AFL trade news: Rival club ramps up interest in Hawthorn Hawks Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell as key to trade emerges

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Collingwood is beginning to zero in on trade target Tom Mitchell, and Brodie Grundy could be the key to getting the deal done.

The Pies are after some inside midfield depth to help injury-prone Taylor Adams, ageing skipper Scott Pendlebury, and the ever-reliable Jack Crisp.

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7NEWS Melbourne’s Mitch Cleary revealed on Monday night that Tom Mitchell has inched closer to filling that void for Collingwood.

“Talks between the Magpies and Tom Mitchell’s management have ramped up since Mitchell returned home from Europe early last week,” Cleary said.

Tom Mitchell is being sounded out by Collingwood. Credit: Getty

But for Collingwood to bring Mitchell and his hefty price tag in, they will need to clear some salary cap space, which Melbourne may be able to assist with, as Cleary explained.

“Mitchell is keen on a move to the Pies, and the Pies want a center clearance specialist, but they’ll need to open money,” he said.

“Brodie Grundy moving to Melbourne is one potential avenue, which is looking increasingly likely.”

They may have further space in the cap cleared if star midfielder Jordan De Goey decides to go elsewhere, which suddenly looms large after he and his management rejected the Pies’ revised contract offer on Monday.

Brodie Grundy may be traded to Melbourne. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

“Jordan De Goey has knocked back Collingwood’s long term offer due to its strict behavioural clauses,” Cleary said.

“The Pies remain in talks with his management, but St Kilda is also in the conversation, given its offer has less stipulations.”

It’s understood the much-maligned star is still keen to stay at the club though, with his only reservations for the long term offer being the behavioural conditions.

The Magpies want a level of protection in the contract for the 26-year-old, who has been involved in several off-field incidents throughout his career.

Last October, De Goey was arrested over a drunken incident in a New York nightclub and later pleaded guilty to a downgraded charge of harassment.

Jordan De Goey’s future is still up in the air. Credit: JOEL CARRETT/AAPIMAGE

He was also in hot water earlier this year when a video emerged of him making lewd gestures at a bar in Bali during the Magpies’ mid-season bye. That indiscretion saw the club withdraw an earlier contract offer.

De Goey played 16 games in 2022, but saved his best for the finals series with two brilliant performances against Geelong and Fremantle.

The Pies have a lot on their plate in the coming weeks, with De Goey’s contract at the top of a priority list which also includes the signatures of Brisbane key forward Dan McStay, GWS livewire Bobby Hill, and Adelaide big man Billy Frampton.

McStay and Hill are all but certain to find their way to Collingwood, while Frampton is keen to slot into Jordan Roughead’s old post at full back for the Pies, having been tried as a ruck and forward at both Port Adelaide and the Crows.

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