A MASSIVE news day pushed trade activity into the background in the past 24 hours.

There were no surprises as Melbourne defender James Frawley finally informed the Demons he would test the free agency waters.

The 26-year-old is understood to be headed to either Hawthorn or Geelong.

Melbourne wasted no time revealing its interest in Brisbane Lions big man Daniel Merrett and young Greater Western Sydney backman Sam Frost to cover for Frawley's exit.

As Fremantle and the Sydney Swans swung the axe and announced their delistings, Swans champion Adam Goodes reportedly informed the club he will go around one last time next season, according to the Herald Sun.

Swans defender Nick Malceski is being chased by Gold Coast, West Coast and a Melbourne-based club, the report says.

Meanwhile, Port Adelaide declared it has room in its big-man department to accommodate Paddy Ryder and Daniel Gorringe as the ruck merry-go-round continues.

Hawks' ruck depth squeezes Lowden
Hawthorn ruckman Luke Lowden is the latest big man wishing to explore his options in the market after being starved of opportunities at the back-to-back premiers.

The Herald Sun is reporting Lowden, who kicked three goals on debut against West Coast, is prepared to leave Waverley.

After six seasons at the Hawks, the 204cm big man has played just that solitary match.

He is fourth in line for a ruck spot at the Hawks behind David Hale, Ben McEvoy and Jonathon Ceglar.

While Gorringe has nominated the Power as his preferred destination, The Advertiser reports Adelaide is considering making a bid.

Dusty wants to stay at Tigerland
Twelve months after he toured GWS' facilities as he considered requesting a trade, Richmond star Dustin Martin is keen to sign a contract extension with the Tigers.

The Herald Sun reports the Tigers have set money aside for Martin and skipper Trent Cotchin, but still have room to secure an inside midfielder if any become available in the NAB AFL Trade Period.

St Kilda hard nut David Armitage, North Melbourne's big improver Levi Greenwood – who AFL.com.au reports is staying put at Arden St – and Swans star Daniel Hannebery have been linked to Richmond.

However, the Tigers are likely to head to the draft with their first pick – currently No.11 - at their disposal.