Swans “loom large” after pitching lifestyle move to Grundy

Melbourne’s Brodie Grundy is a very good chance to land at Sydney this trade period, according to SEN’s Sam Edmund.

Grundy, who is outside of Melbourne’s best 22 ahead of their Friday night Semi Final against Carlton, appears destined to request a trade just one year on from being forced out of Collingwood.

The two-time All-Australian ruckman has already met with Port Adelaide and Edmund says Sydney have also made a pitch to the 29-year-old.

Referencing an article in the Herald Sun, Edmund gave further details on the differences between the two pitches that Grundy has heard.

“He is now a very, very good chance to land at Sydney in this year’s trade period,” Edmund said on SEN Whateley.

“This was touched on in today’s Herald Sun, the two drastically different sales pitches from Port Adelaide and Sydney to convince Grundy to join them. This story is absolutely spot on.

“Port’s presentation, which we spoke about was highlighted by the attendance of the coach Ken Hinkley, the young stars – Connor Rozee and Zak Butters was very much football-focused.

“This was all about, these are my words, ‘The king returning home, the love and respect, the favourite son coming back (to South Australia), a popular player, life in the limelight, all the things you want you will get here’.

“Sydney’s sell was very, very different. It was all about lifestyle.

“The work-life balance, the relative anonymity, ‘You being you, the business opportunities that you will get that we’ve given to so many of our Sydney players, the networking opportunities, life after football, what your partner will be able to do’.

“That’s what sits in front of Brodie Grundy who has now endured two miserable years.

“He injury-plagued and forced out of Collingwood last year and he’s in the wilderness this year with the Demons.

“All in a footy mad city like Melbourne where he’s been the focus of every talkback radio station like ours, every newspaper column, every internet article.”

SEN’s Tom Morris has reported that the Power are now out of the race to secure Grundy, and Edmund believes the Swans are now looming large.

“My understanding is Grundy hasn’t formalised his decision,” Edmund said.

“But right now, the Swans loom large as Grundy’s third home at the age of 29.

“The Power won’t leave empty-handed as Esava (Ratugolea) is going to come in, (Brandon) Zerk-Thatcher’s going to come in.

“The how, is the question, but they’ve nominated (Port Adelaide as their club of choice) so there’s plenty happening there.”

Grundy featured 17 times for the Demons in 2023 but has only played once since Round 17 as Melbourne go with Max Gawn in a sole ruck role.

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