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Barry Hall likely to join Bulldogs: Roos

By Roger Vaughan 30/09/2009 07:29:57 PM Comments (0)

Former Sydney co-captain Barry Hall still appears headed to the Western Bulldogs, despite talks stalling between the two AFL clubs.

The Swans want a second-round draft pick in return for the key forward and the Bulldogs say that will not happen.

But Swans coach Paul Roos acknowledges that, one way or the other, Hall will probably end up with the `Dogs.

"We've always been respectful of Hally and we hope he goes to the Bulldogs," Roos said.

"He will - he'll either get there through the trade or the pre-season draft.

"He'll play with the Bulldogs next year."

Roos said the Swans put a second-round pick on the table after discussions with Hall's management.

"I spoke to Hally's manager before we went to the Western Bulldogs and we just said `this is what we think is fair', it's pick 31 - he was fine with that," he said.

"There are two parties, as far as I'm concerned, that are pretty clear on what we are wanting, Hally's management knew about it.

"We took it to the Bulldogs and clearly they see it differently, so that's where it sits at the moment."

Roos noted that Peter Everitt had gone from Hawthorn to Sydney and Jason Akermanis had switched from Brisbane to the `Dogs in return for second-round picks.

Despite the apparent impasse, Roos made it clear that Sydney want Hall to go to his club of choice.

"I ran it past Hally's manager, just to make sure they were okay with that, because we hold Barry in high esteem and we did make a commitment to try and help him get to the club," Roos said.

"You just never know with trade week what's going to happen - I think the good thing is that Hally will find his way to the Bulldogs, unless someone else takes him in the pre-season draft.

"He'll get there, one way or the other."

Meanwhile, the Swans are showing a strong interest in Hawks midfielder Josh Kennedy.

The grandson of Hawks legend John Kennedy and son of Hawthorn premiership ruckman John Kennedy Jnr might be on the move because of limited opportunities at his current club.

"Definitely our midfield, we need to address that," Roos said.

"So if any midfielders we think might be available, we'd be definitely interested in that type of player.

"So if Josh became available, we'd certainly have an interest in him.

"He's a developing player, he's a young player. If he chose to leave the (Hawks) ... he's also a player who can play forward, so that type of player, that midfield type, would be of interest to us."

Roos noted that the Swans had great success this year with midfielder Rhyce Shaw, who was traded from Collingwood.

But the Swans coach acknowledges they are unlikely to be in the running for Port Adelaide's Shaun Burgoyne, who wants to join a Melbourne club.

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