AFL trade whispers, news 2019: Todd Goldstein St Kilda, Carlton pick swap Liam Stocker, Jack Martin Blues
St Kilda has its eyes on a North Melbourne star in a bid to boost its ruck stocks.
Plus Carlton ponders how to use its first pick in the draft as Jack Silvagni’s future remains “uncertain”.
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Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph told Fox Sports News’ AFL Tonight on Tuesday that Goldstein would like to finish his career at the Kangaroos, but they “can’t give any of the player managers any clarity around whether they’re going to rebuild or whether they’re still close to a flag”.
And with his future uncertain, The Age reports Goldstein — an unrestricted free agent at season’s end — is being “closely monitored” by St Kilda, which is seeking to accumulate more support for Rohan Marshall.
Over recent years, Goldstein has struggled to recapture his tunning 2015 form where he broke several ruck and ranking points records. That has led to ample trade speculation.
But Goldstein has bounced back in 2019 to be back in All-Australian contention, averaging a career-high 15.8 disposals per outing.
“He would love to stay at the football club,” Ralph told AFL Tonight.
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“He’s got attractive offers from rival parties — or he’s certainly got interest from rival parties.
“He is 31, but the club has basically said to him ‘we need more time, we don’t know whether we’re desperate to keep you, we don’t whether we feel like letting you go as a free agent, which would give us a compensation pick’ — along with Ben Cunnington and so many of their stars. They don’t really know what they want do right now.
“Hopefully we’ll see whether it’s a false dawn or whether they’ll see in three or four weeks if they absolutely have to strip this list right back.”
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BLUES PONDER FIRST-ROUND PICK STRATEGY
Carlton’s first pick in the 2019 national draft is “absolutely certain to be on the table”, according to Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph — and that could lead to another play for Sun Jack Martin.
The Blues don’t hold their own first-round pick in this year’s draft after they famously traded it away to Adelaide in last year’s draft in order to secure Liam Stocker.
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It means the Blues now hold the Crows’ first-round selection, which currently sits at Pick 11. And Ralph said that pick is “absolutely likely to be part of a trade”.
“That first-round pick is absolutely certain to be on the table as they try to regressively jump up the ladder,” Ralph told Fox Sports News’ AFL Tonight.
“Even in his final post-match press conference, Brendon Bolton was talking about bringing those senior bodies back into the list. That’s absolutely part of the strategy. They offered up their first-round pick for Dylan Shiel.
Ralph said the Blues could again turn their attention to Gold Coast’s Martin, who’s out of contract at season’s end and a player that has appealed to Carlton for some time.
“Not a brilliant player, but he’s got super talent,” Ralph said.
“He’s 24 — right in the age demographic — he’s got silky skills and the outside pace that the club lacks. He’s going to be one of those types of players that they’re going to be keen on.”
Ralph added that Jack Silvagni’s future is “uncertain”, even though he’s “really keen to stay at the football club”.
Silvagni is set to speak to his manager over the mid-season bye.