GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: Jaeger O'Meara during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session at Metricon Stadium on July 26, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)

Saints confident on Suns gun

Gold Cold yesterday announced that gun midfielder Jaeger O’Meara has requested a trade to an interstate club.

It is largely accepted that O’Meara wants to join a Victorian club, with several clubs already flagging their interest in the 22-year-old.

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Rumours emerged during last year’s trade period linking O’Meara with a move to St Kilda and Zero Hanger understands that the Saints are now very confident of landing their man this off-season.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25: Tom Curren of the Saints tackles Jaeger O'Meara of the Suns during the round 22 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium on August 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 25: Tom Curren of the Saints tackles Jaeger O’Meara of the Suns during the round 22 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium on August 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

The Saints rocketed up the ladder this year with a young and exciting list and loom as an attractive prospect for O’Meara, who will no doubt be aiming to land at a club that has the ability to enjoy a lasting period of success.

As it stands, the Saints could offer the Suns a top-10 draft pick. However, that pick alone is unlikely to get the deal done and Gold Coast has indicated it will play hard ball with O’Meara and has declared he will enter the pre-season draft if a suitable deal cannot be reached.

While this is unlikely to eventuate, striking a deal the Suns believe to be appropriate will be the major stumbling block for St Kilda. But a first round pick, plus a player, such as Tom Curren and an exchange of later draft picks could be enough to get the deal done for the Saints.

What will also make negotiations difficult is weighing up O’Meara’s worth, with the youngster being out of the game for the past two years with injury. Will his body hold up? Can he recapture the form we saw in 2013 and 2014? These questions will make it hard for clubs to be willing to giveaway too much for O’Meara and also put a value on him, with reports suggesting he is asking around $700,000 per season.

The Herald Sun reports that Carlton, Essendon and Hawthorn are also in the running for O’Meara signature.

The Bombers hold the No.1 pick in this year’s draft, which will no doubt put Essendon in the frame when negotiations commence.

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    • Tom Curren isn’t far off being delisted, it will have to be someone who is actually playing a few games in the AFL and pick 10.
      I think we have enough small forward / mids to hand someone over

  1. All this silly commentary about Essendon giving up number 1 pick…Suns said they have no issue letting him go thru to the draft, why would Essendon offer a trade when they can get him for free

  2. If we(stkilda) offer top ten pick and players were mad.

    A second rounder and a couple of other players shenton, Curren these blokes that could be running around in the afl at another side.

    Even a lonie or Sinclair as we have too many small forwards

    • I’m a saints fan and as optimistic as I can be that laughable! His knee will be fine he is only 22 Freeman even player out the last 6 VFL games so he will be right to go round 1! O’meara is worth pick 10 and say Mckenzie with maybe a second rounder coming back

    • Omera has only had two years playing basically or even if that. Although our first round and d-Mac probably wouldn’t be too bad although I’d prefer second rounder Mackenzie and lonie would also seem quite fair

  3. Please don’t go after him… too injury prone. We’ve had enough of recruiting players who cannot play the next year for various reasons. Recruited 2 players this season who didn’t play an afl game this year and Paddy McCartin who has played 17 games in 2 seasons (not always his fault I know). We need players who we can put on the park straight away.

  4. Kane Colgan if we get Jack Steele and Jaeger, our midfield will be stacked as fuck! Doubt we’ll use any draft picks inside first 2 rounds and offload a player or two as well.

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