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Why Richmond is "genuinely interested" in pick deal and the club that's already knocked them back


Richmond remains “genuinely interested” in strengthening their draft hand even further, according to AFL Media’s Callum Twomey.

The Tigers enter this year’s player exchange and draft period with two first and two second-round picks.

While on paper the club would be relishing taking four top picks to the draft, Twomey revealed that Adelaide was approached about doing a potential pick swap deal to unlock the Jordan Dawson deal, following the Sydney winger’s trade request to the Crows.

“I think they’re genuinely interested (in moving up the draft),” he said on AFL Trade Radio’s Trade Exchange.

“They put something to the Crows, they knocked it back and that would’ve been a help to unlock the Jordan Dawson deal, that could have appeased the Swans in what they’re trying to get (in that deal) as well.

“Adelaide has picks four and 23 so I think there’s a middle ground there that has to be found.

“What a great hand Richmond has, they can (keep it) and still be in a pretty good spot, but if you can work your way up… if you look at what Melbourne did in 2015 (by trading up to land) Clayton Oliver, they worked their way up in the draft with that pick.”

Richmond General Manager of Football Performance Tim Livingstone said the club’s current draft picks afforded them extra flexibility to improve their position in both the 2021 and 2022 National Draft’s.

“The strong draft (hand) gives us the flexibility to maximises our position this year and next year,” he said on Sportsday.

“We’ll see what comes up with free agency and trade, we’ll see where everyone sits in respect to other clubs (in the coming weeks).”

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