AFTER scrambling for much of the NAB AFL Trade Period to find the top-10 pick Geelong is demanding for Tim Kelly, West Coast appears set to sit on its original offer of picks 20 and 22.
The Eagles offered Geelong its first two picks in this year's NAB AFL Draft almost as soon as the Trade Period opened.
When the Cats insisted on a top-10 pick for the contracted midfielder, West Coast explored trades with teams holding picks in and around the top 10, including the Bulldogs who hold pick No.7.
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But with teams such as Port Adelaide (picks 6 and 10) and Adelaide (No.8 and No.13) looking to improve their positions in the draft rather than split picks, and others such as Essendon (No.9) and Fremantle (No.11) looking to use their selections in trades, the Eagles have come up empty.
West Coast is reluctant to include future picks in the deal. Given their lean hand in this year's draft – their third pick does not fall until No.61 – the Eagles want to hold on to their 2019 selection, so they don't bypass top-end young talent two years in a row.
Picks 20 and 22 have a combined value of 1757 points on the AFL draft index, which is the equivalent of pick No.6.
The Eagles believe it is a fair offer for the 24-year-old midfielder, who was a revelation as a mature-age recruit this year, finishing equal second in Geelong's best and fairest award.
They also feel they have exhausted all reasonable options to convert those picks into the earlier selection the Cats are after.
With two days remaining until Wednesday's 8.30pm trade deadline, it seems the ball is now in Geelong's court.
Barring a late compromise, the Cats can either accept the Eagles' offer or hold Kelly to the remaining year of his contract.
They would do so knowing Kelly would almost certainly return home to Western Australia at the end of 2019, given his strong desire to relocate his young family back among his support network of relatives and friends in WA.
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Power's waiting game
PORT Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley and assistant Michael Voss' study trip to the USA has come at a perfect time as they attempt to lure Hawthorn swingman Ryan Burton to Alberton.
The pair have used the friendly time zone to keep in constant dialogue with the 21-year-old Hawk, along with senior members of the Power side scattered all over the globe.
Given the tick of approval in his Power medical assessment on Sunday night in Las Vegas (Monday Australian time), Burton will await a formal offer before deciding whether to stay or depart.
Burton has had to juggle multiple time zones, including regular contact with coach Alastair Clarkson in Ireland and his management in Melbourne.
It is understood Burton will be seeking a four- or five-year deal, should he opt to move to the Power, the club he supported as a junior.
While the Power leadership group has been in communication with Burton, Hamish Hartlett's connection from the pair's time at Sacred Heart College is also expected to be influential.
Burton is then expected to travel later in the week to play golf with senior Hawks players including captain Jarryd Roughead.
It's May or Beams for the Pies
Player agent Paul Connors has put Collingwood's pursuit of Dayne Beams back in the Pies' court as they seek to land a suitable trade for the 2010 premiership hero.
With Beams seeking to break his contract at Brisbane with two years to run, Collingwood has reportedly offered this year's pick 18 and a future second-round selection to the Lions, one that was knocked back.
Connors believes it's now up to the Pies to give the Lions a reason to entertain a deal for the 28-year-old midfielder.
"I've had brief conversations with Brisbane along those line, it's definitely a 50-50 to see what might happen," Connors told AFL.com.au.
"I think it's really up to Collingwood probably to see if they've got strong interest, they've got a lot of things playing out.
"They've just signed Tom Langdon so that might've been a surprise to them in the end.
"They've got to work out if it's Steven May or if it's Dayne Beams and time will tell over the next few days."
Dayne Beams wants to return to Victoria and play with his original club. Picture: AFL Photos
The contracted May continues to sit and wait on his future, believed to be still open to a move to Melbourne should the Demons be able to satisfy the Suns with a trade.
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The Suns would almost certainly pocket an early first-round compensation pick if they hold May to his contract and wait for him to leave as a free agent at the end of 2019.
So Melbourne is hoping to get its hands on Brisbane's pick No.5 to satisfy Gold Coast, but is reliant on (a) Fremantle midfielder Lachie Neale's trade to the Lions going through and (b) the Dockers agreeing to pass on pick No.5 for Jesse Hogan.
With just two days remaining before Wednesday's trade deadline, both trades appear a long way from getting done.
Collingwood, too, faces a hard task in brokering a trade with the Suns for May.
The Magpies have not given up on signing the key defender, but would have to find something more valuable than pick No.18 to tempt the Suns.
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In other news:
- After a quiet day of trading on Monday, Gold Coast midfielder Aaron Hall is expected to become a Kangaroo on Tuesday in exchange for a late pick, most likely North's No.68 selection.
- Hawk forward Ryan Schoenmakers remains hopeful of remaining at Waverley on a one-year deal, but his future won't be decided until the end of the Trade Period.
- Collingwood veteran Tyson Goldsack remains confident of playing on in 2019, with a one-year deal expected to be confirmed after Wednesday's trade deadline.
- Gold Coast and Melbourne should finalise a deal on Tuesday that sends Suns defender Kade Kolodjashnij to AAMI Park.
- Western Bulldogs list manager Sam Power told NAB AFL Trade Radio the club had been in "positive discussions" with Brisbane about a trade for key defender Marcus Adams. It's understood the clubs are closer to finalising to a pick swap that will see Adams make his way to the Gabba.
- Gold Coast beware. Port Adelaide list manager Jason Cripps issued a warning on Monday, suggesting if the Suns land highly rated SA pair Jack Lukosius or Izak Rankine in this year's National Draft the Power will do their best to lure them home once their initial two-year contracts expired.
- Essendon and Greater Western Sydney continued discussions over Dylan Shiel on Monday, with one party suggesting to AFL.com.au the negotiations were only just getting started and set for the long haul. A Wednesday deal awaits.
- Gold Coast locked away its third and final mature-age access selection, landing former Fremantle defender Sam Collins.
- Sam Lloyd's move from Punt Road to Whitten Oval was formalised, pick 64 exchanging hands for the 28-year-old to become a Bulldog on a two-year deal.
- Carlton confirmed homesick defender Ciaran Byrne would not be returning the Ikon Park to play out the remainder of his contract with the Blues. Injuring himself playing Gaelic football over the weekend, Byrne has decided to end his AFL career, along with countryman Cillian McDaid.