Dick looks to Freo
Former Collingwood forward Brad Dick is attempting to restart his career at Fremantle after being granted permission to train with the Perth-based club this week.
The 23-year-old was delisted by the Pies last month but kept training with them and had been considered a chance to be retained on their rookie list.
But the former East Fremantle player has decided to return to his home state after five injury-riddled seasons as a Magpie.
He endured a knee and two shoulder reconstructions ahead of the 2011 season before disaster struck again in June this year when he injured his right knee while playing for Collingwood’s VFL team against the Casey Scorpions and required another reconstruction.
He recently told The West Australian he thought he faced his last chance at an AFL career after being drafted in the 2006 NAB AFL Draft.
“I’ll be back home, so a bit of luck might go my way and we’ll see how we go from there. I think this will be my last chance,” he said.
“I’ve had it in my mind for a couple of months now but only really made the decision last week.
“I’m running again and all that … it will take another couple of months before I can start full training but I just want to keep working and getting stronger.
“I had a chat to Ross [Lyon] today and he seemed pretty good, so hopefully they pick me up in the rookie draft or something.”
Ruckman Paul Johnson has been invited back to train with Hawthorn after one year and one match with the club off the rookie list. The former Demon, 27, was delisted last month.
Tom Couch, son of 1989 Brownlow medallist Paul, has been invited to train with Melbourne after playing the past two seasons for Bell Park in the Geelong football league.
Couch was a VFL top-up player for Collingwood’s VFL team this season and played 12 games for the seniors.
Former St Kilda midfielder Nicholas Heyne has been invited to train with Carlton, while ex-Blue Mark Austin is off to Whitten Oval to train with the Western Bulldogs.
Heyne, 21, was delisted by the Saints last month after just three senior games in as many years while Austin, an athletic defender, was cut by the Blues after 15 games since he was drafted in 2006.
The full list of players permitted to train with AFL clubs, with new additions underlined:
James Craig (Adelaide), Will Young (Adelaide)
Nicholas Heyne (St Kilda)
Daniel Farmer (Collingwood), Scott Reed (Collingwood), Trent Stubbs (Collingwood)
Matt Little (Bendigo Bombers)
Brad Dick (Collingwood), Clancee Pearce (Fremantle)
Michael Coad (Gold Coast)
Paul Johnson (Hawthorn)
Tom Couch (Collingwood / Bell Park)
Gavin Urquhart (North Melbourne)
Pat Contin (Richmond), David Fahey (Coburg), Glen Grgic (Coburg), Ben Jakobi (Richmond), John McCarthy (Collingwood), Addam Maric (Melbourne), Leigh Masters (Coburg), William Wheeler (Coburg)
Ben Casley (GWS), Beau Dowler (Noble Park), James Hallahan (Sandringham), Danny Hughes (Sandringham), Michael Lourey (Sandringham), James Magner (Sandringham), Marcus Marigliani (Sandringham)
Campbell Heath (Sydney Swans), Jackson Potter (Pennant Hills), Mitch Thompson (Sydney University)
Mark Austin (Carlton)