Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd says the Bombers should throw the kitchen sink at Brodie Grundy in a bid to prise him out of Collingwood.
The All-Australian ruckman will be a free agent at the end of next season and is standing firm on his desire for a seven-year contract. Collingwood has so far only offered a three-year deal.
His manager Robbie D’Orazio says rival clubs have asked about the 25-year-old and amid talk of a return to South Australia Lloyd believes Grundy could leave for another Melbourne-based club.
The Magpies will also be trying to sort out new deals for Jordan De Goey, Darcy Moore and skipper Scott Pendlebury in 2020 as they manage a tight salary cap.
“If I was (Essendon list boss) Adrian Dodoro as soon as this trade period was over I’d be saying Brodie, here’s seven years, here’s $8 million dollars,” Lloyd said.
“Tom Bellchambers is over 30 now so they’re crying out for a ruckman.”
The Bombers have been linked to Carlton back-up big man Andrew Phillips, but Lloyd said he was only a short-term solution.
“Collingwood, while this haggling is going on, I’d be playing the game,” he told Trade Radio, adding Richmond’s mission to sign boom free agent Tom Lynch took more than a year.
“I’d be starting the process now.
“If I was Carlton I’d be starting the process now with Matthew Kreuzer coming to the end.
“(For Grundy) it’s not about Adelaide and going home, it’s about Collingwood and whichever club offers him the right deal.
“He will play for another Melb club if he can’t reach the right deal at Collingwood.”