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Bombers prepared to trade Solomon

By Chris Lines 14/10/2003 07:13:51 PM Comments (0)

Essendon is preparing to trade Dean Solomon Wednesday if he has not notified the club by then that he wants to stay at Windy Hill.

No deals were completed on day two of the official AFL trade period, with the status of the key players central to swaps - Nick Stevens, Jade Rawlings, Nathan Brown and Solomon - still unresolved.

The Dons are losing patience with the prevarications of Solomon, who notified the club last week that he wanted to be traded but was now being wooed to stay by coach Kevin Sheedy and Essendon players.

With all pre-draft player trading having to be completed by lunchtime on Friday, Essendon must know Solomon's intentions before committing to trades on players such as Danny Jacobs and Mark Bolton.

Bombers chief executive Peter Jackson said a decision must be known by Wednesday at the latest.

"If this football club is going to trade and do justice to getting a decent return for what we put into Dean Solomon over the last six or seven years we'd want to know before Thursday," Jackson said.

"It's getting right down to the wire.

"If he can't make up his mind we'll just have to assume he'll stick to his original decision and see what we can get for it."

One player removed from trade deals was Daniel Motlop, who reversed an earlier decision to quit the Kangaroos and re-signed for two years.

Motlop stunned the Roos by announcing during the end-of-season trip that he wanted to be traded, preferably to Port Adelaide or Essendon.

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