Fremantle’s top trade target, Melbourne premiership ruck Luke Jackson, could request a trade home to Western Australia as soon as today.
The premiership player is expected to meet with the Demons on Tuesday and formally ask them to facilitate a trade.
But the East Fremantle product will not nominate a preferred destination and despite being widely tipped to join Fremantle, West Coast remain firmly in play, according to reports.
It comes as Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes lashed Jackson for his performances in two quiet finals as the the Demons were bundled out in straight sets.
“It was really poor and he will be quite embarrassed by some of those physical efforts,” he said on Footy Classified.
“He was in a position to mark the footy and didn’t go. You get found out in finals, for a player that hasn’t done a whole lot, we speak about him a whole lot.
“He plays one good game every 12 I reckon Luke Jackson, so if he goes I actually don’t think it’s the worst thing for Melbourne, because what you’re going to get back is two first-round draft picks for him.
“I think certainly in the short term, and if they get their drafting right with the picks they get for Jackson, this isn’t a disaster at all, Luke Jackson leaving.
“I’m not sure and not convinced he is a 250-game AFL player.”
The Eagles have pick two in this year’s national draft and theoretically a stronger hand at the trade table, but will need to get permission from the AFL to be able deal their first selection — which they will almost certainly be given.
They are currently frozen out of trading their first pick this year because of previous deals which parted with top selections, including the move to bring Tim Kelly west.
They could also explore splitting the pick and using one first round selection to bring Jackson to the club.
Fremantle’s first pick in the draft currently stands at 13, but they will need to offer another selection as part of any deal which secures Jackson.
Any deal Fremantle are involved in could also be tied into Rory Lobb’s expected move east.
The ruck-forward requested a trade at the end of last season and is expected to try and force a move again this year, likely to the Western Bulldogs.
Lobb is one of a number of Dockers who have remained in Melbourne after the club held its Mad Monday celebrations in the city after their semifinal defeat to Collingwood on Saturday night.
Griffin Logue and Blake Acres also stayed in Melbourne and are among a host of players who could be heading for the exit door in pursuit of longer and more lucrative deals elsewhere as the Dockers brace for Jackson’s salary cap burden and prepare a haul of picks.
Carlton is the most likely suitor for Acres, while Darcy Tucker has also been linked to North Melbourne and weekend reports suggest Liam Henry could also be exploring his options.