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Weideman expected to join Dons in possible three-way deal, Bruce going nowhere


Melbourne’s Sam Weideman is expected to join Essendon before Wednesday night’s trade deadline.

The 25-year-old forward is being heavily linked with a move to the Bombers after finding opportunities hard to come by at Melbourne.

Weideman’s manager Ben Williams says he expects Weideman to join the Dons who could lose Aaron Francis to Sydney.

“Yeah I do (expect him to move),” he said on SEN Breakfast.

“There’s a lot of goodwill between the clubs. Originally it was only a conversation between Essendon and Melbourne, but Sydney are potentially involved in this one now.

“I’ve had conversations with all three clubs last night and they were all speaking fairly positively but there’s a little more that has to give today for that to happen I think.”

Williams alluded to a possible three-way deal involving the Demons, Dons and Swans.

“They (the Swans) are trying to get Aaron Francis out of Essendon,” he added.

“Sometimes, as you know, it can’t be just a straight two-way deal, you need a third party to give a bit and take a bit to make everyone happy.”

Weideman was drafted by the Dees with pick 9 in 2015 and he has played 59 games over seven seasons.

Francis was the no.6 pick in the same draft and has managed 54 games in the same timeframe.


Another of Williams’ clients, Western Bulldogs forward Josh Bruce, has also been floated around in trade circles given that his club is attempting to recruit Rory Lobb from Fremantle.

However, the 30-year-old former Giant and Saint will not be joining a fourth AFL club anytime soon and could even find himself in defence at times in 2023.

“Josh is committed to playing at the Dogs,” said Williams.

“He’s got another year to go on his contract. He had a great year in 2021 until he did his ACL.

“The aim was just for him to come back and play a little bit of football in 2022, which he did. I know Josh is training really hard at the moment and looking to make a big impact there.

“I think he’ll have a chat with ‘Bevo’, he might either play in defence or up forward so that remains to be seen.”


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