Martin is also well paid under his current contract and money is unlikely to be a major decider of what he does; rather, it will be a decision largely about his football future.
While Martin looked at a trade last year, this was before then-Giant Dylan Shiel had nominated the Bombers as his preferred destination. Once Shiel was earmarked for Essendon, the Dons could no longer consider Martin, given both the draft cost and the immediate tightening of their salary cap.
While Essendon are no less attractive than they were last year, it is unclear how the Bombers would find a way to trade for Martin if they were again his club of choice given they have given up their first pick in 2019 for Shiel and have the salary cap constraints of a talented team.
When Carlton made the contentious decision to swap first-round picks with Adelaide in exchange for the rights to Liam Stocker, the Blues were mindful of various factors, including that they might trade their first round pick for a seasoned player in 2019 – indeed, their 2019 first pick was on the table for Shiel during the trade period, because there was no chance they would part with pick No.1 and the rights to elite teen Sam Walsh.
While Martin is originally a West Australian, West Coast and Fremantle have not shown as much interest as some of the Melbourne clubs. Richmond and Melbourne have not shown interest in Martin as yet.
Gold Coast’s decision to refuse to entertain a trade of Martin last October was clearly influenced by the loss of skipper Tom Lynch to Richmond as a free agent and their decision to trade co-captain Steven May to Melbourne when he was under contract.
Martin is averaging 20.2 disposals and just under five tackles in his six matches in what has been only an adequate opening to the season for a player of his talent. He is still only 24 and, as a six-season player, will not be a free agent until at least 2021.