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Dockers chase trio before trade deadline

By Sam Lienert 12/10/2006 11:37:44 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle will be the major player in Friday's final day of AFL trade week, as it tries to wrap up deals involving Chris Tarrant, Graham Polak and Dean Solomon.

The major priority for the Dockers remains to bring Collingwood star forward Tarrant to Fremantle, with that move possibly still hinging on whether they can complete a separate deal involving Polak.

Fremantle communications manager Keith Black said despite a fourth day of negotiating with the Magpies, it would all come down to the final day.

"It will all unravel tomorrow morning, one way or the other, with Polak, Solomon and Tarrant," Black said.

"We'll keep all those conversations going tomorrow, it's going to be an active day on all those fronts for us."

Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann also said it was difficult to predict whether Tarrant would go or stay.

"We'll see what happens tomorrow," he said.

Meanwhile, Swann said the Magpies had dropped out of the race for Geelong small forward Steve Johnson.

The Dockers are willing to give up their first-round draft pick for Tarrant, but need to further sweeten the deal to satisfy the Magpies.

If Fremantle is able to work out a deal with Richmond for Polak which involves the two clubs swapping first-round picks, it could provide the breakthrough needed.

"(The Polak and Tarrant deals) are operating separately at the moment, but if something can be done with Graham and that happens to be Richmond we'll have a better first-round pick, that may well be what we need," Black said.

While the Dockers are also continuing to bargain for Essendon defender Dean Solomon, his teammate Jason Johnson was removed from the trade table.

The Bombers signed Johnson, a two-time best and fairest, to a two-year deal.

The only trade deal agreed upon on Thursday was the move of West Coast key forward Andrew McDougall to the Western Bulldogs.

The two clubs swapped second-round draft picks and fourth-round draft picks, meaning the Eagles move up five places in each of those rounds.

The Bulldogs will pass on the Eagles' second-round pick, No.34 overall, to the Brisbane Lions for Jason Akermanis.

McDougall has struggled to get a senior game with the Eagles, playing just one this season and four last year, but the height-strapped `Dogs are happy to have some additional key position strength.

Meanwhile, it is looking increasingly likely that Hawthorn ruckman Peter Everitt and Carlton pair Bret Thornton and Jordan Russell will end up in the pre-season draft.

The Blues have outright refused to negotiate over Thornton and Russell, who are wanted by the Hawks and Port Adelaide respectively.

Hawthorn and Sydney continue to be locked in a stalemate over Everitt, who wants to play for the Swans.

The Swans have offered their second-round pick, but the Hawks also want some swapping of lower-round picks, which Sydney has baulked at.

With neither club budging at all on Thursday, Hawthorn player personnel manager Chris Pelchen said the draft looked inevitable for Everitt.

"It's unfortunate, it's not our preferred option and it's not their preferred option," he said.

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