AFL Medias Cal Twomey has revealed new details on the Melbourne trade for Brodie Grundy.
After being touted for months, it’s almost certain that Grundy will become a Demon next Wednesday, with football’s Collingwood GM Graham Wright saying so much about AFL Trade Radio Monday morning.
The Magpies want to write Grundy’s hefty salary off the books, but would like to pay up to $300,000 of his deal a year. The 28-year-old has a contract until the end of 2027.
“I think Collingwood is pushing … for a top 25 pick for Brodie Grundy, so an early second round,” said Twomey Sports day.
“Obviously there will be a number of other factors involved in this step. There will be how much Collingwood is willing to top up his deal over the next five years as he has been paid nearly a million dollars over the next five years (per season) for the remainder of his contract… those discussions.
“Graham Wright… was quite open about (saying) that’s where he expects Brodie Grundy to play in Melbourne next year, Melbourne list manager Tim Lamb shared the same sentiment when he also faced the press earlier today.
“I think it’s done. I imagine what the choice will be, when Melbourne has choice 33. They will try to get that on the board, they also need to see what comes through the deal with Luke Jackson , and that could be a factor in how this one turns out in the end.
“But I think despite all the intentions and appearances we saw the last of Brodie Grundy at Collingwood.
As Melbourne prepares to take on Grundy, the club risks losing midfielder James Harmes sevens Mitch Cleary reports that the 26-year-old is considering his options.
Harmes spent less time on the ball in 2022 compared to the year before and despite his contract with the Demons still running for two years, he is reportedly considering making a trade request.
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“Melbourne midfielder James Harmes is a man in demand and has had a chat with Essendon as he considers whether to ask for a swap,” he said. 7 News.
“The 26-year-old has two years left on his Demons deal so they should tick off a move but his midfield minutes have dried up with Angus Brayshaw’s move to the engine room.”
Harmes played 21 games in 2022 averaging 16.3 disposals and 3.3 within 50s per appearance.