The official AFL trade period opens on Monday, with no easy resolutions appearent for Patrick Ryder or Dayne Beams.
Essendon ruck-forward Patrick Ryder and Collingwood midfielder Dayne Beams will be the subjects of difficult negotiations when the AFL trade period officially opens.
No-one is expecting a quick resolution to talks on the two players, whose intentions were made clear when they did not attend their clubs’ best and fairest functions last week.
After plenty of speculation about potential moves, clubs will have their first round of official trade talks on Monday.
Ryder wants to move to Port Adelaide and the Magpies have told Brisbane that they have until 5pm on Friday afternoon to work out a deal for Beams, even though the official trade period runs until October 16.
Essendon and Port remain a long way apart on Ryder, who is disenchanted with the Bombers as their long-running supplements scandal continues.
Port coach Ken Hinkley said on the weekend that they are only prepared to offer their first-round draft pick at No.16 for Ryder.
That will not satisfy Essendon, with Ryder finishing eighth in their best and fairest polling.
Ryder was also unlucky not to make the All-Australian squad.
But the Bombers must also weigh up a risk that they could lose Ryder for nothing.
He could invoke a new clause in the standard players’ contract that might let him leave the club as a restricted free agent, if Ryder can show Essendon failed in their duty of care.
Beams wants a move to the Lions to be nearer his father, who has battled cancer, and play alongside his brother Claye.
But likewise, Collingwood want more than the Lions’ initial offer of their first-round draft pick, currently No.4.
Beams finished third in the Magpies’ best and fairest voting.
Monday could open with Hawthorn confirming they have signed Melbourne defender James Frawley under free agency.
A video interview briefly appeared on the Hawks website on Saturday morning, featuring Frawley being interviewed in a Hawks top, before it was removed.
The Magpies will also learn at Monday morning’s father-son bidding meeting what they will have to give up for Darcy Moore.
Carlton and the Western Bulldogs could also bid for Moore, who is the son of two-time Brownlow Medallist Peter.
If that happens, Collingwood will have to use their round-one draft pick at No.8 to secure the key position player.
Other players featuring in trade speculation include:-
* North Melbourne onballer Levi Greenwood. The Kangaroos are determined to keep him.
* Former Melbourne forward Mitch Clark, who wants to make a comeback. Geelong are his preferred destination.
* Sydney’s All-Australian defender Nick Malceski. He could use free agency to join Gold Coast.
* Adelaide midfielder Patrick Dangerfield. There is ongoing speculation about a potential blockbuster trade, but he seems more likely to remain a Crow.
* Collingwood veteran Heritier Lumumba. He is set to join Melbourne in a trade.