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Dom Sheed Fremantle would be good fit says Lee Spurr, Tom Clurey contract, open to move

As West Coast prepares for a significant list transition, a former Docker reckons Dom Sheed would be an appropriate acquisition for Fremantle.

Plus a contracted Power player is reportedly open to a trade.

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DEES COACH RESPONDS TO GRUNDY ‘HYSTERIA’

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin insists his club doesn’t want to trade Brodie Grundy at season’s end, despite the ruck’s shock demotion to the VFL.

Grundy, who was traded from Collingwood last year and landed at Melbourne following Luke Jackson’s departure to Fremantle, was sensationally dropped for the Demons’ Round 18 clash against the Lions.

Goodwin last week said the club wanted to see Grundy play “purely as a forward” at VFL level to help him improve his skills inside 50 so he and skipper Max Gawn can play in the same side.

Several commentators suggested Grundy would struggle to quickly pick up the forward craft needed to have an impact at AFL level this year. But Grundy’s demotion also sparked ample discussion about his future, both publicly and privately among clubs, with five-time All-Australian Garry Lyon conceding it was “unlikely” he’d remain at Melbourne this year.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Goodwin said there’d “been a fair bit of hysteria” since Melbourne’s selection call, but insisted Grundy was “buying in” to the plan and “wants this combination to work” between him and skipper Max Gawn.

“From a process of how we‘re trying to make this combination the most dominant combination in the game, I went on the record post-game saying that we love the ruck combination – which we do – but we’re trying to increase the combination forward of the ball,” Goodwin said.

“We‘re not trying to turn Brodie Grundy into a forward – let’s be really clear on that. We’re trying to turn this ruck combination into a dominant force that help us in the ruck but they also help us ahead of the ball.

“On the back of that hysteria – I‘ve heard he’s playing as a permanent forward, I’ve heard we’re trying to trade him – that’s not the case. We love Brodie Grundy. We think this is going to be a dominant force and we’re going to keep working to do it. We’ve got a growth mindset around it.”

Goodwin reiterated that Grundy’s attitude had been “first-class” in the past week.

“If it all works out, we see Brodie and Max playing 10 minutes a quarter forward of the ball,” he said. “But how we get that extra exposure is at VFL level, so he‘ll play as a permanent forward again this week.

“We know what he can do in the ruck. We‘re trying to increase his ability to impact forward of the ball … We think it’s exciting.”

WHY DOCKERS SHOULD CHASE EAGLES STAR

Fremantle should consider trading in star midfielder Dom Sheed from cross-town rivals West Coast, according to former Dockers defender Lee Spurr.

Sheed in 2021 signed a contract extension with West Coast. While the Eagles at the time didn’t specify the length of the deal, reports indicated he’d recommitted to the club for a further four years.

The 28-year-old, who famously kicked the match-winning goal for West Coast in the 2018 Grand Final, has endured an injury-interrupted past two seasons.

Speaking to The West Australian, Spurr said Sheed was the type of player Fremantle needs, but added the Dockers would need to do work some magic at the trade table to get him considering, at this stage, they don’t hold a first-round pick in this year’s draft.

“Is Dom Sheed a possible trade and would he fit at Freo, a cross-town rival?” he told The West Australian.

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“Inside-mid. Good skills. Experience. Big-game player. Can play wing, half-forward. He is not quick, so you don’t get speed with him, but you would get elite use.

“Does it get packaged into a deal? Is it a four-way club trade where Dom Sheed ends up at Freo? But how do they get a pick inside the first two rounds, what do they have to give up?”

West Coast faces a significant off-season, with coach Adam Simpson assuring frustrated supporters his club had a clear plan to regenerate the playing list via upcoming national drafts.

“We‘re going to transition the list pretty quickly, it’s going to be one of the youngest lists in the comp in a year or so. We want to get some picks at the top end if we can,” he said in June.

PORT BACKMAN OPEN TO MOVE

Contracted Port Adelaide defender Tom Clurey is open to the prospect of finding a new AFL team, reports AFL Media.

Clurey, who won’t play again this season due to a back injury, signed a contract extension in 2022 that tied him to the club until at least the end of the 2025 season.

But AFL Media reported on Thursday morning that Clurey was open to a trade this year in a bid for more senior opportunities.

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Clurey has played 124 games for the Power since being drafted out of the Murray Bushrangers with Pick 29 in the 2012 draft.

The big-bodied backman earlier this year played four SANFL games and one AFL match, which was against the Crows in the Round 3 Showdown,

But after being sidelined for several weeks due to ongoing back pain, Clurey last week was ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to resect a bulging disc.

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