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Josh Dunkley showdown as Western Bulldogs play onerous ball

The Lions have been courting Dunkley from halfway by the season with the midfielder nominating the Lions quickly after they bowed out of the premiership race within the preliminary ultimate. The Lions supplied a long-term deal for Dunkley to assist good midfielder Lachie Neale with the Bulldogs, who additionally supplied him a long-term deal, disillusioned to lose him.


Geelong stay tight-lipped on whether or not they’re ready to commerce massive man Esava Ratugolea who has made it clear he needs to get to Port Adelaide throughout this commerce interval.

Geelong have been reluctant to let the contracted 24-year-old depart regardless of him enjoying simply 4 senior video games this season, as they imagine he can provide them depth in lots of components of the bottom and coach Chris Scott is a giant believer in his expertise.

Nonetheless with the Cats needing to commerce out a future second spherical choose to finish the Jack Bowes deal and doubtlessly needing first spherical picks to safe each Tanner Bruhn from the Giants and OIiver Henry from Collingwood, they could have to receive a future second spherical choose from Port Adelaide to stick to AFL guidelines round retaining a minimal variety of future picks.

Ratugolea performed the primary three matches earlier than being demoted to the VFL after which required surgical procedure after hurting his ankle mid-year.

He returned to play the ultimate spherical however didn’t determine within the finals.

Port see him enjoying a job in defence and as a possible ruckman with extra senior alternatives probably at Alberton Oval than on the defending premier.

The Cats have an extended custom of giving gamers alternatives at different golf equipment after a number of years of their system if their spot within the senior crew is just not established.

Geelong checklist supervisor Andrew Mackie instructed AFL Commerce Radio on Wednesday, the massive Cat remained a required participant, though Ratugolea’s place was cheap.

“We’ve put video games into ‘Sav’ and he’s been a giant a part of our succession plan ahead of the footy,” Mackie stated.

“Clearly blokes like Sav six years into the system simply wish to begin enjoying footy, and we’ve had that dialogue with him. We’ll proceed to try to map out for him how that may look.

“He’s a contracted participant. Little doubt the coach does love him, we love him, however we completely perceive that he’s attempting to work out the place he’s going to play his footy. We’re fairly clear on how that appears, in order that’s the place that one sits.”

Versatile Geelong big man Esava Ratugolea.

Versatile Geelong massive man Esava Ratugolea.Credit score:Getty Pictures

Collingwood and the Giants are adamant they need truthful returns for Henry and Bruhn respectively as they have been each chosen with first-round picks two years in the past. The Cats are eager to carry on to choose No.7 they may acquire within the Jack Bowes deal, so might need to surrender a future second-round choose in return.

Port Adelaide are ready on offers to acquire Jason Horne-Francis from North Melbourne and Junior Rioli from West Coast nevertheless a possible three-way deal involving Port, the Kangaroos and West Coast stalled when the Eagles determined they needed to get a participant from Port Adelaide for the deal to work. Nonetheless Port say rising stars equivalent to Zak Butters, Mitch Georgiades, Xavier Duursma, Josh Sinn and Miles Bergman have no real interest in leaving the membership and so they had no real interest in buying and selling them.

Gold Coast ahead Josh Corbett additionally joined Fremantle on Thursday.

The Suns obtained the Dockers’ future fourth-round choice in return.

Josh Corbett.

Josh Corbett.Credit score:Getty Pictures

Corbett kicked 33 targets from 36 video games since his debut for the Suns in 2019 and shapes as a lead-up ahead for the Dockers who’re additionally fascinated about speedy wingman Jeremy Sharp throughout this commerce interval.

Melbourne’s Adam Tomlinson is open to being traded out of Melbourne after his alternatives in defence grew to become restricted up to now two seasons.

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