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Blues, Suns to get access to top state league players

Werribee's Josh Corbett with the 2018 Fothergill-Round-Mitchell Medal - AFL,Carlton Blues,Gold Coast Suns
Werribee's Josh Corbett with the 2018 Fothergill-Round-Mitchell Medal

CARLTON and Gold Coast will be given special "outside national draft" access to the top state league players as part of assistance packages signed off by the AFL Commission. 

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Under the plan, the bottom two teams from this season will be able to recruit, or on-trade, the state league players without giving up a draft pick. 

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It is believed the Blues and the Suns will have the right to on-trade the players they identify, in exchange for draft picks from other clubs. 

While the AFL commission thrashed out the matter at today’s annual Brownlow Medal day meeting, it is understood full details of the assistance packages are still being analysed. 

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Both Carlton and Gold Coast will get access to at least one player each under this assistance package. 

The Suns were hoping for permission to add or on-trade three state league players.

While the Suns are expected to use the handouts to select mature-age players, the Blues are set to explore the opportunity to create a bidding war between clubs.

For example, if more than one rival club has its sights set on a mature-age player, the Blues would opt to accept the best trade selection on offer between multiple clubs.

Werribee's VFL duo Josh Corbett and Sam Collins are understood to be on the radar of the Suns in the upcoming off-season.