Lachie Neale, Dylan Shiel and Dayne Beams are among the AFL stars who remain in limbo after a quiet day of AFL trading, but Tom Liberatore’s future is with the Western Bulldogs.
Sam Lloyd’s switch from Richmond to the Dogs for pick No.64 was the only official paperwork lodged on Monday with the AFL.
After 117 games in seven seasons, Liberatore appeared on shaky ground at Whitten Oval after he was allowed to asses his options in free agency without a contract offer from the club.
The 2016 premiership player, with just one game this season after undergoing a second knee reconstruction, remains in Luke Beveridge’s plans.
“We won’t be trading him and Tom has indicated to us that he wants to remain at the Western Bulldogs,” list manager Sam Power told AFL Trade Radio.
“With all that information and the dialogue between the two parties, we’re really confident that a deal will get done … it’s only a matter of time.”
Power also confirmed his club’s interest in bringing in Taylor Duryea from Hawthorn and, that after missing out on Port Adelaide’s Chad Wingard, the Dogs would most likely take pick No.7 to the draft.
Contracted full back Marcus Adams remains intent on a fresh start with Brisbane but Power says that it will “have to be a really compelling offer … for us to consider it”.
The Lions could be in a position to improve their offer for Adams if they allow the contracted Beams to return to Collingwood.
Beams’ manager Paul Connors moved to clarify his client’s situation on Monday after reports emerged he was desperate to return to the club he played 110 games for, including the 2010 grand-final win over St Kilda.
“It would have to be really good (compensation) to Brisbane (for it to happen), but we’re not requesting a trade,” Connors told Trade Radio.
“We haven’t requested a trade … we will look at it if it suits both parties and it’s been done maturely.
“If Collingwood think that it’s worthwhile and that he’d be a good fit for them, then they’re going to need to come to the party.”
Nathan Buckley’s side had a win over the weekend when Tom Langdon turned down offers from Fremantle and Sydney to re-commit to the club.
With the trade period set to close on Wednesday at 8.30pm, there is still plenty of work to be done on some big trades that are holding up other transactions.
Shiel’s switch from GWS to Essendon is at an impasse, with the Giants demanding an improved offer for the contracted star.
Other key deals that remain unfinalised include Neale’s move from Fremantle to Brisbane, Jesse Hogan’s on again, off again jump from Melbourne to the Dockers, Chad Wingard’s trade from Port Adelaide to Hawthorn, Tom Scully’s potential switch from GWS to Hawthorn and Rory Lobb’s shift from the Giants to the Dockers.