Richmond, Fremantle rebuff three-way deal involving Bulldog Jake Stringer
Jay Clark and Sam Edmund, Herald Sun
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FREMANTLE is the latest club to shut down the Western Bulldogs’ desperate bid to secure an early pick for Jake Stringer.
The Dockers follow Richmond, after the Herald Sun revealed this morning the Tigers had opted to sit out of a draft pick swap that could have helped Stringer get to Essendon.
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Now the Herald Sun can reveal the Dogs approached the Dockers with a renewed plan, with a third club now key to solving the most high-profile deal of the trade period.
Under the proposal, the Bulldogs were happy to pave Stringer’s way to Essendon in exchange for the Bombers’ two second-round selections — 24 and 29.
The Dogs then wanted to hand one of those picks and its first round selection — No.9 — to Fremantle for the Dockers’ pick five.
Richmond won’t help Essendon secure Jake Stringer from the Western Bulldogs. Picture: Michael Klein
Fremantle doesn’t have a pick between five and 40 in next month’s national draft and was seen to have an olive branch, but the Dockers said no.
It’s understood Fremantle’s pick five held appeal at the Bulldogs, who have taken a liking to a midfielder at next month’s national draft.
The Dockers rejection came after Richmond said it also wouldn’t get involved in a three-way deal to solve the Stringer impasse. The Tigers have picks 15 and 17 in the draft which they are holding, in part, to claim father-son midfielder Patrick Naish.
Essendon asked whether the Tigers would trade pick 15 (worth 1112 draft value index points) for the Bombers’ picks 24 and 29 (total 1438).
The draft value index points could be evened out even more by adding Richmond’s pick 51 (worth 249 points) to the deal, if necessary.
The deal could be a massive help for Essendon because they could offer pick No.15 on to the Bulldogs in return for Stringer.
Recently, respected manager Scott Lucas said he thought pick No.15 would be a fair trade for Stringer.
But the Tigers have indicated they aren’t interested in that deal and want to keep their two top-20 picks for Naish and another highly-rated player.