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AFL trade news: North Melbourne express interest in West Coast No.2

West Coast could be ready to trade the No. 2 pick in the AFL draft, whether or not Melbourne ruckman Luke Jackson agrees to join the Eagles, and North Melbourne have expressed an interest.

North Melbourne have expressed an interest in West Coast’s No.2 pick as part of a deal to see Jason Horne-Francis join Port Adelaide.

West Coast have indicated they may be willing to trade No.2 pick regardless of whether Luke Jackson agrees to a move to the club.

While talks are still preliminary, sources have confirmed that rival clubs on the West Coast have heard the prospect of trading the second pick in this year’s draft, with the Eagles willing to trade picks to bring in several first-rounders over the next couple of years. of years.

It is understood the Kangaroos have been involved in early talks over a possible trade or related deal involving North, Port and Eagles.

West Coast could look to trade that pick in exchange for a number of Power picks, who could then trade that pick to the North for last year’s No. 1 Horne-Francis, who has expressed a desire to return to South Australia and Port in particular. .

The three-way deal between the clubs could also theoretically include Junior Rioli, who wants to move from the Eagles to Port.

The Power’s first choice is pick No. 8. North claims it would take more than that pick plus Port’s future first-round pick to trade Horne-Francis, who is under contract next year.

West Coast list manager Rohan O’Brien said on Monday the Eagles would not make an immediate second selection of Melbourne premiership long Jackson, who has requested a trade back home to Western Australia.

While Jackson has long been favored to land at Fremantle, he has not publicly announced his preferred destination for the two WA clubs.

Melbourne wants to keep both WA sides interested in bidding to raise Jackson’s offer price and the Eagles have not publicly closed the door on Jackson.

Either way, the No. 2 pick has come up in early trade talks between West Coast and rival clubs. While far from committed to moving the pick, the Eagles are open to trading the pick to bring in more first-round picks. Both the 2022 and 2023 drafts are options.

Having already landed Fremantle’s Griffin Logue and Darcy Tucker, North could end up with the first two picks in this year’s draft, which would help ease the disappointment of losing Horne-Francis after just one season.

West Coast has publicly maintained that the club is selecting the best available talent with its early picks and is not affected by concerns about the going-home factor, which has re-emerged following recent early-pick trade requests. Jackson, Jason Horne. Francis and others.

Most of this year’s likely top five are from Victoria, with Brisbane Lions father-son prospect Will Ashcroft, George Wardlaw, Elijah Tsatas, Harry Sheezel and Jhye Clark all hailing from the state. However, WA trio Jedd Busslinger, Elijah Hewett and Reuben Ginbey could all go in the first round.

Given the Eagles are open to dealing the No.2 pick even if they fall out of the race for Jackson, they could delay any deal until the second AFL trading period, which involves only pick exchanges.

Daniel ChernyStaff Writer

Daniel Cherny is a Melbourne sports writer focusing on AFL and cricket. Having started his career at Back Page Lead, Daniel spent eight years at The Age, during which he covered Australia’s Test cricket tours of Bangladesh and the UAE, as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics. He has been recognized for his writing on both AFL and cricket, including winning the Clinton Grybas Rising Star Award at the 2019 Australian Football Media Association Awards. He is also a compulsive Simpsons quoter.