The Cats approached Carlton about trading pick nine for pick 14 and a pick in the 30s, a deal the Blues rejected. They have not offered the Blues pick 24 with 14 in return for nine.
Greater Western Sydney remains interested, too, in trading higher than pick No.6, to effectively land two top players, rather than one, with highly-rated academy player Tom Green expected to be bid on earlier than their pick No.6.
Some potential trades – which clubs expect to happen at the two-day draft, rather than in the days before – are linked to either father-son recruits or academy players. Hawthorn holds pick No.11, but have made plain that they will not match a first-round bid for their father-son Finn Maginness, who is rated later than that choice by the majority of clubs.
The Adelaide Crows have pick No.4 and shape as the club most likely to entertain a swap for pick No.6. Gold Coast, committed to close friends Rowell and Anderson, will not trade picks one and two, while Melbourne has placed a very high premium on pick No.3. The Demons have the option of drafting the highly-mobile West Australian follower Luke Jackson, defender Lachie Ash or a host of others at pick No.3.
The Sydney Swans are interested in Green, who is based in Canberra. Recruiting sources say they are a serious chance to use their pick No.5 to bid on Green, an inside midfielder who would replace Josh Kennedy in that role. The Giants could match that bid with later picks, but what they wish to avoid is using their first pick on Green, the grandson of ex-Richmond premiership hero from the ’60s and ’70s, Michael Green.
Port Adelaide is another club that holds multiple picks in the first 30 – 12, 18 and 29. But while the Power has held talks about swaps, they say they’re happy to go to the draft pick No.12. They have access to father-son Jackson Mead in the draft.
The Brisbane Lions holds picks 16, 21 and 34 and thus have the potential for in-draft trading, while the Suns have picks 15 and 20.