As we near the AFL finals in 2022, rumours and speculation on the future of players at certain clubs begins to circulate throughout the media.

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Latest AFL rumours

Port Adelaide shows interest in SA-product Grundy

Thursday August 4

The Power have emerged as a potential option for South Australian and Collingwood player Brodie Grundy, if the Pies and him were to part ways at season’s end.

“Port Adelaide is interested in where Grundy is going to end up and his trade status at the end of the year,” reporter Tom Browne told 7 News Melbourne.

Fremantle keeping tabs on Crow Himmelberg

Thursday August 4

Fremantle have identified the need for another key forward, especially if Rory Lobb leaves at the end of the season.

Adelaide’s Elliot Himmelberg has risen a few eyebrows at the Dockers and could help assist in their needs going forward.

“Fremantle are putting together its list of how they overcome the issues of what they’ve got in attack, or don’t have in attack,” veteran journalist Michelangelo Rucci told SEN SA’s The Run Home.

“He is growing with interest at Fremantle.”

Adelaide set to make play for Rankine

Wednesday August 3

Adelaide are set to make a play for South Australian and Gold Coast forward Izak Rankine, despite the Suns believing he’ll stay.

Rankine, who’s having a career best season, is currently out of contract and the Crows will attempt to pry the 22-year-old out of the sunshine state.

Is Dyson Heppell departing Tullamarine?

Tuesday August 2

Essendon skipper Dyson Heppell could be on the move, with reports suggesting clubs are circling to secure the 30-year-old’s services in 2023.

Amid speculation of Heppell’s contract extension at the Bombers, rival sides are potentially gearing up to pry the smooth-moving left footer out, with the Suns being one of those.

Although it’s unlikely he’ll depart from the red and black, it wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibilities.

Liam Jones nominates Western Bulldogs

Friday July 29

Liam Jones has reportedly nominated the Western Bulldogs in his bid to return to the AFL, according to SEN’s Sam Edmund.

Following his retirement last year due to the vaccination mandate, the AFL has removed the pre-requisite for players and staff, allowing retired stars to return.

Jones has previously met with Essendon but will likely return to where his career began back in 2009.

Jack Gunston on the move?

Friday July 29

Rival clubs believe Hawthorn forward Jack Gunston will be available, as the 30-year-old continues to tend to an ongoing back issue that kept him to one game in 2021.

Essendon have been flagged as a potential suitor to assist with the young forward line while Collingwood did show interest a couple of years ago.

Hawks fans know that the club has been open to talks about some of their veterans, including Chad Wingard and Luke Breust in recent times.

Herald Sun believe that if the right deal is struck, Gunston could find a third club but it does seem very unlikely for the premiership player.

Out-of-favour Suns pair attracting interest

Friday July 29

Gold Coast duo Brayden Fiorini and Sam Flanders have been attracting interest from rival clubs, in the hope of “securing another Will Brodie-style bargain”, according to the Herald Sun.

Despite both having contracts until the end of next year, the pair could seek more opportunities elsewhere.

Fiorini has played 14 games in 2022 (two as the sub) and has struggled to cement a spot in Stuart Dew’s side.

Flanders has had less luck, taking the field a measly seven times this year.

However, it is reported that both are happy to stay at the Suns.

Hawks set to land Karl Amon

Friday July 29

Port Adelaide free agent Karl Amon is set to find himself at Waverley Park in 2023, electing to play under Sam Mitchell at Hawthorn.

As a free agent, the Power will receive some compensation, likely the end of the first round, according to the Herald Sun.

After making the 40-man squad in 2021, Amon has been in stellar form, driving his bargaining price upward, averaging 24 touches and six marks so far.

Pickett is one to watch

Friday July 29

South and West Australian clubs will be coming hard for Demon small forward Kysaiah Pickett, despite having a year left on his contract.

Pickett – who grew up in outback WA and moved to Adelaide to be with uncle Byron Pickett – doesn’t love living in a big city like Melbourne but has been reported to be enjoying his time in Victoria, says the Herald Sun.

