The Suns are trying to poach out-of-contract Swans defender Jake Lloyd to the Gold Coast, offering a deal $1 million higher than Sydney’s proposal.
Suns coach Stewart Dew has ties with Lloyd from his days at the Swans as an assistant coach, and is big on the 24-year old.
Asked after his side’s 39-point loss to Collingwood on Saturday night if there was any truth to the Lloyd rumours, Dew said: “No, thats news to me. That’s why I look surprised. That’s a new one.
“It’s good though, it’s different to the Tom Lynch one,” he joked.
The Suns are set to have a major increase in cap space following the likely departure of Lynch at the end the season, which assists their multi-year bid for Lloyd.
Lloyd has reportedly already knocked back two offers from Sydney and told The Daily Telegraph in May that he was in no rush to sign a contract.
“I’m in no rush (to get a new deal done) — I’m focusing on my footy,” Lloyd told The Daily Telegraph.
“If I keep playing good footy, it will sort itself out. My manager, Alex McDonald, has had a chat to the club and we will take things as they go.”
LLoyd has played 106 games for the Swans and is coming off a dominant 33 disposal game off half back in his side’s 26-point loss to Richmond on Thursday night.
The silky defender is having a career-best year at the Swans, averaging a team-high 27.6 per game. He finished equal runner-up with superstar Buddy Franklin in the Sydney’s best and fairest last year.