Trade Whispers: Giants’ worst-case scenario in Cameron deal; Bombers star makes call on new club
Plus a wantaway Bomber has reportedly picked his new home.
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WHAT GIANTS WANT IN CAMERON DEAL
Greater Western Sydney wants players, not just picks, in exchange for gun forward Jeremy Cameron in a trade with Geelong, according to Foxfooty.com.au’s Tom Morris.
The Giants’ worst-case scenario would be receiving a single first-round pick in compensation for Cameron leaving the club as a restricted free agent on a long-term deal worth around $850,000 a season.
That compensation pick would coincide with their natural selection - roughly Pick 10 once other compensation picks are taken into account, but before Academy bids on draft night.
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However that quite clearly won’t satisfy them with Giants CEO Dave Matthews pointing out on 3AW’s Sportsday on Monday night the club received two first-round picks for both Adam Treloar and Dylan Shiel, and “key forwards are hard to find”.
Geelong has three first-round selections - 11, 13 and 18 - but Morris says the Giants don’t want just picks in exchange for the 2019 Coleman medallist.
“There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind there’ll be players involved in this deal as well - at least that’s what the Giants want,” he said on Fox Footy’s On the Couch.
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“The Cats have picks 11, 13 and 18, and although they might ask for one of those picks, the Giants will want players as well.
“You’ve got to think about Brandan Parfitt, think about Esava Ratugolea who’s out of contract, think Sam Simpson who’s out of contract, and don’t discount them asking for Jordan Clark as well, who has two years left on his deal and wants to play senior footy.
“Players, not just draft picks, will get this deal done and what we know is when often when there’s players involved, they’re the hardest deals to orchestrate.”
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The 22-year-old Ratugolea, who was born in the Riverina region of New South Wales and then moved to Cobram on the Victoria/NSW border, would be an intriguing target.
He has been squeezed out of Geelong’s best 22 in recent months, with ruckman Rhys Stanley spending time forward, Tom Hawkins taking ruck contests inside 50 and Patrick Dangerfield being used as a forward weapon.
AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson believes Ratugolea could seek new opportunities, given Cameron would be just another well-paid player in front of him in the queue.
“Where does that leave Ratugolea in all this? Ratugolea is a key forward, second ruck – I think the Giants would be pretty keen to get him in some sort of trade back. And Ratugolea, I don’t know how he’s going to fit in this (Geelong) team,” Robinson said on Fox Footy.
“You wouldn’t want to be a young key forward at Geelong.”
BOMBER MAKES CALL ON NEW CLUB
Essendon forward Orazio Fantasia’s preference is to head home and join Port Adelaide, reports Nine News Adelaide.
The 25-year-old has been expected to leave the Bombers and return to his home state of South Australia for several weeks, undergoing independent medical testing to prove he is healthy.
But while it was Adelaide who first publicly confirmed Fantasia wanted to come home, he would rather play for the Power, according to the report.
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Fantasia, who is contracted, will meet with Port Adelaide in the coming weeks and his relationship with former Norwood coach Nathan Bassett is said to be a factor in the decision.
A trade will need to be worked out between Essendon and whichever club Fantasia wishes to be sent to.
Port Adelaide’s earliest draft pick this year is 26, followed by 31 and 34, while Adelaide has a much stronger hand given their wooden spoon finish with 1, 8, 20 and 29.