Although the red and blue believe they can lock the 21-year-old into a long term deal, clubs will be circling as they try pry him out of the 2021 premiers rooms.

Collingwood commit to McStay

Friday July 29

Collingwood has committed to signing free agent Daniel McStay, prying him from the Brisbane Lions.

Originally from Victoria, McStay flagged a move back home earlier in the season, as speculation grew over his time in the sunshine state.

The Pies have been the frontrunner for the 27-year-old’s services and is almost certain to secure the forward.

Reported by the Herald Sun, McStay will be brought in to assist with 30-year-old Brody Mihocek as well as Jamie Elliot, Oliver Henry and Beau McCreery in the forward line.

Dogs lead race to secure Jones

Thursday July 28

Mitch Cleary reported that the Western Bulldogs is in the front seat to land the high-flying defender Liam Jones, as he attempts to return to AFL football after a year off due to the vaccination mandate.

Jones has been playing in the QAFL and has been flagged to return to elite football, with Essendon also joining the race for his services.

However, it does seem likely that the 31-year-old will return to where his career first began.

Dunkley moving to SA?

Thursday July 28

Josh Dunkley has been linked with another move in the off-season, with reports suggesting Port Adelaide are interested in the hybrid midfielder.

The Western Bulldogs have tabled a long-term deal for Dunkley, who is yet to re-sign.

The 25-year-old requested a trade to Windy Hill at the end of 2020 and could be set to be seen in new colours.

Dunkley’s partner is also a part of the Adelaide Thunderbirds as a professional netball player.

Free agent Darcy Gardiner attracting interest

Thursday July 28

Draft guru Cal Twomey believes Lions defender Darcy Gardiner is attracting interest, as he remains unsigned at this stage of the year.

“Rival clubs are watching that one with some interest given the lack of key position players on the free agency market,” Twomey said on SEN’s Breakfast.

Originally from Queenscliff in Victoria, Gardiner is deemed likely to stay at Brisbane but a hail-mary offer may pry the back man out of the sunshine state.

Should Gold Coast target Martin?

Tuesday July 26

Amid speculation that Dustin Martin may not be at Punt Road in 2023, AFL journalist Sam McClure believes that Gold Coast should be targeting the Brownlow Medallist.

Having been linked to Sydney due to his family roots and history in New South Wales, Martin has also been reported to have close ties within the Suns camp and could be a point of difference if he’s on the move.

Will Hayward should be in Adelaide’s priority list

Tuesday July 26

Port Adelaide legend Kane Cornes believes Adelaide should be trying to lure Swan Will Hayward from New South Wales.

Initially from North Adelaide, Hayward has been a strong performer for Sydney over the past couple seasons but will struggled to get any midfield minutes.

The 23-year-old has been deployed as a mobile forward, but Cornes suggests his signature should be a priority if he wanted to leave.

“We know contracts don’t mean a lot,” Cornes told SEN SA Breakfast.

“If he decided he wanted to come home, I’d offer him big money, I think he’s an absolute gun.

“Will Hayward would be priority No. 1 for me if I was the Crows.”

Jacob Hopper to leave GWS?

Monday July 25

GWS midfielder Jacob Hopper is expected to seek a move from western Sydney amid speculation that there’s an exodus from the expansion club.

According to leading journalist Tom Browne, Hopper will be looking to come to Victoria, with Geelong in the front seat for his services.

Speaking on Triple M, Browne believes the bullocking midfielder could be one of a few leaving the Giants.

Angus Brayshaw to turn the red-and-blue for the red-and-black?

Saturday July 23

Amid free agency speculation, Melbourne premiership player Angus Brayshaw could be seen in different colours in 2023 as Essendon circle yet another out-of-contract player.

The Age reported that the Bombers met with Brayshaw as he is yet to re-sign with the reigning premiers and has opened concerns of the Demons losing another star.

Rankine to leave the Suns?

Saturday July 23

Izak Rankine has been linked to a move from Essendon, as an apparent offer has been tabled for the uncontracted Sun.

Rankine has had a breakout season in 2022, kicking 23 goals in 14 matches and looking lively in the forward line.

