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Report: Geelong "has been linked" to Brisbane ruckman

2018-09-14T17:31+10:00

AFL.com.au journalist Mitch Cleary believes Geelong could go all-out in pursuit of an elite ruckman in the trade period to fix their struggles at the position.

In particular, Cleary said the Cats are looking at Brisbane's Stefan Martin.

“This one is interesting. Rhys Stanley has all but secured and all but agreed to a two-year deal,” Cleary told Sportsday SA.

“Luke Dahlhaus is coming in and Gary Rohan. You just think this might be a never-ending salary cap down at the Cats.

“They were exposed later this year when Ryan Abbott had to go up against Max Gawn in the ruck. Stefan Martin has been linked.

“Personally, I think that’s a longshot considering he’s 32, but Chris Scott and his list management team has been known to go for the now.

“Having lost nine of their last 12 finals, it wouldn’t surprise if they are trying to top up and go all out for a premiership.”

Stanley once again struggled with injury, while Zac Smith only managed three games and couldn't earn an AFL recall.

Martin averaged 19 disposals, 34 hit-outs and five clearances in 2018 and could be tempted to join Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood, Gary Ablett and Mitch Duncan in Geelong’s midfield.

Listen to Mitch Cleary’s trade update on Sportsday SA below:

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