St Kilda has re-emerged as a possible destination for wantaway forward, Devon Smith.
Smith has nominated Essendon as his preferred destination, however, the Bombers are having difficulty meeting the demands of the Giants, Bulldogs and Suns, after all three of Smith, Jake Stringer and Adam Saad declared their intentions to join the Dons.
The Suns and Dogs are both demanding a first round pick from the Bombers in return for their players, while the Giants are also proving difficult to please.
SEN’s Sam McClure reports that this had led to the Saints renewing their interest in Smith and are hopeful they can still snare the 24-year-old.
“Essendon’s inability to get all three deals done for Jake Stringer, Adam Saad and Devon Smith, I believe, has set the St Kilda footy club re-circling Devon Smith with the thought they can get the deal done,” McClure said on Wednesday morning.
“I’m told one of their first round picks, picks seven and eight, are on the table. It’s not a direct swap of course, but could involve a deal that may see them go later down the draft, give one of those picks to GWS, and Devon Smith makes his way to the St Kilda footy club.
“There is a lot of water to go under the bridge and I still think Essendon are favourites, but if they can not get the deal done, Devon Smith is not going back to GWS. He is going back to Victoria.”
Smith, who has kicked 100 goals in 109 games for the Giants, officially requested a trade to Essendon last week, with Collingwood, Carlton and St Kilda also interested.
The Bombers reportedly rejected a deal from GWS for Smith earlier this week that would have seen Essendon trade pick 11 to GWS and in return receive Smith, and pick 23 from the Giants.