Suns and Dons haggle over Saad picks
Gold Coast has rejected an offer from Essendon that would see the Bombers’ pick No.11 make its way to the Suns in exchange for Adam Saad and pick No.19.
A deal could still be struck between the clubs, however, if the Bombers are willing to accept one of the Suns’ second-round picks (No.22 and No.24) instead of No.19.
Saad, who is contracted until the end of 2018, finished 10th in the Suns’ 2017 best and fairest and the club views an eight-pick rise in the draft order as insufficient compensation for the explosive half-back.
Could the Suns deal with anyone else?
Saad, who is settling in Melbourne after returning from holiday in Thailand, nominated Essendon as his preferred club, but his request for a trade was so he could return home to Melbourne for family reasons.
The Suns are hopeful they would be able to deal with other clubs if a deal with Essendon couldn’t be struck.
Carlton also showed early interest in Saad before the Bombers were nominated as his preferred home.
Saad’s camp remains hopeful a deal will be struck soon to send the 23-year-old to Essendon, setting the Bombers up to focus on their other deals.
The Suns have rejected the Bombers’ first offer for Adam Saad.
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