MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: Brodie Grundy of the Magpies looks on during the 2019 AFL round 19 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 26, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Collingwood football boss Graham Wright has provided an update on where conversations with ruckman Brodie Grundy and Melbourne sit in regards to trade discussions.

Grundy is expected to join the Demons despite being contracted to Collingwood until the end of 2027.

With the Magpies showing a preference toward duo Darcy Cameron and Mason Cox, Grundy has been forced to consider his options for 2023, with Melbourne winning the race for the two-time All-Australian - who gained interest from several keen suitors.

Speaking on Monday, Wright revealed talks with the Demons and Grundy's management are a "fair way down the track" as all parties plan for a trade in the week ahead.

"We've had conversations with Brodie about him getting across to Melbourne and we're a fair way down the track with that," Wright said.

"We've had conversations with him for 12 months very open and honest... It's for medium to long-term planning rather than right now.

"Player movement can be difficult from a club perspective. It's heavily weighted towards the player, and that's a great thing in that perspective, but it makes it hard to have those open and honest conversations, but we've had those with Brodie and his managemen and we feel comfortable with where that sits."

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Brodie Grundy of the Magpies celebrates a goal during the AFL Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Collingwood Magpies on September 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Media/Getty Images)

With Grundy's hefty pay packet in the vicinity of seven figures, the Magpies are understood to be open to paying a portion of the South Australian's salary while he plies his trade in red and blue.

While it has been reported Collingwood could fork up close to $1.5 million across the next five years, Wright was hesitant to reveal any details around the ruckman's likely contract with Melbourne.

"We're not going to go into those things in relation to the specifics of contracts for anyone really," he said.

"But as I said, we've had those conversations with Melbourne and his management."

With Cox into the twilight of his career and Cameron turning 28 next season, Collingwood are open to adding more talent to their ruck stocks.

Wright revealed the club may look to  adding talent through either the draft or trade levers, with Port Adelaide's Sam Hayes already linked to a potential return to Victoria to join the Magpies.

"Potentially," Wright said on targeting ruck talent this off-season.

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: Tom Campbell of the Saints contests the ball with Sam Hayes of the Power during the round seven AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Port Adelaide Power at Cazalys Stadium on April 30, 2022 in Cairns, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

"We haven't had any real conversations about who that might be or whether it's through the draft.

"(Hayes) has been mentioned a little bit, but we haven't sort of explored that."

The 2022 trade period opened on Monday morning and will run until 7:30pm (AEST) on Wednesday, October 12.