Josh Dunkley Port Adelaide, Liam Jones Western Bulldogs, Jason Johannisen free agency, contract, Brodie Grundy
The Collingwood CEO hasn’t stifled speculation about a few stars’ future.
Additionally, two premiership Bulldogs are assessing their footy futures, with one “evaluating the free agency market.”
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PIES BOSS STOPS BEFORE SECURE GRUNDY’S FUTURE
Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson has not outright confirmed that Brodie Grundy will be at the club next year, fueling speculation over the star ruckman’s future.
Grundy’s availability has been discussed with several clubs, although the 28-year-old has been contracted to the club until the end of 2027 in a deal worth around $1m. per season.
Anderson was asked on 3AW Sportsday why the club – including manager Craig McRae – has yet to state categorically that Grundy will be at the club in 2023.
“We don’t need it,” he said.
“We understand there is going to be a lot of speculation and there is for a whole range of players… there is speculation, it is not our job to respond to speculation.”
When asked directly if Grundy would be at the club next year, Anderson replied: “Yeah well as you know he has a contract and is committed to it. Obviously whatever is changed would be his decision.
“We will have all these conversations at the end of the year to determine what our list looks like and what our needs are. Now is not the time to do that. »
Anderson added that the Pies were “a better team with Brodie in them.”
On Jordan De Goey, who remains without a contract beyond this year, Anderson added: “We were very clear with Jordy at the time that we would leave these conversations until the end of the year. year and we will.
“What I will say is he’s doing everything well, he’s well prepared, we can’t wait to bring him back to the team.”
PREMIERSHIP STAR ‘FREE AGENCIES MARKET ASSESSMENT’
Western Bulldogs Norm Smith medalist Jason Johannisen reflects on his future, reports 7 Melbourne News.
Johannisen, who played in every game for the Dogs in their 2021 Grand Final season, had an interrupted start to his 2022 campaign due to a calf injury but has played in the last six consecutive games for the club.
7 Melbourne News reported Wednesday night that Johannisen had “parked the contract talks” that began earlier this year until the end of the season.
Journalist Mitch Cleary reported that Johannisen was “now assessing the free agency market.”
Johannisen in 2017 dodged offers from rivals and signed a five-year contract extension that tied him to the Dogs until the end of 2022.
The 29-year-old played 174 games over the past 12 seasons for the Bulldogs after being selected as a rookie in late 2010.
DUNKLEY LINKED TO SA CLUB
Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh Dunkley has attracted interest from Port Adelaide, reports AFL Media.
The Bulldogs recently turned their attention to re-signing Dunkley, who was out of contract at the end of the season. He said in May there was “not really a rush” to re-sign.
The Dogs are keen to retain Dunkley, who has had a contract offer from the club throughout his 2022 campaign.
But AFL Media reported on Thursday morning that the Power were among rival clubs surrounding Dunkley.
Adding to the intrigue of the South Australian connection, Dunkley is the partner of Tippah Dwan, who is a shooter with the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the Suncorp Super Netball competition.
Two years ago, Dunkley requested a contract trade from the Essendon Bulldogs, but the deal fell through because the Bombers were unwilling to offer two first-round picks to nab him.
A premier player in 2016, the 25-year-old has played 111 games for the Bulldogs since being selected with Pick 25 in the 2015 draft.
BEST SIGN YET JONES IS AFL-LINKED
Jones refused to meet the AFL’s vaccination mandate last year and later retired, despite still having a year left on his Carlton contract. But the key defender, who has been a star for Palm Beach Currumbin in the QAFL this year, has previously said he hasn’t given up hope of playing in the AFL again – a hope that has been bolstered further. early this month after the league lifted its vaccination. requirements for players and staff.
Palm Beach Currumbin coach Russell Maloney confirmed to the Bulletin of the Côte d’Or that Jones addressed the group of players on Tuesday evening, informing them that he would not see the QAFL season with the club due to a connection with an AFL club.
Although Jones did not reveal the squad, he met Essendon and, apparently, the Western Bulldogs this month amid growing interest in the key defender. The sun herald also reported this week that scouts for the Gold Coast Suns had planned to watch Jones play in the QAFL.
7 Melbourne News Reporter Mitch Cleary said Wednesday night that the Dogs were “leading the way” for Jones, who played 66 games for the Bulldogs before being traded to Carton in 2014. Former Hawks sniper Ben Dixon said earlier this month that the Bulldogs are expected to prioritize Jones, who would be “an incredible acquisition for this football team.”
Carlton is keen for the AFL to make Jones an unrestricted free agent, meaning the Blues could then receive a compensating draft pick should a rival club take him on. The location of this selection in the draft order would be determined by the length and size of the rival club’s offer.
Moloney said Jones had been “outstanding” for Palm Beach Currumbin.
“His attitude is great. Not only his efforts on the pitch, but off the pitch his work is fantastic,” Moloney told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“We couldn’t ask for more from anyone. It’s not ideal for us what’s happening now, but we can’t hold it back.