Ross Lyon gets ready to pounce on Brisbane Lion Mitch Clark
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon is about to get his man.
He is considered certain to lure Brisbane’s Mitch Clark west after trying to recruit him while at St Kilda.
The Dockers are optimistic about doing a deal for the Lions forward/ruckman early in trade week and are likely to meet over the weekend to thrash out details.
Clark’s arrival at Fremantle would prompt it to consider trading ruckman Jon Griffin to Port Adelaide. The Power is desperate to find a senior ruckman to play alongside Matthew Lobbe.
Former Adelaide Crow Griffin has a house in Port Adelaide,his wife hails from the area, and now he looks extremely likely to get back there.
And while Gold Coast seems to be priced out of the market for Adelaide’s Kurt Tippett this year, Brisbane has emerged as a contender for his services.
He might be the perfect replacement for Clark, with Tippett keen to get back to a Queensland club as he is homesick.
The Crows at this stage are backing themselves in to keep Tippett long term, especially with a new coach in Brenton Sanderson.
Lyon had spruiked his interest in luring a tall forward to St Kilda mid-year, and had expressed interest in Clark.
Clark’s manager Colin Young said yesterday he was hopeful of quick progress on the trade. “I am pretty confident Brisbane and Fremantle will get it done by Monday. The new coach was pretty keen to get Mitch to St Kilda towards the end of the season. I had some contact with the club then about where he was at.
“When Rossy went to Fremantle, nothing had changed,” he said.
“A bit of work will get done this week at the draft camp, but my gut feel is the two clubs might sit down over the weekend and get it done.”
The deal would likely involve a first-round pick and potentially a third-round pick, or maybe a player comparable to a first-round pick, then a later pick.
Fremantle has an end-of-first-round compensation selection after GWS took Rhys Palmer.
Young also manages Griffin, who has lacked opportunities since arriving at Fremantle late last year.
“I am pretty sure Port might throw their hat into the ring for him. He would be fairly happy to go back if they offered the No.1 ruck spot,” Young said.
Brisbane football manager Dean Warren recently said the Lions had an interest in 203cm Tippett.
“He is a Queenslander, he is obviously an exceptional athlete and he is becoming a terrific player. With Jonathan Brown entering veteran status over the next couple of years he would be a perfect succession plan for Brownie.”