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The Magpies may not be done wheeling and dealing. Plus a three-way trade could help the Western Bulldogs land Sam Darcy.

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2:00PM — PIES HAVE ‘APPETITE TO TRADE’

Collingwood has already been one of the busiest clubs on the trade front this off-season, making several moves to accumulate the necessary draft points to match an early bid on father-son prodigy Nick Daicos.

And they mightn’t be done yet.

Collingwood recruiting manager Derek Hine has revealed the club is open to making more moves if a bid doesn’t come for Daicos until Pick 4.

“We’ve got an appetite to trade… there is a little bit of interest in our first pick which is 36, so there’s those options open to us,” he said on AFL Media’s Draft Night Countdown.

“We’ve clearly got enough points to cover off on all scenarios, it’s just a matter of us potentially waiting so we can trade on the clock or maybe even prior to the second round tomorrow.”

Pies recruiting boss Derek Hine (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos)Source: Fox Sports

The Magpies traded their first-round pick to the Giants last year — now the No. 2 selection — given it would’ve been absorbed in a Daicos bid.

And after all their other deals the club is now left with selections 36, 38, 40, 46, 48, 58.

But Hine said it was possible the club could yet look to move up the draft order and gain an earlier pick.

“We’re not ruling anything in or out,” he said. “If we we did trade back, another third-rounder may come in and we can use that to get back in if there was a player who caught our fancy.

“It’s just trying to be flexible and confident in the work you’ve done.”

10.15AM — THREE-WAY TRADE TO HELP DOGS LAND DARCY?

Sam Darcy is almost certain to join the Western Bulldogs at Pick 2 tonight.

AFL Media reported the Giants have told the Dogs they plan to bid on Darcy with their opening draft pick.

The Bulldogs are well placed to match the Giants’ bid, but are set to receive some assistance from Geelong – and, in turn, North Melbourne – via a live trade to add more draft points and secure Darcy.

Once the Giants bid on Darcy, the Cats are set to acquire Pick 23 from the Bulldogs, who’ll receive a combination of Geelong’s mid second-round selections – it currently holds Picks 30, 32 and 34 – to help match the Darcy bid, as well as some future picks in return. Just two of those selections in the 30s will be worth more draft points than Pick 23 alone.

Bulldogs father-son prospect Sam Darcy (Photo by Michael Klein.Source: News Corp Australia

AFL Media reported the Kangaroos were also likely to get involved and improve their draft hand by acquiring a selection in the 30s.

If the three-way trade comes to fruition and is completed, the Dogs can officially match the bid and select Darcy – an exciting key-position utility at 204cm – at Pick 2.

Rival clubs have been aware of the Dogs’ willingness to offload Pick 23 for weeks, with Sydney, Collingwood and Essendon all having interest in the selection along with the Cats.

Despite missing out on Darcy, the Giants will hold their spot in the order and select at Pick 3, where it’s widely expected they won’t bid on star Collingwood father-son prospect Nick Daicos and select Sandringham Dragons gun Finn Callaghan, leaving the Suns to bid on Daicos at Pick 4.

10.15AM — TIGERS TIPPED TO TRIGGER SHAKE UP

Richmond has one of the best hands of any club, holding selections 7, 15, 26, 27, 28 and 79.

And its been tipped to use some of those assets to make a potential draft night shake up.

According to AFL Media draft expert Cal Twomey, the Tigers could bundle some of their picks to move up the order.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if if they try to do something with one of their picks in the 20s,” he told 3AW’s Sportsday.

“Potentially package it with Pick 15 and try and move up the board a little bit because there is live trading to happen.

“That would be an opportunity for them to really make some ground on the top 12 or 13 selections.”

Could Richmond be set to shake up the draft? (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

What Richmond does with its Pick 7 — which will slide back to Pick 9 after father-son bids — will be an interesting watch.

There’s been some suggestion that the Tigers could look to plug holes in their line-up, but Twomey believes they’ll go for the best long-term prospects.

“I still think that they could be weighing up midfielder Ben Hobbs early on versus key defender Josh Gibcus,” Twomey added.

“That’s a tight call because they’ve lost some talls right at the top in terms of Cal Coleman-Jones, Mabior Chol and David Astbury, all in one hit over the off-season That would have come as a surprise to lose all three of them in one go.

“So do they take the tall or do they go for the midfield replacement who down the track might be the next Trent Cotchin or Dion Prestia?”

8AM — SAINTS’ POENTIAL NWM BID?

St Kilda’s recruiting team spent Tuesday in South Australia doing last-minute preparations for the draft as the club assesses possible options, reports AFL Media’s Riley Beveridge.

As Beveridge highlights, it could suggest St Kilda is considering using its first pick on SA prospect Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera.

The Saints’ first pick is at No. 9, although it’s likely to be moved a couple of spots, with selections 55, 61, 65, 66 and 81 rounding out their crop.

Wanganeen-Milera, the nephew of Essendon and Port Adelaide champion Gavin Wanganeen and the son of Terry Milera, is one of four prospects St Kilda is likely to choose from, with Josh Gibcus, Josh Sinn and Matt Johnson also in the mix depending on which players are taken before their pick.

8AM — POWER CONFIRM TALKS WITH EX-ROO

Port Adelaide has confirmed it’s spoken with former Kangaroo Trent Dumont regarding handing him a potential career lifeline.

The 26-year old South Australian was let go by the Kangaroos after 113 AFL games over seven seasons.

And despite the Power being linked to Dumont earlier this year, he wasn’t picked up as a delisted free agent.

Trent Dumont playing for the Kangaroos (AAP Image/Scott Barbour)Source: AAP

Regardless, Port national recruiting manager Geoff Parker said the club could yet use a late draft pick on Dumont pending on how the board unfolds on the night.

“We follow all the South Australian boys that are in the system and obviously he’s a delisted free agent (option) as well,” Parker told reporters on Tuesday.

“We have spoken with him, (but) whether he turns out to be on our list, I don’t know. We’ve got players in this draft pool we’d really like to pick, so that’ll depend on how that all turns out.“

Other recently delisted players who could be picked up include Charlie Constable amid interest from the Gold Coast Suns and Matt Ling, a former Geelong Falcons product.



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