Cats doubt Deledio, Tuohy trades
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Geelong admit they are not expecting to engineer AFL trades for Brett Deledio and Zach Tuohy, saying it might be too tough to recruit the pair.
Cats midfielder Josh Caddy is Richmond's main target in a potential trade for Deledio, but so far Geelong are rejecting that idea.
Likewise, there is no immediate progress over Bryce Gibbs' bombshell revelation that he wants to break his five-year contract with Carlton and return to South Australia to play for Adelaide.
And Hawthorn forward Luke Breust is adamant that he will not move to Gold Coast as part of a trade for Jaeger O'Meara.
But there was some movement on Tuesday as the AFL trade period continued.
Free agent Daniel Wells joined Collingwood on a three-year deal and 12 months after their initial attempt, Fremantle pulled off this year's first trade by giving up draft pick No.3 for Giants forward Cam McCarthy.
Deledio wants to leave Richmond for the Cats and likewise, Tuohy said on Monday that he hopes to leave Carlton for Geelong.
But Cats list manager Stephen Wells is pessimistic about being able to pull off the two trades.
"To add Brett and Zach would be great but we've made it very clear to those players and their managers ... that we're not really expecting this to happen," Wells told SEN on Tuesday.
"It's a bit different to this time last year when we brought in four players.
"We'd been preparing for that for quite a long time, probably a couple of years really, and had the draft picks and the salary cap space and positions on our list where we were able to do those four trades.
"Whereas this year, coming late, it's going to be a bit harder for us to do."
Also on Tuesday, Breust admitted speculation about him being a part of the O'Meara trade had been unsettling.
"Probably early on it did rattle me a little bit, but it's all part of the AFL industry these days," he said.
"You just have to accept that and roll with the punches."
But the triple-premiership forward, who is contracted for next season, has no intention of heading north.
"Yeah, certainly (I'm staying)," Breust said.
"I've enjoyed my time at Hawthorn ... they've been very good to me in the past.
"I'll be staying at Hawthorn next year."
Breust was thought to be one of the six to eight players the Hawks presented to Gold Coast as possible recruits in initial trade discussions.
O'Meara nominated the Hawks as his preferred destination after a frustrating run with injury that has sidelined him since round 23 of the 2014 season.
Hawthorn are also attempting to come up with an acceptable trade for Sydney onballer Tom Mitchell, who has nominated the Hawks too.