The West Coast Eagles have released an emphatic club statement dismissing trade rumours regarding a trio of players.

A Friday evening report claimed the Eagles have placed Jack Darling on the trade table in hopes of facilitating a fruitful trade of the No. 1 overall draft pick.

Darling, a seasoned forward who has played 277 games and kicked 510 goals for the Eagles, was understood to be available via a potential deal including offloading Pick 1.

As North Melbourne eyes a trade-up to the draft's first spot, Darling is an additional asset on offer to the Kangaroos, according to a report authored by The West Australian journalist Glen Quartermain on Friday evening.

Clearly, while the centrepiece of such an exchange would be the opportunity to acquire prodigious midfield talent Harley Reid with the No. 1 overall selection, sweetening the deal with Darling allows West Coast the chance at securing additional valuable draft capital from the Roos, whose hand at November's count is strong.

However, West Coast has rebuffed Quartermain's report and others alike, including those that claim Elliott Yeo and Liam Duggan are on offer to rival clubs this off-season.

"Media speculation about the club discussing trades involving Elliot Yeo, Jack Darling, and Liam Duggan are completely unfounded and untrue," the Eagles stated via X on Saturday afternoon.

North Melbourne presently boasts picks 2, 3, 15, 17, 18, 57, and 65 at the 2023 National Draft, with its No. 3 choice just recently gained after the AFL awarded the Kangaroos 'Band One' compensation for the free agency loss of defender Ben McKay to Essendon.

The Roos are also the beneficiaries of a second consecutive AFL assistance package, having also been granted help in 2022 as a result of their on and off-field struggles.


North has already done a significant amount of business this off-season, adding midfielder Dylan Stephens (Sydney) and forward Zac Fisher (Carlton) via trades and defender Toby Pink as a delisted free agent. Alternatively, in addition to McKay, the Shinboners offloaded Todd Goldstein to the Bombers via free agency.

Meanwhile, Melbourne and Hawthorn -- in addition to the Roos -- were also clubs floated by Quartermain that shape as candidates to trade up the order for the chance to snag Reid.

The Demons, whose own first-rounder sits at No. 11 in the order, also hold Fremantle's No. 6 selection as a result of last year's Luke Jackson exchange, bolstering Melbourne's claim to possibly move up for the Bendigo Pioneers product.

The Hawks possess Pick 4, as well as future selections if they were to consider a grand trade with the Eagles.

Night one of this year's count is scheduled for Monday, November 20, with night two to follow suit on Tuesday, November 21.