The grand final’s extension into October has thrown several non-participating clubs into chaos.

Potential trade negotiations have been put on hold until the premiership is decided on Saturday.

Chris Tarrant’s desire to rejoin Collingwood has left both Carlton and Hawthorn, who are also interested in his services, in limbo.

With the Magpies focused on defeating St Kilda this weekend, they have postponed discussions with players and player-agents for a week.

Other clubs, particularly those either chasing or preparing to offload defenders, have also been affected.

Tarrant’s management has deferred discussions with the Blues and the Hawks until he has talked to Collingwood, where he played for nine seasons before joining the Dockers.

Hawthorn list manager Chris Pelchen yesterday confirmed his club had been placed in a holding pattern by Tarrant.

“Paul Connors (Tarrant’s agent) has advised us that Chris’s preference is to start with Collingwood,” Pelchen said. “We maintain our interest in Chris, but we’ll also consider other options.”

It is believed the Hawks have also spoken to Carlton about Bret Thornton and to the Western Bulldogs about the availability of Andrejs Everitt.

Tarrant, 30, had his career rejuvenated by Fremantle coach Mark Harvey as a defender but injuries have restricted him this year.

Tarrant, who was an All-Australian forward in 2003, was Collingwood’s leading goal kicker for five seasons.Fremantle has made it known it wants a quality player in return for trading him to a Melbourne-based club.

The AFL yesterday put its official player-exchange period back by one day. It was due to start on October 11 but will now begin the following day, and run for a week.

The league’s draft combine at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra will start on schedule today and finish on Friday but without full participation from St Kilda and Collingwood, who will keep all coaches, football operations heads and fitness staff in Melbourne.

More than 100 draft prospects from around the country will be tested and on show in Canberra, with the Saints and the Pies only represented by their recruiting networks.

After returning to Adelaide last Thursday, Carlton ruckman Sam Jacobs officially notified the Blues yesterday that he wanted to become a Crow.

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