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Player agent says clubs “watching this space” on “frustrated” Demon


AFL player agent Brett Deledio says his client Adam Tomlinson is willing to move from Melbourne in search of senior opportunities elsewhere.

Tomlinson, 29, has a year remaining on his contract with the Demons but played only eight games in 2022, featuring 14 times in Casey’s VFL premiership campaign.

With 168 AFL games under his belt, Deledio says that Tomlinson simply wants to be playing at the top level and will “entertain” a move if a club offers him the opportunity to do so.

For now, Deledio says his client’s future is in the hands of Melbourne list boss Tim Lamb.

“Yep, at the moment we’re sort of in the hands of Tim Lamb and the Dees,” Deledio said on AFL Trade Radio.

“We’ve been (trying) to get something and another club to participate I suppose.

“For Thommo, look, he’s a contracted player, he loves the boys, loves the club, but he’s frustrated that he’s not playing senior footy.

“You can understand that. It’s unfortunate with his injury and spending 12 months on the sidelines, but sometimes a knee reconstruction can take you a little while to get back up to playing your best footy.

“He played some solid footy this year, was one of the best in the VFL with the flag that they won but Thommo wants to be playing senior footy at the age that he is.

“If someone comes, we’ll entertain it and have a look at it to see if it works best for both parties.

“But essentially, he’s contracted and happy to stay there if nothing comes about.”

With Tomlinson happy to leave Melbourne, Deledio was asked whether any rival clubs had approached him about his client’s services.

“There’s a few that are watching this space,” Deledio said.

“That’s in terms of what else they can get done and where the cards fall.

“Obviously, we’ve seen Griffin Logue go to North Melbourne and Cordy go to the Saints, there’s a couple of key backs.

“Whether or not those two clubs (Fremantle and Western Bulldogs) are looking to bolster their backline.

“Obviously, he comes as a pretty solid player that can do his job, but he’s also got some great IP from what he’s learned at Melbourne … they’ve been really great and sound under (Troy) Chaplin and (Simon) Goodwin.

“I feel for him, he works incredibly hard to be at the front of every training session with the work he puts in.

“But unfortunately, he’s behind a couple of pretty handy players at the Dees.

“In the same breath, you can know things change very quickly.”

Tomlinson joined the Demons after 140 games with the Giants as a free agent at the end of 2019 on a deal worth reportedly $500,000 a season.

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