Richmond add to their list, Crow’s shock request, new Essendon target: AFL trade news wrap – AFL News

The world of AFL trade news and player movement continues to spin and gain pace with each passing week.

Richmond added to their list over the week with the signing of a 208cm talent, while a shock trade request was lodged at West Lakes.

Essendon are said to be looking to bolster their ruck stocks, while the Dogs’ own tall timber is weighing up his future with a deal on the table.

Here’s all the latest that’s circling on the AFL trade news landscape…

Adelaide forward seeks shock move east

In a surprising outcome at West Lakes, medium-sized forward Shane McAdam is understood to be seeking a move to Victoria, with the Demons reportedly his preferred landing spot.

After being tabled a two-year offer by the Crows, the 28-year-old is preferring a longer contract and may get one elsewhere.

McAdam was left to play at SANFL level for a prolonged period this year, given the emergence of Josh Rachele and the addition of Izak Rankine.

STORY: Crows forward requests trade to Victorian club

Fringe Demons tipped to seek move

Melbourn backman Adam Tomlinson will again look toward options elsewhere despite being contracted for 2024 with the Demons.

Tomlinson was weighing up a move to a third club last year, given his place in the selection queue with Melbourne, with the past 12 months not changing course for the ex-Giant.

It is now expected that Tomlinson will seek a move away from the Demons this off-season, with clubs in need of key position depth likely to show some interest.

STORY: Contracted Demon reportedly expected to depart

Adam Tomlinson during Melbourne’s open training session at Gosch’s Paddock, Melbourne in 2022 (Photo by Cameron Grimes/Zero Digital Sports)

Geelong tall reportedly lodges trade request 

Twelve months after seeking a move to Alberton, which eventually failed to land, Cats defender Esava Ratugolea is understood to have officially lodged another request to land with the Power.

Unlike 2022, Ratugolea is off-contract and has the right to leave Kardinia Park, with a switch across to South Australia in his sights.

The move won’t come cheap for the Power, with the Cats likely to press for a decent package in return for their key-position talent.

READ: Sought-after Cat makes trade request

Front-runner for Suns’ top pick emerges

The Western Bulldogs are viewed as the club that could please the Suns more than any other bidder in the race for Gold Coast’s top draft selection of Pick 4.

The Suns’ opening pick is on the table as they look to acquire draft points to secure a trio of top-rated Academy prospects, with the Dogs, Tigers and Demons all said to be interested in advancing their place in the queue.

Home to Picks 10 and 17, the Bulldogs’ pair of first-round selections might be enough to secure a top four pick and aid their own draft plans.

READ: Dogs leading race for Suns pick

Richmond add to list with signing of basketball talent

The Tigers have added further height to their squad, with former basketballer Oliver Hayes-Brow earning a contract at Punt Road earlier this week.

The 23-year-old stands at a towering 208 centimetres, weighs in at 114 kilograms, and played for the NBL’s Perth Wildcats last year before plying his trade for the NBL1’s Keilor in 2023.

“I have always loved my footy, and I have got to an age now where I thought if I don’t switch now, I never will,” Hayes-Brown said.

“There is a great group of guys here, and just being a part of the Richmond Football Club is super amazing.”

READ: Tigers secure Category B signing with addition of 208cm prospect 

Latest on future of Blues forward, wingman

Carlton father-son forward Jack Silvagni is said to have his future sewn up at Princes Park, with a two-year contract on the table and reportedly agreed to.

Silvagni’s future has been a talking point for the Blues this season as the club placed priorities on re-signing the likes of Tom De Koning, Nic Newman and Sam Docherty.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 15: Jack Silvagni of the Blues handballs during the 2023 AFL Round 18 match between the Carlton Blues and the Port Adelaide Power at Marvel Stadium on July 15, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Further back in the pecking order, wingman Lochie O’Brien is expected to depart the club in a move that will help the former top 10 pick secure greater opportunities with a new side.

MORE: Blues forward negotiating new contract, wingman tipped to depart

In-demand ruckman has offer on the table

Western Bulldogs ruckman Jordon Sweet has a multi-year contract on the table to re-sign at the Kennel, however the South Australian is yet to put pen to paper as he gains external interest.

Sitting behind All-Australian Tim English at Whitten Oval, Sweet could secure a starting role elsewhere as the ruck market begins to gather momentum.

Port Adelaide have been flagged as a club that could pursue the VFL star.

STORY: Off-contract ruckman holding off signing new Dogs deal

Essendon linked with Roos veteran

The Bombers might be able to plug their ruck gap by reuniting Brad Scott with North Melbourne veteran Todd Goldstein.

A senior depth ruck option is likely to be of interest to Essendon, who bid farewell to Andrew Phillips to retirement this off-season.

Goldstein would be viewed as a player that can help guide emerging talent Nick Bryan and work as a supporting veteran for first-string tall Sam Draper.

MORE: Brad Scott reportedly ‘sounding out’ familiar face to join Dons

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 19: Kangaroos head coach Brad Scott (L) talks to Todd Goldstein of the Kangaroos (R) at Arden Street Ground on April 19, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Crows free agent weighing up Lions offer

Adelaide defender Tom Doedee is reportedly mulling a decent-sized deal from Brisbane that could see the Crows backman exercise his rights as a free agent and leave West Lakes.

Doedee, who is expected to miss the start of next season after suffering an ACL injury earlier this year, has been weighing up his future after a reported low-ball offer from the Crows.

Brisbane have been in the market to add to their backline after losing Marcus Adams to retirement amid an ongoing battle with concussion.

STORY: In-demand defender reportedly contemplating “big offer” from interstate rival

Interest in contracted Suns tall growing 

The manager of Gold Coast forward Mabior Chol has confirmed several sides are interested in his client.

Chol is set to reunite with his former Tigers coach Damien Hardwick in the off-season, while the key forward’s focus is currently set on the Suns’ VFL premiership push.

Once the VFL season comes to a close, Chol is set to test the open market desire being signed at Carrara for the next two seasons.

MORE: “A number of clubs” interested in contracted Gold Coast forward

Wingard secures future in brown and gold

Hawthorn have shown their faith in injured veteran Chad Wingard, who has signed a one-year extension despite facing an extended period on the sidelines.

Wingard suffered a serious Achilles injury late into the home and away season and is no guarantee of playing in 2024.

However, the Hawks have re-signed the former Port Adelaide spark, hoping he can return to the field next year and offer the same efforts he put forward prior to his setback.

READ: Injured Hawks veteran inks brown and gold extension

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 19: Chad Wingard of the Hawks in action during the round one AFL match between Hawthorn Hawks and Essendon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground, on March 19, 2023, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

Rejuvenated midfielder lands two-year extension

Adelaide midfielder Matt Crouch has re-signed with the Crows until the end of 2025 following a 12-month period of uncertainty.

Crouch was seemingly bound for the exit as his contract neared its end, only for a late-season showing and return to stardom to twist the fate of his future.

The Crows have now locked away the Ballarat junior for a further two years as rivals began to show interest.

STORY: Adelaide midfielder Matt Crouch lands multi-year deal

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