Mitch Clark dealing hots up
Brisbane has made discreet inquiries about rising West Coast youngster Scott Lycett in trade bargaining for departed Lions big man Mitch Clark.
The athletic tall forward-ruckman has been researched as Lions management consider West Coast offers in frantic bidding for Clark who wants to resume his career back in his home state of Western Australia.
Lycett, just 19, was a second round choice and 29 overall by West Coast at last year’s national draft and played just one senior AFL game in his debut season.
Clark, who turns 24 just two days after AFL trading closes on Monday October 17, has indicated a preference to be traded to Fremantle.
He played 82 Lions games after he was a plum first round choice and number nine overall at the 2005 national draft.
But Clark’s priority is to continue his potentially exciting career from his home state.
West Coast consider the agile and versatile big man a long term forward and ruck back-up with veterans Dean Cox and Quinten Lynch entering twilight stages of their careers.
Fremantle consider the classy Clark a crucial ingredient in their forward line and premiership hopes within the next two to three seasons.
But, Brisbane authorities and especially coach Michael Voss are understood to have rejected early trade offers from the Dockers.
It seems Fremantle only want to part with a second round draft pick and possibly a player.
The Lions insist on a lot more in return for Clark’s trade.
Fremantle has so far refused to budge on releasing their first round pick at 16 or the concession selection for the loss of midfielder Rhys Palmer to Greater Western Sydney which the Dockers can bank for use in any of the next five drafts.
It appears West Coast is offering a more appealing draft selection and even a player similar to Clark if the highly promising Lycett was part of the deal.
Lycett was recruited to West Coast from South Australia as an athletic key forward and part-time ruckman with strong marking prowess and key position versatility.
He turned in an encouraging debut in West Coast’s thrilling eight-point win over the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium in Round 19 in late July when Lycett gathered 11 possessions and booted two goals.
He spent the remainder of the 2011 season in WAFL ranks as an imposing key big forward marking target in 17 games out of a possible 20 in the local WA competition with struggling team Peel Thunder.