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Archer baffled by McIntosh trade option

By Sam Lienert 07/10/2008 09:19:35 PM Comments (0)

Former North Melbourne great Glenn Archer says he can not see the logic in the club looking at trading away talented young ruckman Hamish McIntosh.

The 24-year-old was surprisingly mooted as a prospective trade by Kangaroos coach Dean Laidley on Monday, along with fellow `Roos Corey Jones and Daniel Harris.

McIntosh, who recently signed a three-year contract with the club, was fourth in their best and fairest last season, when he was close to All Australian selection.

He missed a large chunk of this season with injury and was left out of the side which was beaten by Sydney in an elimination final.

But Archer, the Kangaroos' games record-holder who retired at the end of last season, said he doubted the club would end up letting him go.

"He signed a three-year contract then they're putting him up for trade," Archer said.

"I can't see them going through with it, if they do it would be pretty illogical, but you never know."

While McIntosh is one of several ruckmen under discussion during the current trade period, the clubs involved were struggling to agree to terms on Tuesday.

Carlton remains hopeful of attaining Fremantle 21-year-old big man Robert Warnock.

The two clubs were still at a stand-off, the Dockers wanting a first round draft pick, while the Blues have offered up their second round choice, No.24 overall.

But Carlton football manager Steven Icke remained optimistic a deal would be worked out later in the week.

"Pick 24's on the table and hopefully it gets the deal done," he said.

If the two clubs fail to reach agreement, Melbourne, who are also interested in Warnock, could benefit, as they hold the first pick in the pre-season draft.

West Coast and Richmond also remained at odds over the Tigers' bid to gain Eagles' 24-year-old ruckman Mark Seaby.

The Eagles are after a late first round pick, but Richmond are reluctant to trade themselves out of either the first or second rounds of the draft.

Despite the Blues and Tigers both looking for a ruckman, neither is likely to make a play for McIntosh, given the `Roos would be unlikely to let him go without a first round pick in return.

Hawthorn continued to show strong interest in Sydney star premiership forward Ryan O'Keefe, meeting with his management to further discussions.

One deal that looks likely to occur is the move of young Port Adelaide midfielder Adam Thomson to Richmond, possibly for a third round pick.

Meanwhile, Melbourne remain hopeful that midfield star Brad Green will agree to sign a new three-year deal with the club, despite the 27-year-old continuing to assess his options.

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