz, Reiwoldt, Vickery, Griffiths, Astbury, Elton. Only Reiwoldt has delivered (so has Schulz at another club) which means either the club are very poor judges of talls or very poor at developing them.
      Elton is still young but Astbury (admittedly bad injuries) and Griffith have had 4 years. It is not hard to imagine that they would do better at other clubs -- which is a shame.

      McBean is apparently a jet and will leapfrog all the tall wannabees once he adds some kilos so time to move some of the stagnating talls on to other clubs and hope that they have good careers at clubs that know how to develop their skills.

      Commenter
      Super Model
      Date and time
      October 02, 2013, 3:39PM
  • Hampson goes with everyones blessing. As a ruckman he is adequate, as a fwd he cant kick to save his life.

    Commenter
    azzaman
    Date and time
    October 02, 2013, 9:35AM
    • Give Carlton Matt White, straight swap.

      Commenter
      pngtiger
      Date and time
      October 02, 2013, 9:55AM

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