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No easy trades for AFL stars

By Sam Lienert 04/10/2009 06:28:36 PM Comments (0)

Brendan Fevola, Shaun Burgoyne and Darren Jolly head the talent on offer when AFL trade week starts on Monday, but there is slim chance of a quick resolution for any of them.

Carlton have publicly set out to cut ties with Coleman Medallist Fevola, Port Adelaide midfield gun Burgoyne wants to join Hawthorn and Sydney premiership ruckman Jolly wants a move to a Melbourne-based club.

But none might get their wish.

The Blues are struggling to find a new club for Fevola that can both meet their trade requirements and the spearhead's contract terms.

Three clubs mooted as likely destinations - Collingwood, Sydney and Brisbane - have publicly distanced themselves from the idea.

Meanwhile, Hawthorn are yet to match the Power's asking price for Burgoyne, who have requested players such as Jordan Lewis or Grant Birchall, and the Hawks' top draft pick (No.9).

Port football manager Peter Rohde said the Power were negotiating with other interested clubs, in case the Hawks would not budge.

"We're certainly considering that already. We're not going to just be talking to Hawthorn," Rohde said.

Essendon are hoping to step in, but with Burgoyne's consent needed, a standoff could result.

The Hawks also need to strike a deal to land North Melbourne defender Josh Gibson and to bolster their ruck stocks after the injury-forced retirement of Robert Campbell.

Sydney coach Paul Roos said the Swans would try to help Jolly move south, but would not let their 27-year-old No.1 ruckman go cheaply.

While Collingwood have reportedly offered their first round draft pick (No.14), Roos indicated a late first-round pick was well below their expectations.

"Given what we got him for, we gave pick 15 and he's a far better player now, so that gives you an idea of what we'd be expecting," Roos said.

Roos said there were many clubs interested, but with Jolly contracted for two more years and the Swans' back-up ruck stocks thin, they will not deal lightly.

Departed Swans' forward Barry Hall's plan to reach the Western Bulldogs also remains uncertain, with Sydney steadfast in demanding a second round pick and the `Dogs offering their fourth (No.63).

Roos labelled that offer "ridiculous" and no more worthwhile than letting Hall slip into the pre-season draft.

Essendon football manager Paul Hamilton says several clubs are after midfield speedster Andrew Lovett, who wants out, and is open-minded about his destination.

But Hamilton said that was among several moves likely to be held up by clubs wrangling over bigger deals.

Two moves likely to happen quickly are Melbourne midfielder Brock McLean to Carlton, for the Blues' first round draft pick, and out-of-favour West Coast ruckman Mark Seaby to the Swans.

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