RICHMOND’S premiership celebrations will still be in full swing on Monday but the focus for AFL clubs will quickly switch to the looming free agency and trade periods where Geelong’s Tim Kelly and Adelaide duo Josh Jenkins and Alex Keath are among the stars on the move.
Kelly is set to inform the Cats this week that he wants a trade to West Coast where his young family will have a strong support network in his native Western Australia.
After earning All Australian honours in his second year at the Cattery, coach Chris Scott has made it clear his club will demand a high price for the uncontracted midfielder, with any protracted negotiations likely to hold up other trades.
The Crows loom as major players in the trade period that starts on Monday October 7, with the free agency window to open three days earlier on Friday, October 4.
Jenkins has already said that he wants to play anywhere but Adelaide, where he still has two years left to run on a contract.
Keath, who has become one of the league’s top intercept defenders, has informed the club he would like to be traded to the Western Bulldogs where it is believed a lucrative four-year deal awaits the 27-year-old.
Ruckman Sam Jacobs is set to take up a two-year offer to join GWS, while much- loved goalsneak Eddie Betts is mooted to be looking for a switch back to Carlton.
Hugh Greenwood and Cameron Ellis-Yolmen could also be on their way out of the club that crashed out of the finals for a second year after their 2017 grand final disaster against the Tigers.
The Blues are understood to be the preferred destination of Gold Coast star Jack Martin, with Sydney’s Tom Papley also on their radar.
With his close ties to the Swans, speculation has continued over Joe Daniher’s future at Essendon, but the club’s best-and-fairest count on Tuesday evening could offer more certainty about his plans.
St Kilda will also be key players, with Josh Bruce looking for a move to the Bulldogs, while Jack Steven could look for a fresh start at Geelong.
Fremantle star Brad Hill has already nominated the Saints as his club of choice, as has Port Adelaide veteran Paddy Ryder.
Two-time Richmond free agent Brandon Ellis is believed to be on the verge of signing a long-term deal to join the Suns.
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