Stalemate in $4.5m AFL star’s trade stand-off

GWS and Geelong are reportedly locked in a stalemate over Jeremy Cameron after the restricted free agent expressed a desire to join the Cats next year.

The Giants became the first club in free agency history to match a rival club’s offer after Geelong tabled Cameron a deal worth a reported $4.5 million over five years.

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Channel 7 AFL reporter Tom Browne said negotiations didn’t advance very far on the weekend as both sides try to secure their dream deal.

“In terms of Geelong, they’re trying to land Jeremy Cameron. There’s not a lot of progress on that over the weekend and if they don’t advance that today or tomorrow, that could be headed, I reckon, for mediation,” Browne told the Triple M Hot Breakfast.

On Twitter, Browne added: “The Giants are holding out hope Cameron will stay. We know players usually get their preference. Jeremy ‘should’ get to Geelong.

“Either way Cameron will get the same money, a fortune, up to $1,000,000 a season. Mediation wouldn’t be out of the question at this rate.”

Cameron is a foundation player at the Giants and has been their leading goal-kicker every season. While GWS is open to a trade, so far the Sydneysiders and Geelong have been unable to come to terms that suit both parties.

“We put forward something to Geelong on the opening day (Wednesday) of the trade period, in writing, so since then Stephen Wells, their list manager, and myself have been having some conversations,” GWS list boss Jason McCartney told ABC Grandstand on the weekend.

“The reason we matched the free agency (offer from Geelong) was we weren’t going to be satisfied with the compensation (No. 11 draft pick) that would be handed out for the calibre of that player.

“Geelong have some assets in regards to players and also some nice selections, we’d be interested in looking at the combination of what we can do in order to facilitate that move.”

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Jeremy Cameron’s future is still murky.Source:Getty Images

Meanwhile, Collingwood is reportedly interested in poaching Hawthorn veteran Jack Gunston.

The Pies need to loosen some salary cap pressure and have already told Adam Treloar — contracted until the end of 2025 — he’s not wanted next year, while they’re also trying to move on Tom Phillips and maybe even 2018 Rising Star Jaidyn Stephenson and American import Mason Cox.

Gunston was crowned the Hawks’ best-and-fairest winner after an impressive 2020 season and the club is reportedly after a first-round pick should any trade eventuate.

Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd said if he was Hawthorn, he wouldn’t be letting Gunston go, but added Collingwood would be a big winner if it managed to secure the sharpshooter’s services after pushing Treloar out the door.

“Well done Collingwood if you were able to get Adam Treloar out and Jack Gunston in,” Lloyd told AFL Trade Radio.

“He’s the type of player they need. At the end of it all I’d go, ‘OK, now I know why Collingwood were trying to get Adam Treloar out’ because they had Jack Gunston in the wings all along.

“If you can get Adam Treloar out and Jack Gunston in, I think it would be a pretty big win for Collingwood.”

Browne thinks any deal that sees Gunston become a Magpie is unlikely.

“Hard to see Gunston getting done to Pies. Collingwood is keen. But Pies seem to want to go to the draft with any selection they receive for Treloar,” he tweeted.

“I don’t think Gunston is going anywhere. But it’s fact Collingwood are interested. And there is a slim chance he could go to the Pies.”

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