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GWS “digging in” with top-10 Caldwell request


The GWS Giants are in no mood to allow Jye Caldwell to walk to Essendon on the cheap.

SEN’s Sam Edmund reported on AFL Trade Radio on Thursday that “Essendon has offered a future second-round pick… (but) GWS has told Essendon they want more”.

He has followed up today with a fresh report that the Giants have made it clear they want a top-10 draft pick if the 20-year-old midfielder is to leave the club.

“They’ve got Jye Caldwell convinced he wants play for Essendon, we know that,” Edmund said on SEN’s The Captain’s Run.

“Essendon have offered a future second-round pick, GWS have told them they want more.

“I can tell you how much more they want - they want a top-10 pick.

“That’s what they’ve asked for, for a player who was pick 11 in 2018, they’ve put two years of development into him.

“GWS, they’re dirty on it. They’re dirty on a lot of things so they’re digging in here on Jye Caldwell.

“Essendon’s stance is take it or leave it with the future second-round, we’ll walk him through the pre-season draft if we have to.

“That didn’t sit overly well with the Caldwell camp, young kid, a bit of anxiety there, you can understand that.

“I think a deal will get done eventually. You can understand GWS’ reluctance given they’ve had players leave at one end of the age bracket and now they’ve had two of their first three picks (including Jackson Hately) in the 2018 draft as well.

“They’re not in the mood to just roll over.”

Bendigo Pioneers product Caldwell, who debuted in 2019, has played 11 games for the Giants including nine in 2020.

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