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GOLD Coast is "optimistic" of bringing Paul Seedsman and Jeremy Howe to the club in the upcoming NAB Trade Period, football operations manager Marcus Ashcroft says.

The Suns are already resigned to losing Harley Bennell during the trade period with the talented midfielder requesting a trade to Fremantle, while ruckman Zac Smith wants to join Geelong.

Ashcroft said the Suns will try and accommodate both players when the trade period opened on Monday.

But he also said that the club had already spoken to Seedsman and Howe, as well as their respective clubs Collingwood and Melbourne, about the prospect of the two joining the Suns.

"We've spoken to Paul," Ashcroft told SEN on Thursday.

"We've been open with Collingwood about that. They're aware that we've spoken to Paul along with other clubs. We're optimistic.

"We've had a chat with Jeremy. Again, we've been open and transparent with Melbourne and again they're aware of that. We're interested. We think he'd be a valuable acquisition to our footy club."

Ashcroft said that the Suns had not entered discussions with Fremantle yet as they need to formally sit down with Bennell and his manager Colin Young.

Ashcroft was confident that Bennell would play some really good football in the future but he said the Suns were comfortable with the decision to let him go.

"We think Harley will still play some valuable footy somewhere," Ashcroft said.

"We know he's a talent on-field. But our footy club has had to make some really tough calls and we know compared to 12 months ago we're in a much better position to have some success in 2016."

Ashcroft said the club would try and help Smith get to Geelong after he nominated the Cats as the club of his choice.

He also confirmed that Daniel Gorringe would likely move on from the Suns after playing just two matches this season.

Ashcroft said the club would try and facilitate a move back to South Australia after Gorringe failed to get to Port Adelaide last year.