Dual All-Australian Kane Cornes believes offloading Brodie Grundy would solve a “significant problem” for Collingwood as speculation mounts the Pies could float the prospect of a trade with the ruckman.
Cornes’ comments come after ex-Lions and Power star Tom Rockliff on the weekend suggested Grundy “will not be at Collingwood next year”, telling Triple M the Pies would be “happy to part ways with him”. Rockliff said the Giants had been floated as one possible suitor, while a move to Port Adelaide would make sense considering the Power’s ruck struggles this season.
This is despite Grundy’s current contract — reportedly worth $1 million per season across seven years — tying him to the Magpies until at least the end of the 2027 season.
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Speaking on the Triple M Footy Podcast, 7 News Melbourne reporter Tom Browne said there’d been “whispers in recent weeks that Collingwood might be prepared to put Grundy up for trade”. He said the club was happy with their ruck-forward options of Darcy Cameron, Mason Cox and Aiden Begg, who’ve all stepped up in the absence of Grundy, who’s been sidelined since Anzac Day with a knee injury.
While the Pies “haven’t revealed their hand yet”, Browne said the prospect of them asking for a trade for Grundy was “a live issue now in the back part of the year”.
“My information this afternoon is that Grundy’s management is now even expecting Collingwood to possibly flag the prospect of them asking if Grundy is interested in being traded,” Browne said on the Triple M Footy Podcast. “Clearly Grundy would need to agree to that – and Collingwood hasn’t asked as yet.
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“But it’s become a bit of an open secret in football – or certainly a view – that they will ask that again. I emphasise that Collingwood hasn’t revealed its hand in this regard, but that’s certainly a possibility, in my view and from my information, now in the back part of the season and from a trade perspective.
“Does that mean another club will take him? Not necessarily. Of course, Collingwood would presumably have to contribute to some of his wage. But the prospect of them asking for a trade for Brodie Grundy is.”
Cornes on Monday morning said if Grundy was happy to move and the Pies were able to find a suitor, it’d help the club from a salary cap perspective.
“Collingwood would love for him not to be there … I think it’s a significant problem for them,” Cornes said on SEN Breakfast.
“It’s another example of those dumb long-term contracts that rarely, if ever, work. They sound good at the time and then you get two years into it and go: ‘Hang on, Darcy Cameron is pretty good, we could use that $1 million to try and get a forward that we don’t have’.”
As for potential suitors, Cornes said: “He’s an Adelaide boy and Port Adelaide could absolutely use him on the field, but does he firstly want to go?
“He can refuse any trade. Does he want to go back to Adelaide? He seems to enjoy Melbourne and has a pretty good lifestyle.
“He’d fit in at Port Adelaide and take over from Scott Lycett? What’s the compensation Collingwood would want for a contracted player? Is it just a salary dump?”