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AFL trades: Paddy McCartin’s return impresses Lyon

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Finals fever may be taking over, but for the teams not involved in the October action they’re plotting away at their off-season moves.

Teams have made cuts to their playing lists and several players have informed their teams of their intentions to locate a new home.

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The news from all around the league continues to roll in surrounding stars of the game and just where their futures may lie.

Keep up to date with all the latest news right here.

RETURNING STAR IN ‘ELITE SHAPE’

Former number one draft pick Paddy McCartin is ready to lace the boots back up and get back onto an AFL roster.

McCartin walked away from the game and has spent almost two years on the sidelines after recording 35 games over five seasons due to repeated concussions.

But after being medically cleared in late 2019, McCartin has stepped up his efforts to return to the game and Melbourne great says he looks like he could comfortably walk into a playing spot.

“Having seen him last week, he looks unbelievable,” Lyon said on SEN Breakfast.

“Paddy has always looked a bit bigger than what you’d want him to be as an AFL player and that happens when you’re a bigger lad coming in and you don’t know how to train hard and all that sort of stuff.

“He looks like an elite AFL footballer. He’s slimmed down, he looks hard, he’s really lean and he’s worked his backside off. If he gets a second chance I think he’s beautifully positioned for it.”

Essendon legend Tim Watson suggested his second chance was set to come with brother Tom at the Sydney Swans.

“Paddy McCartin, I keep hearing this, that he is going to resume his career, he’s passed all his medical testing that he needed to, and he’ll be playing at Sydney,” he said.

GOLDY TO STICK WITH NORTH

One of the best ruckman in the league over the past five seasons is keen to be known as a one-club player when it’s all said and done.

North Melbourne’s Todd Goldstein was linked with a move to Geelong at the end of last season before putting pen to paper on a three-year deal with North.

As the club goes through a major clean-out after finishing the 2020 season second last on the ladder, several big name players have been linked with departing.

Goldstein’s future came under a cloud with many believing he could land elsewhere ahead of the 2021 season, but those doubts have been cast aside.

“I can tell you that Todd Goldstein is determined to play out his career at North Melbourne and stay loyal to the Kangaroos,” Sam Edmund said on SEN Breakfast.

“Ben Brown and Shaun Higgins will be playing elsewhere next year, but the influential big man decided several weeks ago that he wanted to stay with the Roos.

“That has since been franked by club chiefs who say they have no intention of trading the 32-year-old.”

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