Izak Rankine Adelaide Crows, Dyson Heppell Gold Coast Suns, Brodie Grundy, Elliott Himmelberg

The race for Izak Rankine’s services has taken a huge turn after a massive offer from a rival club.

In addition, the Suns are reportedly interested in Bombers skipper Dyson Heppell.

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Izak Rankine will play “100 per cent” for Adelaide next season, longtime South Australian journalist Michelangelo Rucci reports.

Speaking of SEN SA’s The Run Home, Rucci claimed that the Crows will make Rankine the highest paid player on their list by 2023, giving him $900,000. It’s unclear if that’s a front-loaded salary.

Foxfooty.com.au The Herald Sun’s report confirmed last night that the Crows had offered Rankine a five-year contract worth a whopping $800,000 per season.

“You can go to 100 per cent (that he will play for Adelaide next year). 100 percent,” said Rucci.

“To the point where Essendon, who was the other stakeholder, was told not to call again. Port Adelaide was told we’re not even meeting you.

“And the numbers thrown at Essendon and Port Adelaide to let you know you’re wasting your time – so Gold Coast has put $650,000 on the table. Adelaide makes Izak Rankine the highest paid player on the list next year at $900,000 per season.

“Stuart Dew isn’t happy, so they’re going to dig.”

Picking No. 3 in the 2018 draft, Rankine showed signs of his potential early in his career, but has launched himself into the league’s elite in 2022 with some sensational football.

According to the Herald Sun report, there’s a good chance Rankine will play for the Crows next year, given the size of the offerings.

Since Rankine is not a free agent, it provides the basis for a fascinating trade-time negotiation between the Suns and Crows.

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The Gold Coast Suns love Essendon skipper and unrestricted free agent Dyson Heppell, reports AFL Media.

The 30-year-old had to wait until recent weeks to receive a one-year contract offer from the Bombers amid interest from rival clubs.

Being an unrestricted free agent, Heppell can walk to another side without making a trade.

The veteran played all 19 games for the Bombers this season, averaging 22.7 disposals and 6.8 points per game.

Essendon coach Ben Rutten said in July that a new deal for Heppell “will not be far off”.

“Yeah, (we want him at the club next year) absolutely. We’re currently talking to Dyson about what that looks like, so that won’t be too far off,” he said.

“We’ve been pretty clear with ‘Dys’ and communicated with him about it.”


Dual All-Australian Kane Cornes believes Dan McStay’s scoreless performance against Richmond is a “warning sign” for Collingwood in his hunt for free agent Lion.

The Magpies are closely linked with McStay on a $3 million five-year deal in a move that would give the club a new marker key forward.

But after McStay was held scoreless against the Tigers for the eighth time this year, Cornes called on Collingwood to reconsider his bid for the 27-year-old.

“It’s another example for Collingwood, it’s a warning sign,” he said on Channel 9’s Footy classified.

“You have to see McStay on the big stage and it is the eighth time this year that he has been goalless in 16 games.

“This is what you get, a player who has kicked 16 goals.”

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Cornes went on to say that he believes there is a “contract cheat” in the AFL where players’ value only increases because they are out of contract.

The Port great has pointed to several deals in the past where he believes players have been overpaid, including Gold Coast’s Rory Atkins (five years, about $2 million), North Melbourne’s Jared Polec (five years, $3.5 million) and Aidan Corr (five years, $2.75 million) and Tom Boyd of Western Bulldogs (seven years, $7 million), adding that he “can’t believe” has given Melbourne Angus Brayshaw a six-year extension.

“The contract cheat is when you pay for a Mercedes, but you get a Toyota. Your value only goes up because you’re out of a contract,” he said.

“There are some names this year – Karl Amon, I hear five years on $650,000 – they (suiters) have yet to realize that for every third possession he returns it to the opposition.

“Luke Jackson is the same, he’s in a very normal shape. I understand why you’d pay him, but you’re paying more than he’s worth. (Jordan) De Goey is the same and McStay.”


Port Adelaide has emerged as a suitor for Brodie Grundy if the star ruck wants to be traded at the end of the season, reports 7 News Melbourne.

Multiple reports have indicated that Grundy’s management is preparing to be asked by Collingwood about the opportunity to trade the double All-Australian, even though he has a contract with the club until the end of 2027 for a deal worth around $1. million per season.

Collingwood coach Craig McRae stated on Fox Footy’s last week AFL 360 he wanted Grundy at the club next season, but remained tight-lipped about whether he was in the business.

The Giants are reportedly interested in Grundy – speculation that grew last month when Grundy’s manager met with Giants football boss Jason McCartney, where the future of the double All-Australian was reportedly discussed.

But 7 News Melbourne reported that Power was also monitoring Grundy’s situation.

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“Port Adelaide is interested in where Grundy will end up and his trading status at the end of the year,” reporter Tom Browne told reporters. 7 News Melbourne. “But at this stage the Powers don’t see Grundy leaving Victoria

“If Grundy approves, Collingwood is expected to gauge his trading interest after the season.”

Power premiership player Kane Cornes last month flagged his old club as a suitable destination for Grundy should he be willing to move home, telling SEN Breakfast the Power “could definitely use” Grundy, adding: “He would be in Port Adelaide passes and over from Scott Lycett.”


Crows forward Elliott Himmelberg has been identified by Fremantle as a potential trade takeover, SEN SA reports.

The Dockers are bracing to lose goalkeeper Rory Lobb, who is expected to request a trade at the end of the season despite still being contracted with Freo.

Himmelberg, 24, scored four goals in Adelaide’s wins over the Power and Tigers earlier this season, but struggled for seniority this year with Riley Thilthorpe, Taylor Walker and Darcy Fogarty as the preferred key combination.

Next, Fremantle is reportedly keeping an eye on Himmelberg, who has kicked 38 goals from just 37 games since being taken with Pick 51 in the 2016 draft.

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“Fremantle is putting together a list of how they overcome the problems of what they do or don’t have in an attack,” veteran journalist Michelangelo Rucci told SEN SAs. The Run Home.

“And the player they identify – I stress identifying them, so they do their due diligence – is Adelaide’s Elliott Himmelberg. He’s out of a contract, they think he’s right for them.

“We know he is a tall player who can play forward and ruck – they want him as a striker. They urgently need to support their attack.

“He’s growing with interest at Fremantle.”


St Kilda coach Brett Ratten insists his club’s interest in Jordan De Goey has not waned, even as the board has yet to approve a chase of Collingwood’s free agent.

Earlier this week it was announced that the Saints board had asked the football department for more information about De Goey, who will no longer have a contract at the end of the season and will be eligible for free agency.

The age reported that the board wanted clarity on how De Goey would fit into the club’s playlist, as well as his leadership and values.

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But Ratten denied that this was a sign that the club had cooled off chasing De Goey, saying it was perfectly normal for the board to ask questions about the star Magpie before potentially recruiting him.

“It doesn’t matter if we hire new staff or players, we have to do things along the board and they have a right to challenge and ask questions and see where we stand,” Ratten said.

“He’s very talented, but we’re still working on that.”

Geelong has also been associated with De Goey.

— with NCA Newswire

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