It’s not even silly season and yet speculation is already rife among AFL circles about who will be where in the 2020 AFL season. Here is a summary of the players who have recently had a question mark over their future.
St Kilda made headlines this week when it was reported that they were preparing an enormous $1.7 million deal for Essendon ruckman Sam Draper, who is yet to play a senior game.
It has raised a lot of eyebrows, given the fact that the offer – which would reportedly be a four-year deal worth around $450,000 a year – would be to an untried ruckman with little experience in the AFL industry.
Also significant is the fact that Draper tore his ACL last month – leaving the 20-year-old on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
Draper is believed to be highly rated within the Bombers’ inner sanctum, and was on the cusp of a senior debut before the knee injury.
He has been thought to be the next number one ruckman after Tom Bellchambers.
Brad and Stephen Hill – particularly Brad – raised eyebrows within the last week, with trade rumours linking them to Hawthorn and the Gold Coast respectively making things very interesting for Fremantle.
News filtered out as revealed by Neroli Meadows that Brad had requested a trade back to Hawthorn at the end of the 2018 season, which was denied.
Speculation now lingers over whether the three-time premiership Hawk will try his luck again, with a return to Waverley Park in the future perhaps not out of the question.
Freo holds the leverage over the 25-year-old however, with Hill contracted to the Dockers until the end of 2021.
Fremantle actually has plenty of contract headaches they may want to sort out. The Dockers have a number of players out of contract at the end of the season – one of them being Griffin Logue.
Logue has been impressive in his first couple of games of the 2019 season, and according to the Herald Sun, rival clubs are keeping tabs on the 21-year-old. Logue recorded 24 disposals on his return to the senior outfit, and many clubs – with St Kilda being floated – may be interested in nabbing the WA local.
According to Tom Browne, the Blues will be making a last-ditch attempt to persuade Coniglio to come to Ikon Park via a ‘Godfather’ offer.
“He’s very close to recommitting at the Giants, but I think Carlton is preparing a last-ditch Godfather offer where they’ll pitch to Coniglio directly in the next couple of weeks,” Browne told Triple M.
“It would take five years plus at more than $1.4 million, but they’re going to have a go, the Blues.”
Brodie Grundy and his contract stall may linger on into 2020, but it remains under question whether he will stay on at the Pies – and for how much exactly.
The Pies’ ruckman has been dominant this year and showed no signs of slowing down on the weekend, collecting 25 touches and 50 hitouts against the Bulldogs.
Former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon even touted the 25-year-old as the best player in the game this year.
It begs the question of just how much currency Grundy can command should he continue the standard of performances he has delivered this year, with Adelaide keen on bringing the South Australian native back home.
Regardless of club, expect a big payday for Grundy over the next year or so.