Leading AFL journalist Callum Twomey has provided an update on a number of curious trade and contract situations around the league.
Melbourne star Angus Brayshaw, North Melbourne forward Cam Zurhaar, Gold Coast’s strong draft hand and more all analysed.
See his update below:
Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne)
“He’s put off talks for the first half of the year, but obviously been really good for the Dees in that role across half-back,” Twomey told SEN Breakfast.
“He’s looking forward to getting it out of the way, because that’s all anyone wants to talk about. I think that’s a pretty good sign in what lies ahead for him at the Demons.
“Still no timeline, but I think there’s a strong likelihood that he’ll be at the Dees next year. He’s a restricted free agent, but Melbourne has its bye in Round 14 … I’d expect some movement by then.”
Gold Coast’s huge draft hand
“They loaded up (on future picks) because they had such a full list, so they had to move some things and make some things happen to make sure they could get into this year’s draft.
“They actually hold four picks inside the first 33 picks of this year’s draft and six picks inside the first 45 picks.
“For me, they’re the club to watch at the end of the year because they have such a strong hand. They can either package it all up and trade them out for players or they can package them up and try and get up the draft order to get another early pick.
“I think it puts them in a strong position to be active and be creative with what they do.”
Jack Hayes (St Kilda)
“The Saints have moved quickly to lock him into a new deal and give him some assurances about what’s ahead.
“My colleague Josh Gabelich is reporting that Hayes has agreed to a two-year deal through to the end of 2024.”
Cam Zurhaar (North Melbourne)
“It’s more of a wait and see situation here. I think that’s been the plan from a while out. There hasn’t been any rush to any talks.
“I don’t think there’s necessarily a club that’s got anything locked in for him, I think there’s a reasonable chance he remains at North Melbourne, but don’t expect those talks to be happening until later in the year.
“And I think that’s been the plan throughout the whole campaign, it’s not necessarily been dependent on the Roos’ form.
“He’s obviously got the pull of WA, but I don’t think there’s anything lined up right now.”