KENNEDY TO BLUES IN TROUBLE?
- Sam Landsberger and Sam Edmund
CARLTON has hit a speed bump in its pursuit of Greater Western Sydney midfielder Matthew Kennedy.
The struggle for Kennedy comes after the Blues had the rug pulled from underneath them on Tom Rockliff (Port Adelaide), Devon Smith (Essendon) and almost certainly Adam Saad.
Brisbane Lions are watching closely and have long wanted Kennedy. The Gabba window is ajar because the Blues do not have a second-round selection to satisfy the Giants.
Sources close to Kennedy remain confident a deal with Carlton will eventually get done.
The midfielder recently nominated the Blues as his preferred destination, preferring a move to Melbourne.
A month ago Kennedy told the Lions ‘no’. But as trade period approaches halftime, Kennedy’s current club would prefer to send him north.
The Lions are armed with picks 1, 12, 18 and 19 in next month’s draft.
It is understood Carlton’s future second-round pick is now being discussed as both clubs ponder where the Blues might finish in 2018.
The Blues could yet part with superstar midfielder Bryce Gibbs with Adelaide suddenly stocked with early selections in the next two drafts.
The Crows boast picks 10 and 16 as well as two 2018 first-round picks. They could net another early selection should they trade contracted goalkicker Charlie Cameron to the Lions.
Kennedy wants to come to Melbourne because it is closer to his hometown of Collingullie.
The inside midfielder played 16 games for the Giants this season although did not play in any of the club’s finals.
Blues’ football boss Andy McKay said Kennedy was similar to star Patrick Cripps.