MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11: Brett Deledio of the Tigers looks upfield during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval on August 11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs reportedly enter race for Brett Deledio

Geelong may face competition for the signature of Tigers’ star, Brett Deledio.

Faifax journalist Rohan Connolly told Melbourne radio station, SEN, on Wednesday afternoon that Deledio has also shown interest in joining the Western Bulldogs.

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Reports emerged earlier this week that Deledio is keen to be come a Cat in 2017, however, Geelong will struggle to fit him into the salary cap and will also find it difficult to satisfy the Tigers at the trade table.

“I’m not saying this is definitely on the cards but I have heard from a pretty reasonable source that the Brett Deledio – Geelong thing may not be as clear cut as some people are making it.” Connolly said.

“There are reports that Deledio himself is pretty interested also in the Western Bulldogs, and he’s very keen to catch up with Luke Beveridge and have a bit of a chat.”

Connolly also added that the Bulldogs may be better placed to negotiate a deal with Richmond than Geelong, who do not have a first round pick in this year’s draft.

“Obviously when you hear something like this you think how a deal could be done,” he said.

“The Bulldogs’ first pick is 18, that’s not enough on its own for Deledio obviously, I think he’s worth more than that.

“What about Deledio for pick 18 and either a Nathan Hrovat or Mitch Honeychurch?

“I think both those two guys fit the bill, particularly Hrovat – I think he’s got something special about him.”

Deledio, who was the No.1 pick in 2004, has played 243 games in 12 seasons at Punt Road.


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    • Exactly lol kangas no chance for a flag in the next 3 years lol hawks, geelong everyone wants to be there…… and take a moment for the fact josh caddy could be forced to play at Richmond lol and the fact delidio is another player with all the talent in the world, thats spent half his carrer on tigers injury list lol

    • I agree with players hold all the power, if a player doesn’t wanna be at a club and still under contract, clubs should be able to ship them off to the club that offers the best deal, not what club they wanna go to, bryce gibbs still has 4 years on a contract and wants out to go to tbe crows…… its a joke lol

    • Yea i agree if the express they want to go to a club its the responsibility of that club to make a good deal. If not the club takes who ever gives best deal. As soon as they say they want out free to trade anywhere

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