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Fevola a big win for Lions: Matthews

By Sam Lienert 08/10/2009 11:55:49 PM Comments (0)

Former Brisbane coach Leigh Matthews says the Lions will have a "gigantic win" if they can clinch the deal to net Carlton's AFL Coleman Medallist Brendan Fevola.

The players set to head the other way, Lions full-forward Daniel Bradshaw and midfielder Michael Rischitelli, met with Blues officials and toured the club's facilities on Thursday.

Bradshaw and Fevola have agreed to move, but the Blues need the seal of approval from a reluctant Rischitelli to finalise the trade.

If Rischitelli remains steadfast in his desire to stay with the Lions, Carlton and Brisbane need to agree on an alternative draft pick or player to switch clubs or the deal will be scuttled.

While 30-year-old Bradshaw has formed a dangerous attacking partnership with Lions skipper Jonathan Brown, Matthews said that if the Lions succeeded in gaining 28-year-old Fevola, they would be acquiring a younger, better option.

He said Bradshaw's injury history, including a major knee injury which destroyed his 2007 season and back problems, also created doubts about his longevity.

"I see it as a gigantic win for the Lions," Matthews told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

"Daniel Bradshaw is a good full-forward, Brendan Fevola's a very good full-forward and he's two years younger.

"I think his body's in better shape, I'm not sure what shape Braddy's body's in, he's (almost) 31, I don't know whether he's going to play until he's 35."

Matthews was confident Fevola could cope with playing a lesser role alongside the dominant Brown and also expected he would have learnt his lesson off-field after the Blues' decision to off-load him.

"I'd be very surprised if Fev is not exemplary in all facets of his footy life, for at least the next couple of years," he said.

Matthews doubted Rischitelli would refuse to join the Blues.

"If your club says `We're prepared to let you go' and the new club loves you and says `You're going to be fantastic for us', 99 per cent of players eventually go," he said, noting Rischitelli's Melbourne origins helped.

Meanwhile, mediation has helped Port Adelaide and Hawthorn broker a deal to send gun Power midfielder Shaun Burgoyne to the Hawks.

The two clubs have agreed on a trade which will result in Port getting two first round draft picks, while Hawks forward Mark Williams will join Essendon.

Sydney confirmed the move of their premiership ruckman Darren Jolly to Collingwood, in exchange for draft picks 14 and 46.

The Swans, having already acquired ruckman Mark Seaby from West Coast, are now set to also pick up Geelong back-up ruckman Shane Mumford.

Cats football manager Neil Balme said salary cap pressures meant they had no hope of matching the Swans' lucrative offer agreed to by Mumford, who missed selection in their premiership team.

"We're particularly disappointed that we're losing Mumford because he's a young bloke that we've helped to improve his footy and he's still only a rookie," Balme said.

"But he's been sought by another club, they've put up a huge offer and we can't compete."

Collingwood were still trying to generate a deal, possibly involving a third club, to try to satisfy St Kilda's demand for a player in return for Saints' midfielder Luke Ball.

The Saints have already traded away Xavier Clarke, who missed the entire season with a knee injury, to Brisbane, for pick 60.

And Richmond fringe key forward Jay Schulz will join the Power, in exchange for youngster Mitch Farmer.

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