North Melbourne has landed prized father-son selection Luke McDonald but they are unsure of St Kilda’s plans for veteran midfielder Nick Dal Santo.
North is keen to secure the three-time All-Australian but it is understood St Kilda is pushing for an early draft choice for the 29-year-old, who is happy to stay at the club but also open to moving. Dal Santo has activated a trigger clause meaning he is contracted to the Saints for 2014, but could be released from that and moved as a free agent.
Kangaroos coach Brad Scott said his club had ”held up our end of the bargain”.
”I think Nick is very much in discussions with St Kilda as to what’s best for that club. Nick, quite rightly, is a St Kilda player and he wants to do what’s best by St Kilda,” Scott said.
”I think once both parties have come to an agreement as to which is the best way to go for their club, then they’ll let us know. But we’ve registered our interest, we really like him, we think he’d fit into our playing group really well. But it’s a matter for St Kilda and Nick to work that out.”
Former Kangaroo Luke Delaney wants to join the Saints, with the two clubs opening discussions on a deal. This could involve a trade for Dal Santo.
”Luke’s nominated St Kilda as his club of choice. Now again, St Kilda have got to come forward and basically put a deal to us,” Scott said. ”We’re really keen to help Luke get to his club of choice. We really rate him as a person so we’d like to see him get another go somewhere else.”
In other trade news, Brisbane must work several trades, with Billy Longer requesting a trade to Hawthorn, Elliot Yeo keen to play for West Coast next year and Sam Docherty hoping to be traded back to a Victorian club. Carlton is understood to be the running defender’s preference, with Essendon a possibility should the Bombers move Stewart Crameri to the Western Bulldogs.
The Lions have asked Hawthorn for a first-round pick in return for Longer but are also open to bringing in replacement players and not simply looking to load up on draft picks.
Clubs consider the coming national draft to be reasonably weak, meaning draft picks beyond the third round have little to no value.
Greater Western Sydney has asked for pick 21 for defender Josh Bruce, a former zone player who is out of contract after playing 14 games in two years. Sam Fisher has been linked with the Giants, but their current priority is Collingwood defender Heath Shaw.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.