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Friday, September 3
Lipinksi to request trade to Victorian rival
The Herald Sun reports midfielder Patrick Lipinski has decided to leave the Western Bulldogs and will request a trade away from the club.
Lipinksi has played 56 games for the club but has fallen out of favour in the second half of 2021.
Carlton and Collingwood are the two clubs linked with the out-of-contract 23-year-old, though the Blues are also involved in the race for Fremantle’s Adam Cerra.
Crouch and Crows in contract stalemate
Star midfielder Matt Crouch is yet to re-sign at Adelaide, reportedly seeking longer than the two-year deal offered to him.
Crows coach Matthew Nicks said Crouch was seeking more security and the two parties still had a way to go.
“That’s what we’re working through at the moment with Matty and I totally understand where he’s coming from,” Nicks said on SEN SA .
“I’d be lying if I said it’s not taken a little longer- I’m a little concerned.
“I want Matty at the footy club, he wants to be at the footy club, our challenge now is to make that work.”
Thursday, September 2
Crows make pitch to Shaun Burgoyne
Retired great Shaun Burgoyne has been fielding offers for post-career roles around the competition, with Adelaide reportedly making a strong play for the 407-gamer.
“He’s in-demand at a lot of places… he’s got a lot to offer. It comes down to what Adelaide is prepared to put on the table,” journalist Michelangelo Rucci said on SEN .
“They’ve gone hard – they’ve gone very hard – even harder than Port Adelaide. I’m not sure how attractive the offer is.
“I can assure you Adelaide has gone very hard for Shaun Burgoyne.”
Hawks make offer to Lachie Schultz
As first reported in The Age in July, Fremantle forward Lachie Schultz is attracting interest from Hawthorn.
AFL.com.au on Thursday reports Schultz has a three-year free agency offer in front of him from the Hawks, while the Dockers are understood to be keen on re-signing him.
Originally from Victoria, Schultz, 23, enjoyed his best season to date in 2021, playing every game and kicking 22 goals.
Tom Lynch undecided on future
Delisted Crows veteran Tom Lynch is still weighing up whether to try to earn a new playing contract at another club or jump into coaching.
“If a really good coaching opportunity popped up and that was the pathway forward for me as opposed to a year somewhere, that would give me something to think about for sure,” Lynch said on SEN .
“A playing career might be the best option as well even if it is one year. We’ve got some decisions to make, me and my family, and we’ll see what plays out.”
Lynch, who will be 31 by the start of next season, averaged 22 disposals and a goal per game over the final six matches of 2021 after a toe injury sidelined him for the middle part of the year.
Wednesday, September 1
Lipinski and Wallis still unsigned
Bulldogs pair Patrick Lipinski and Mitch Wallis look like departing the club this off-season in search of more playing time.
The club’s footy manager Chris Grant discussed their situation on SEN .
“Both those boys, we’re really keen to retain and they’ve been offered contracts and have had those for the majority of the year,” Grant said.
“We totally understand that they want to get a bit of a feel for where they fit in the scheme of things with us.
“It’s always frustrating… when you’re not getting many looks in, but they’ve dealt with it well.”
Tuesday, August 31
Swans star Luke Parker linked to two AFL clubs
Sydney and Luke Parker remain a huge distance apart in contract negotiations as other AFL clubs start to show interest.
The Swans have offered Parker a two-year deal at $500,000, with the midfielder wanting a four-year contract at $700,000 per season.
Gold Coast Suns have shown interest in the 28-year-old, while there has been rumours that St Kilda are keen also.
It’s understood the Suns would be unlikely to be able to afford Parker’s demands, while the Saints would likely have to shed the salaries of players such as Jack Billings and Seb Ross to be able to make a play.
Monday, August 30
St Kilda onballer’s future still undecided
Two-time St Kilda best-and-fairest winner Seb Ross could be playing football elsewhere in 2022 with the midfielder yet to sign a new deal at Moorabbin.
The 28-year-old unrestricted free agent is currently uncontracted for 2022 but has been offered a two-year deal by the Saints with triggers for a third season.
Ross is believed be exploring his options on the market before deciding on whether to recommit to St Kilda.
The midfielder has played 160 games for the Saints since making his debut in 2012, winning the club’s best-and-fairest award in 2017 and 2019.
Sunday, August 29
Bulldogs midfielder could be on the move
Western Bulldogs could lose midfielder Patrick Lipinski, who could be on the move despite a new contract waiting for him at Whitten Oval.
The 23-year-old hasn’t played for the senior team since round 20 and hasn’t been picked as an emergency for Sunday’s elimination final against Essendon.
Carlton and Collingwood have both shown interest in the out-of-contract midfielder, who has only played 11 games this season.
