WESTERN Bulldogs tall Lewis Young has requested a trade to Carlton as the Blues look to further bolster their AFL stocks under new coach Michael Voss.
The versatile Young has played 24 games for the Bulldogs after debuting in 2017 but has been unable to lock down a regular position.
The 22-year-old played mainly as an under-sized ruckman this year but was dropped for Stefan Martin when the veteran returned from injury and missed the Bulldogs’ preliminary and grand finals.
Young could look to nail down a spot in Carlton’s defence, instead of in the ruck where he has been monstered by some of the AFL’s premier big men.
Carlton has already secured Sydney Swans midfielder George Hewett as a restricted free agent and will facilitate a deal for Fremantle young gun Adam Cerra before the end of the trade period.
Meanwhile, Collingwood is in negotiations with Gold Coast on a swap of draft picks that will allow the Magpies to secure father-son prospect Nick Daicos.
An expected deal would give Collingwood a strong enough hand in this year’s draft to cover the value index points required to match a bid for highly-rated Daicos, should it come in the early first round as expected.
The Magpies are also keen on trading for Patrick Lipinski (Bulldogs) and Nathan Kreuger (Geelong).
Daicos has been rated a possible No.1 pick and is widely regarded as one of the draft class’ top three players.
Collingwood has committed to matching any bid for Daicos, whose brother Josh Daicos is already at the club.
St Kilda’s Seb Ross has turned his back on free agency and recommitted to the Saints on a new two-year deal.
The Swans are determined to play hardball for Jordan Dawson, who has requested a trade to Adelaide.
Dawson enjoyed a career-best season in 2021, finishing third in the Swans’ best-and-fairest award.
“We had big plans for Jordan, and it was reflected (in the) offer that we put in front of Jordan,” Swans chief executive Tom Harley said.
“If there is to be a negotiation there, we would expect that to be respectful and to reflect his standing at our club.”
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