After its embarrassing semi-final exit, Collingwood is on track for a chaotic off-season as it aims to revamp its roster.
Following Saturday’s 15.10 (100) to 5.2 (32) loss to Geelong, Magpies coach Nathan Buckley claimed the Magpies would be aggressive in the post-season trade period.
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Despite being tied with the club through to 2021, Tom Phillips has reportedly been told the club is willing to trade him. After playing 15 matches in 2020, Phillips suddenly finds himself at risk of falling outside the club’s best 22.
The 24-year-old’s season ended prematurely when he suffered a hamstring injury in round 15.
SEN reporter Sam Edmund revealed the Magpies are open to Phillips joining a rival club before his contract expires.
According to the Herald Sun, Geelong was eager to sign Phillips last year, but the trade never eventuated.
Meanwhile, gun midfielder Adam Treloar has shut down speculation he will follow his netball-playing wife north and join either the Gold Coast Suns or the Brisbane Lions.
On Wednesday, Collingwood also revealed Tim Broomhead and Matthew Scharenberg had been delisted, while Lynden Dunn, Ben Reid and Travis Varcoe announced their retirements.
Meanwhile, long-time Collingwood recruiter Matt Rendell has called for the club to trade two-time All-Australian Brodie Grundy.
Earlier this year, Grundy reportedly signed a seven-year contract with the Magpies, estimated to be worth approximately $7 million.
However, the 26-year-old struggled in an underwhelming 2020, only managing 14.4 disposals per match in comparison to last season’s average of 21.3 disposals a game.
After the Pies’ finals exit, Buckley suggested hub life had taken its toll on Grundy but was confident the big man would rediscover his form.
Speaking on SEN Breakfast, Rendell suggested Collingwood should trade Grundy and make a move for GWS Giants forward Jeremy Cameron. In a drastic roster overhaul, he also suggested tall forward Mason Cox should be sent to the Western Bulldogs.
“I would be trading Brodie Grundy to Sydney if I could,” the former Collingwood recruiter said.
“It’s a good fit for the Swans, they need a ruckman badly. I know what you’re thinking, who is (Collingwood) going to play in the ruck, but I’d play Darcy Moore in the ruck.
“He will win a Brownlow if he plays in the ruck and changing with Mason Cox forward.
“But if they get Jeremy Cameron, I’d be sending Cox to the Western Bulldogs — they’re desperate for a key forward and a ruckman, he can ruck with Tim English.
“I would be playing Moore in the ruck and changing him with Cox if the Jeremy Cameron stuff doesn’t pay off. I know that’s a big call, but I think that’s how you get the deal done and how you get money in your cap.
“I think Brodie might be interested in it and I reckon Collingwood would be interested in it, as long as they knew they could get Cameron with that cap space.
“The other thing is I did a study on the rucks for them (Collingwood) this time last year because we didn’t know if Brodie was going to stay or go and I gave them a replacement for Grundy and I told them to go chase Sam Hayes at Port Adelaide.
“He’s ready to go coming off a knee (injury). I saw him play at the end of last year, he was very, very good. He plays similar to Brodie, but he’s third in line behind Scott Lycett and Peter Ladhams at Port Adelaide.
“I reckon he would be gettable with one year left on his contract.”
Cameron is yet to re-sign with the Giants, and there is growing speculation he will be snapped up by Geelong.
On Tuesday, Geelong chief executive Brian Cook admitted the club was “trying big time” to lure the 27-year-old to Victoria.
“We’re in the market big time at the moment for Jeremy Cameron,” Cook told Sportsday WA.
“He’s struggling with making a decision. He’s a loyal bloke and, you know the rules when you’ve been around for a long time, do you finish your career in one place? Or do you get tempted to go elsewhere? I think that’s a good character trait that’s being shown and demonstrated by him.
“We’re trying big time for that one.”
AFL Media journalist Mitch Cleary believes Cameron is delaying his decision because he’s waiting for Geelong’s season to end.
“I think now there’s a very strong possibility that Jeremy Cameron finds his way to Geelong as a restricted free agent,” Cleary said on AFL Media’s Trade Desk.
“My ears pricked up last week when I asked Chris Scott about Jeremy Cameron and he said players like Jeremy, when their season is done, are always happy to abide by those teams that are still in the finals.
“That says to me if Jeremy Cameron doesn’t sign before Geelong’s season is done, then alarm bells are starting to ring at the Giants.”