Despite Lipinski being on the fringe of the team, the Bulldogs have tabled a three-year deal for the no.28 pick in the 2016 AFL draft.
In his last VFL match, Lipinski had 36 possessions and kicked three goals.
Friday, August 27
Magpies interested in Demons forward Weideman
Collingwood is looking at out-of-favour Melbourne forward Sam Weideman in a bid to improve their tall forward stocks.
The 24-year-old has lost his place in the Demons team to star recruit Ben Brown and has only managed five games for the minor premiers this season.
Magpies football boss Graham Wright admitted they were considering making a play for Weideman, who’s contract expires at the end of this campaign.
“He’s an out-of-contract player…you’re interested in anyone who’s out of contract that can help your football club,” Wright told Sportsday .
“He’s a talented young forward.
“At the moment, he’s probably behind two or three that are performing well in a team at the top of the ladder.”
Weideman has struggled for consistency at the Demons since being selected with pick nine in the 2015 draft.
He has also reportedly attracted interest from Gold Coast and North Melbourne.
‘No signs’ of Brayden Maynard leaving Collingwood – Wright
Star defender Brayden Maynard will not be leaving Collingwood, according to the club’s football boss Graham Wright.
The 24-year-old was linked with a shock move away from the Lexus Centre after it was reported he would not be signing a new contract until a new coach was appointed at the Magpies.
However, Wright dismissed speculation of Maynard’s possible departure, with the hard-nosed half-back flanker linked with a move back to his native South Australia with Adelaide.
“Brayden and his management have shown no signs of him wanting to go anywhere,” Wright told Sportsday .
“I spoke to his manager a couple of days ago and there’s no sign of that.
“From our perspective, I think he’s really entrenched at the club, he’s a leader of the club, he’s contracted.
“You’ll always hear speculation about certain players along the way, and sometimes where there’s smoke there’s fire, but I don’t think there is in this case.”
Wednesday, August 25
Swans cap squeeze leaving Luke Parker’s future in doubt
Sydney’s salary cap situation is leaving several players without a deal next year as the club attempts to juggle their books.
Luke Parker, Jordan Dawson, George Hewett, Sam Reid and Dylan Stephens are among those unsigned beyond this season.
Parker and Dawson are the priorities, but Sam Edmund reports it’s not a completely straightforward situation.
“He can leave of his choosing. They’re chasing a longer term deal, I’m told at around or above $700,000 a season,” Edmund said on SEN .
“Other clubs have been approached to see if they are willing to part with the money to secure Luke Parker, either as leverage or as a genuine move.”
Luke Dunstan set to leave Saints
Resurgent midfielder Luke Dunstan has reportedly not done enough to win a new contract for next season at St Kilda.
SEN reports the 26-year-old will depart Moorabbin at the end of the season as a delisted free agent.
Dunstan is originally from South Australia and was drafted with pick 18 in 2013 from Woodville-West Torrens.
Freo delist four players
Dockers quarter Brett Bewley, Taylin Duman, Stefan Giro and Tobe Watson have been informed they won’t be offered contracts for next season.
Former 22nd pick Watson is perhaps the most surprising, having featured 11 times at AFL level this season.
“This is always a really difficult time of the year to have to make these decisions,” Bell said.
“They are players of great character, and it will be sad to see them leave the club.”
Tuesday, August 24
Adam Cerra wants out
Emerging Dockers midfielder confirmed the news his club had been fearing – he wishes to be traded to Victoria for family reasons.
The former number five pick has been courting interest from Carlton for much of the season and the Blues are considered as his likely destination.
Carlton currently holds the sixth pick in the draft, though it’s unclear at this stage what Freo’s asking price for the 21-year-old will be.
Swans non-committal on George Hewett
Sydney CEO Tom Harley denied off-contract midfielder George Hewett was out the door, but conceded neither side was making a commitment just yet.
“He hasn’t signed and he hasn’t committed to the Swans and the Swans (haven’t committed) to George to be honest beyond this year,” Harley told SEN .
“As far as anything being done, that would be news to me.
“We’ve got a list that is a good one, particularly with players 25-26 and under, but like all things, and particularly with free agency you have to respect that there’s a process that plays out.
“We’ll continue to negotiate with a number of players out of contract to give ourselves the best chance of having a strong list in 2022.”
Scott Pendlebury clears the air over trade comments
Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury got tongues wagging when he seemed to suggest he’d consider an offer from another club if it helped further his coaching aspirations.
Pendlebury has however since taken to social media to clarify his comments, reaffirming his wish to remain at the Pies.
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Sorry for any confusion. Just to clear it up- I want to be a one club player and finish at my playing career at Collingwood. I’m open to coaching at another club AFTER My playing days. Collingwood Fam- I’m not going anywhere
— Scott Pendlebury (@SP_10) August 24, 2021