Port Adelaide interested in Brodie Grundy, trade from Melbourne, contract, ruckman dumped by Demons


Port Adelaide would once again be interested in Brodie Grundy if he were to become available at season’s end.

Grundy – a South Australian – was approached by the Power ahead of last year’s trade period before ultimately deciding on a move to Melbourne to play alongside Max Gawn in a highly-publicised trade from Collingwood.

The two-time All Australian has given no indication he wants to move to a third AFL club, but Foxfooty.com.au understands Port Adelaide would again be interested in securing his services should he or the Demons opt for a move.

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His lucrative seven-year deal – initially signed with Collingwood – runs until the end of 2027.

When Gawn was injured earlier this year and Grundy was handed the keys to the ruck, the 29-year-old was the second-highest rated ruckman in the competition behind only Tim English.

The Power are in their premiership window, but lack a consistent ruck presence, with Scott Lycett managing just four games in 2022 due to a shoulder reconstruction.

Jeremy Finlayson has at times been deployed in the ruck role, but has also been crucial as a forward, while 23-year-old Brynn Teakle has struggled with a foot injury this season.

The Power’s lack of ruck options saw 20-year-old Dante Visentini make a last-minute AFL debut against Essendon earlier this month.

Former Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley told Foxfooty.com.au last week Grundy thrived on the responsibility of being the number one ruckman.

Making any potential trade more difficult, Port Adelaide does not own a first-round pick in this year’s draft, having dealt it in the Jason Horne-Francis swap last year. Currently their earliest selection is pick 37 (Collingwood’s second-round pick).

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