Journalist Sam Edmund revealed on SEN  that the Bombers were targeting the 22 year-old although seems likely he’ll remain in Gold Coast.

Brodie Grundy linked to Giants

Thursday July 21

In Brodie Grundy’s most recent update, the star ruckman has been linked with a move to GWS, following a meeting between Giant list manager Jason McCartney and Grundy’s management.

Channel 7 reporter Mitch Cleary broke the news of the meeting, suggesting both parties were discussing the potential change and how it might look going forward.

Liam Jones homecoming?

Wednesday July 20

Former Carlton and Western Bulldog Liam Jones was reported to be meeting football boss Chris Grant as he eyes off a return to to AFL.

Jones was forced into retirement due to the mandatory vaccination status, which has now been relaxed and is open for players like the 31-year-old to return.

De Goey’s exit likely to happen

Tuesday July 19

Collingwood party-boy Jordan De Goey is likely to leave the AIA Centre, according to Sam McClure.

Of late, De Goey has been in the papers for all the wrong reasons, which is compounded by his financial demands.

The Magpies initially had a deal on the table for the 26-year-old, but quickly pulled it following the Bali incident.

Now, Geelong and St Kilda are the frontrunners to secure the services of the matchwinner, as Collingwood looks willing to offload some high-paying talent to pry players from other clubs in the offseason.

Taranto to leave the Giants?

Monday July 18

Tim Taranto is yet to sign with GWS amid seeking a new coach after the departure of Leon Cameron.

Despite his desire to stay in Sydney, Taranto has been linked with a move back to Victoria as the Giants will experience a midfield squeeze.

According to leading AFL journalist Damien Barrett, Collingwood appears to be the front runner for the 24 year-old if he were to leave GWS.

Blake Acres shopping around?

Monday July 18

Fremantle wingman Blake Acres and his management have been reported to be ‘shopping around’ in attempt to get a better contract offer.

According to West Australian journalist Kim Hagdorn, the Dockers tabled a one year deal to Acres but apparently it isn’t what the 26-year-old was after.

““He’s keen for a better deal and that’s why his management is having a look around. This is an endorsement perhaps that he’s more longer term regarded for Fremantle than perhaps they initially thought,” Hagdorn said on SEN WA’s Drive.

Buddy and Sydney to part ways?

Thursday July 14

It has been reported that Lance Franklin and Sydney could part ways, as the champion goal kicker completes his nine-year deal with the Swans.

Amid contract talks, AFL reporter Mark Robinson made claims that both parties were at a stand still, given Franklin’s financial demands not meeting the clubs’.

The 35-year-old has said that he’d be open to playing anywhere, flagging a move back to Melbourne as an option if the deal with Sydney doesn’t get done.

Brodie Grundy to leave the Pies?

Tuesday July 12

According to former Port Adelaide player Tom Rockliff, Brodie Grundy will not be in black and white in 2023.

Grundy’s absence since round six worried the Collingwood camp, but the vast improvement in both Darcy Cameron and Mason Cox has opened up speculation over the 28-year-old’s spot on the list.

Formerly from Adelaide, Grundy’s long-term high-paying contract has come into question following the performances of the team and his role in it.

Amon heading to Victoria

Tuesday July 12

Karl Amon is all but set to leave Port Adelaide and take a one-way flight to Victoria, in the hope of landing in a Melbourne-based club.

With reports suggesting Hawthorn is the front-runner to secure the free agent, St Kilda, Melbourne and Carlton have also expressed interest in the winger, as he seeks a new home.

Amon has been playing some career best footy in recent weeks, which is only driving his stock up.

Cats likely to make play for young Giant

Tuesday July 12

Geelong are likely to attempt to acquire GWS midfielder Tanner Bruhn, as the 20-year-old has been reported to seek a trade back to Victoria.

According to the Herald Sun, Bruhn is yet to re-sign with the Giants despite them putting a two-year offer in front of him, as the lure home may force a change in colours for the youngster.

