North Melbourne ruckman Braydon Preuss looks set to ask for a trade this off-season.
The 22-year-old played eight games in 2017, but failed to play a game in 2018.
Despite struggling to break into the side this season, the 206cm giant is still considered a part of the Kangaroos’ future, with Todd Goldstein turning 31 next year.
According to the Herald Sun’s Sam Edmund, Preuss looks set to ask for a trade to Melbourne.
“Braydon Preuss, who can’t get a game at North Melbourne, has effectively asked for a trade to Melbourne, which is something of a surprise, given he would be leaving the wing of Todd Goldstein to go under Max Gawn,” Edmund told SEN Breakfast.
“Dom Tyson was even floated as a direct swap there…North Melbourne knocked that on the head and you would assume Melbourne would have done the same.”
The move would be a surprise given Preuss would have to contest with Max Gawn for the number one ruck spot.
Former Melbourne captain Gary Lyon said he was bemused by Preuss wanting to go to Melbourne.
“Why would he go to Melbourne? Please someone explain that to me,” Lyon said on SEN Breakfast.
“If I was a ruckman that needed an opportunity, I’ve got my list out and I said, right, of all the clubs, which is the one I’m not going to get opportunity at, the first one would be Melbourne.”
Another ruckman who is set to ask for a trade is Geelong’s Ryan Abbott.
Abbott was Geelong’s only ruckman in their Elimination Final defeat to the Demons, but could also be on the move after receiving an underwhelming offer from the Cats.
“Ryan Abbott, who has just emerged there recently, he is no certainty to stay at Geelong,” Edmund said.
“They’ve only offered him a year, the Cats, and he has got plenty of interest to go elsewhere for longer and better terms.”
The 27-year-old has played four games for the Cats and has averaged 11 disposals and 28 hitouts.