Port Adelaide has joined a list of AFL clubs who are vying to lure two-time All Australian ruckman Brodie Grundy out of Collingwood.
Grundy remains contracted at the Magpies on a huge $1-million-a-year contract, but Collingwood has told clubs they are willing to pay $300,000 of that sum per year.
The Power will need to present a tempting offer to Collingwood in the trade period, with Geelong, GWS, Hawthorn, and Melbourne all interested in the versatile ruckman.
Grundy considered moving back to his home state in 2019 but eventually chose to re-sign with the Pies. His brother, Riley Grundy, also spent two years at the Power after being drafted in that same year.
Spending more than half of their season without a true ruckman, Port is set to make "a major play" for the South Australian this off-season, according to 7 News Adelaide.
7NEWS understands Port Adelaide is set to make a major play for Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy. 7NEWS Adelaide at 6pm | https://t.co/8ftPfGh39Y #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/UVEZWcI4MN
— 7NEWS Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) August 29, 2022
SEN SA's Andrew Hayes echoed 7 News' report, even revealing rumours have circled that Grundy has met with Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley.
“Brodie Grundy is absolutely on the radar of Port Adelaide,” Hayes said.
“He was in town recently and as we know, the Magpies are trying to shift him out, he’s on about $1 million per season for the next five years and the Pies have said they’ll pay $300,000 to get a deal done
“He’s been heavily linked with Geelong, Melbourne as well to team up with Max Gawn – Port Adelaide is also in the mix.
“Rumours as well of him having a meeting with Ken Hinkley. This is going to be an interesting space to watch."
Grundy's 2022 season has been cut short by a PCL injury and a stress fracture in his ankle that was discovered earlier this month.
Despite injury problems and a lucrative contract, Grundy's form over recent years has been second only to Max Gawn in his position.
Grundy averaged 19.1 disposals and 32.5 hit-outs last year, showing his ability to find the ball while giving his midfielders first service in the ruck.
Port Adelaide has used Jeremy Finlayson as a makeshift ruckman in the absence of Scott Lycett, and would benefit greatly from Grundy's services should he return to SA.