Originally a Geelong Grammar boy, Bruhn has played 13 games this season for GWS and has cemented a spot in the midfield-stacked side who is still looking for a coach.

The return of Liam Jones?

Friday July 8

Former Carlton player Liam Jones has been flagged as a potential return to the AFL, with reports revealing he informally met with Essendon list manager Adrian Dodoro. 

Jones retired from the Blues last year despite having one year on his contract by not following vaccine mandates set by the League.

Lobb wants out of Fremantle

Friday July 8

Rory Lobb is expected to request a trade to Victoria, with Western Bulldogs leading the charge, according to Tom Browne.

Lobb is in career-best form this year, kicking 27 goals from his 14 outings and only kept goalless on one occasion.

The Dockers are still extremely interested in acquiring WA-product Luke Jackson and it could cause a domino of trades if they were to pry him out of Melbourne, including opening up Lobb’s position in the side.

Senior AFL reporter Jon Ralph revealed Fremantle are “extremely confident” in signing the 2021 Rising Star and could be a like-for-like in a series of exchanges expected in the off-season.

Dustin Martin tipped to leave Richmond

Tuesday July 5

Richmond superstar and Brownlow Medallist Dustin Martin has been tipped to leave Punt Road, with reports suggesting a fresh start in Sydney is the preferable location.

Martin took personal leave from rounds 2-7 following the passing of his father, Shane, and was in mourning dealing with private issues.

However, speculation grew that the four-time All-Australian was seeking new colours and New South Wales appealed to the champion footballer, due to its lack of fixation on AFL players.

Jordan De Goey out of lives

Tuesday July 5

Following his latest behaviour indiscretion in Bali, Collingwood’s Jordan De Goey could be on the way out, with the free agent set to demand more money.

The Magpies have been put through the ringer with De Goey’s off-field incidents over the years and there’s growing speculation that there’s one too many.

The Pies pulled their offer after the 26-year-old was plastered all over social media suggesting lewd and sexual acts and now will rival other clubs for his services.

St Kilda has been linked to De Goey, while Geelong has been flagged as a great suitor, despite not publicly announcing their interest.

According to SEN, list manager James Gallagher announced he has “touched base” with De Goey’s management.

Luke Jackson heading home?

Tuesday July 5

Melbourne premiership player Luke Jackson has been rumoured to be offered large amounts of money on a long-term contract from Fremantle.

Jackson, who is from WA, has been linked to the Dockers for the past month given the home-pull and is potentially deemed a chance to pry out of the reigning premiers camp.

The 2021 Rising Star is yet to sign with the Demons, creating chaos about his 2023 football club.

The Age reported that Melbourne have growing concerns over keeping Jackson, as the lure home may be too much for the young star.

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Rory Lobb on the move? Again?

Tuesday July 5

Rory Lobb is expected to request a trade out of Fremantle, following his attempt at the end of 2021.

The former Giant tried to return to his old club but has enjoyed the rise from the Dockers and more success.

Lobb is contracted to the end of 2023, but senior reporter Jon Ralph believes the Western Bulldogs is a suitor for the 29-year-old.

Bobby Hill wants out of GWS

Tuesday July 5

Collingwood are set to make a move for small forward Bobby Hill, a year after he requested a move to Victoria.

Hill, who is currently dealing with testicular cancer, has openly said he’d move to a Melbourne club to be closer to family.

Essendon were the front runner for the 22-year-old’s services, but it seems that the Pies may have swooped in this time around.

Herald Sun’s Jay Clark announced the Magpies’ interest in Hill, as the 175cm seeks to find a new home.

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McStay to McGo to Collingwood

Tuesday July 5

Brisbane Lion Daniel McStay is set to move clubs at season’s end, exploring his free agent rights to seek another club.

Collingwood has been heavily linked with the key forward and would be seen as a win-win for both camps given the current state of both lists.

The Lions will receive compensation for McStay, likely to be late in the first round and will need that to secure potential no.1 draft pick and father-son Will Ashcroft.

The 27-year-old has recently met with Collingwood and according to Jon Ralph is “keen to get back to Melbourne, and of course play at Collingwood.”

 

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