AFL Trade: Could Gold Coast offload out-of-favour Will Brodie to Fremantle?

Catherine Healey and NewscorpThe West Australian
Will Brodie has struggled to cement a spot in Gold Coast’s best 22.
Camera IconWill Brodie has struggled to cement a spot in Gold Coast’s best 22. Credit: Matt Roberts/AFL Photos/via AFL Photos

Gold Coast’s former top 10 draft pick Will Brodie could find a new home at Fremantle, either during the trade period or as a delisted free agent.

The 23-year-old Brodie, who is due a significant 2022 contract, is unlikely to play much senior football at the Suns after falling down the midfield pecking order.

In a best-case scenario for both clubs, a trade could allow the Dockers to restructure Brodie’s contract.

He’s managed just six games in the past two seasons, for a total of 25 career games after being snapped up with pick nine in the 2016 draft.

If the Suns do not have the list spot for Brodie, he could be delisted and find his way to the Dockers as a delisted free agent.

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Brodie is a clearance expert but in a team with Touk Miller, Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson, has not been able to find a regular role.

Will Brodie managed just 25 games at the Suns in five seasons.
Camera IconWill Brodie managed just 25 games at the Suns in five seasons. Credit: Albert Perez/via AFL Photos

Essendon were reportedly interested in Brodie’s services, but that interest waned when Darcy Parish, Zach Merrett and Jake Stringer signed new deals late in the season.

Brodie’s potential arrival at Fremantle could offset any drama associated with the deal for Geelong’s Jordan Clark.

The Cats want Fremantle’s pick eight in the upcoming draft, but the Dockers have only offered their pick 27.

The standoff could see Geelong retain the contracted WA youngster, who was taken with pick 15 in the 2018 draft, for the final year of his deal.

Another option is for Fremantle to secure both pick six and 25 from the Blues for departing midfielder Adam Cerra, with the latter then used as part of a deal for Clark.

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