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Trade whispers: Why Fremantle wouldn’t trade Connor Blakely for Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw

Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw won’t follow younger brothers Andrew and Hamish to WA, according to the latest trade whispers.

Brayshaw has played 95 AFL matches since being drafted by the Demons with pick three in the 2014 National Draft but remains at the centre of constant trade speculation.

His younger brothers are both in WA with Andrew making a name for himself at Fremantle while Hamish will debut for the Eagles this weekend.

AFL journalist Mitch Cleary said he couldn’t see the older Brayshaw fitting into Justin Longmuir’s midfield at Fremantle.

“This was a little bit of talk last year… (but there’s) nothing at this stage to suggest Angus would end up at the Dockers,” he said on AFL’s Trade Talk.

“I think it’s a watch this space given the Fremantle mix in that midfield.”

Cleary said given Docker Connor Blakely will likely seek a trade at the end of 2020, he doesn’t think a swap for Brayshaw is on the cards.

“I think Connor Blakely will be looking for a trade to get out if (the Dockers) can facilitate one,” he said.

“He is contracted at the Dockers for another couple of seasons but if another club comes calling, it’s hard to see them knocking that back as he’s not in Justin Longmuir’s plans as it sits right now.

“(Blakely’s) out of that Dockers team at the moment, almost a similar player to Angus Brayshaw, so if Connor Blakely can’t get a game why the need to bring in Angus Brayshaw?”

Ex-Demon Jordan Lewis says Melbourne should look to offload Brayshaw – who finished third in the 2018 Brownlow Medal count – given the midfield squeeze with Jack Viney.

“You certainly ask the question if you have got a lot of the same player,” he said on AFL Nation earlier this year.

“I think if it’s on the table, why wouldn’t you look at it? They’ve got currency. I wouldn’t trade Viney, but if they’ve got currency and you could get another player in to compliment what they’ve already got…”

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