Alastair Clarkson is doing everything he can to speed up the rebuilding of North Melbourne.
Additionally, two major contracted stars continue to feature prominently in the commercial period.
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CLARKO YET ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE
Greater Western Sydney youngster Tanner Bruhn is believed to be the latest player Alastair Clarkson has approached in a bid to bolster North Melbourne’s roster.
Reports this week suggest Clarkson has already sounded out St Kilda’s Ben Long and West Coast’s Junior Rioli over moves to Arden Street, while Brad Hill is also considering a move despite three years to complete a deal with the Saints.
Bruhn has yet to renew his tenure with the Giants beyond the two-year deal he joined the club on when he selected it with the No. 12 pick in the 2020 draft.
The Age reports Clarkson has spoken with Bruhn, who is likely to return to Victoria during the trade period despite the Giants’ best efforts to sway his thinking.
Geelong is among clubs interested in Bruhn and is also set to land teammate Jacob Hopper, while Tim Taranto is likely to name Richmond as his club of choice, with an estimated bid of over $700,000 per season.
Richmond assistant coach Adam Kinglsey is finishing his last duties at the club before taking on the role of head coach of the Giants.
SUNS SIGHTS SET ON DUSTY IF COMMERCIAL DEMAND COMES
Richmond remain confident Dustin Martin will play for the team in 2023, but Gold Coast are emerging as an interested suitor should the superstar file for a trade.
Martin still has two years on a contract worth about $1.3 million per season, but he’s been tied to an interstate move for personal reasons.
Speaking on Fox Footy, Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph said the Tigers expected Martin to stay at the club, but the Suns were a potentially interested party.
“Brendon Gale’s Richmond is adamant that Dustin Martin will be at the club and see out his two-year deal for around $2.6 million. His friends in Richmond believe that is also the case and he is showing no signs that he wants to leave,” he said.
“But – and it’s a big but – if he wanted to go to a club like Gold Coast, I think they would be a suitor for him.
“They certainly haven’t spoken to him – Ralph Carr, his manager, is in Los Angeles – and yet I think they feel like if he wanted to leave the fishbowl they certainly have choices, they have the salary cap room, they should mix some things up.
“They just lost Izak Rankine from a marketing and prospect perspective as well. I think it’s definitely long, I think he’s very likely to stay, but he has a suitor.
GRUNDY SUITOR UP TO ONE
Brodie Grundy is set to play for Melbourne next year if he leaves Collingwood, reports the Herald Sun.
Grundy has five years to strike a lucrative deal, but has met the Dees and is increasingly likely to part ways with the Pies, who would pay part of his salary cap as part of a deal.
Melbourne’s interest in Grundy hinges on Luke Jackson, who will most likely play in Western Australia next year, with Fremantle leading the West Coast in the race for his services.
Geelong and Port Adelaide were initially among the clubs vying for Grundy, but the 28-year-old wants to stay at Victoria, while the Cats have instead focused their efforts on Greater Western Sydney player Jacob Hopper.