AFL Rd 16 - Western Bulldogs v West Coast
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 06: Tom Hickey of West Coast Eagles competes for the ball against Tim English of the Bulldogs during the round 16 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles at Metricon Stadium on September 06, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

The Sydney Swans have been linked to West Coast big man Tom Hickey as another ruck option.

But the chase might be over before it even starts, with theĀ West Australian’s Mark Duffield reporting that the Eagles aren’t keen to let him go.

The 29-year old has only played three games for the Eagles in 2020 and 23 games in total since crossing from the Saints at the end of 2018.

However, West Coast reportedly see him as a fantastic backup option should an injury occur to star ruckman Nic Naitanui.

The Eagles have youngsters Oscar Allen and Bailey Williams who can also play in the ruck, but they are not seen as sole ruck options and are more seen as pinch hitters.

The other conundrum for the Swans is that Hickey is contracted at the Eagles until at least the end of 2021, and the Eagles would like Hickey to honour his contract to the end.

The Eagles would reportedly have felt more compelled to play Hickey in a normal length season with normal length games to give Naitanui a chop out.

The Swans have also been linked to Demon Braydon Preuss.