MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 18: Brodie Grundy of the Demons and Liam Jones of the Bulldogs look on during the 2023 AFL Round 01 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 18, 2023 In Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Sydney are said to be in front of Port Adelaide in the race for Melbourne ruckman Brodie Grundy, with the Swans anticipated to be a busy player in this off-season's player movement space.

The Power have been viewed as the likely landing spot for Grundy, who recently met with Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley and star duo Connor Rozee and Zak Butters in Melbourne.

A switch to Alberton would also see Grundy return to his home state of South Australia, while the Power would secure a standout ruck option for the coming years as veteran tall Scott Lycett, who turns 31 later this month, faces an uncertain future with no contract for 2024.

While Port Adelaide remain in the hunt for Grundy, Sydney are reportedly the new front-runner for the former Magpie, who is weighing up his future after just one season in the red and blue.

According to News Corp, the Swans are well-placed to swoop on Grundy, who would replace the retiring Tom Hickey in the Harbour City.

While contracted until the end of 2027, Grundy is expected to land at a third club this coming trade window after an unsuccessful first year at Melbourne.

The two-time All-Australian has played just one game since Round 17 after falling out of favour under senior coach Simon Goodwin, who has turned to captain Max Gawn to take on sole ruck duties for the back end of the season.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Brodie Grundy of the Demons kicks during the round two AFL match between Brisbane Lions and Melbourne Demons at The Gabba, on March 24, 2023, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Grundy could earn a reprieve for Melbourne's upcoming semi-final meeting with Carlton, with the Demons in line to lose Jacob van Rooyen at selection through suspension. Already without Harrison Petty, Jake Melksham and Ben Brown, Grundy could be the man to replace van Rooyen for the must-win match.

Sydney's finals run came to an end through a six-point loss to the Blues on Friday night, with Swans coach John Longmire touching on the club's list intentions following the defeat.

"It's still a building group, we'll lose 'Hick' (retiring ruckman Tom Hickey) but they're young, and they're learning tough lessons," Longmire said.

"I don't know yet (what that looks like). We'll sit back and have a look at it [and] see what we need to do to get better.

"I think over the last ten years we've probably had the least amount of traded players into our club, of any club, I think our young players have been fantastic because they've come through the system and been enormous. We'll see what happens in the next few weeks."