Gold Cold yesterday announced that gun midfielder Jaeger O’Meara has requested a trade to an interstate club.
It is largely accepted that O’Meara wants to join a Victorian club, with several clubs already flagging their interest in the 22-year-old.
Rumours emerged during last year’s trade period linking O’Meara with a move to St Kilda and Zero Hanger understands that the Saints are now very confident of landing their man this off-season.
The Saints rocketed up the ladder this year with a young and exciting list and loom as an attractive prospect for O’Meara, who will no doubt be aiming to land at a club that has the ability to enjoy a lasting period of success.
As it stands, the Saints could offer the Suns a top-10 draft pick. However, that pick alone is unlikely to get the deal done and Gold Coast has indicated it will play hard ball with O’Meara and has declared he will enter the pre-season draft if a suitable deal cannot be reached.
While this is unlikely to eventuate, striking a deal the Suns believe to be appropriate will be the major stumbling block for St Kilda. But a first round pick, plus a player, such as Tom Curren and an exchange of later draft picks could be enough to get the deal done for the Saints.
What will also make negotiations difficult is weighing up O’Meara’s worth, with the youngster being out of the game for the past two years with injury. Will his body hold up? Can he recapture the form we saw in 2013 and 2014? These questions will make it hard for clubs to be willing to giveaway too much for O’Meara and also put a value on him, with reports suggesting he is asking around $700,000 per season.
The Herald Sun reports that Carlton, Essendon and Hawthorn are also in the running for O’Meara signature.
The Bombers hold the No.1 pick in this year’s draft, which will no doubt put Essendon in the frame when negotiations commence.