AFL trades 2021: Jarrod Brander’s future unclear after West Coast Eagles fail to find takers in trade period
West Coast utility Jarrod Brander has ended the trade period without a contract or a new club ahead of further talks with the Eagles.
The Eagles’ opening week move for Carlton’s Sam Petrevski-Seton was their only deal of a quiet trade period, leaving them with picks 10, 29, 35 and 68 in next month’s national draft.
West Coast recruiting and list boss Rohan O’Brien said meetings with Brander, 22, and his management would determine the future of the former first-round draft pick.
Asked whether there was any scenario where Brander could remain at the Eagles in 2022, O’Brien said: “There is, but we’ll have to work through it.
“We really haven’t had time to have those discussions with Jarrod or his management. So we need to let the dust settle.
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“There was a little bit of interest around Jarrod but nothing played out. We’ll touch base with his management in the next few days and just discuss what the next steps are from here.”
Fremantle football boss Peter Bell didn’t rule out the 195cm Brander becoming the first player to cross between the WA rivals in 21 years.
“We’ve had some conversations around Jarrod and where we’d see his game progressing,” Bell told 6PR.
“At this stage, it hasn’t amounted to anything. He’s certainly got size on his side.”
With veteran pair Josh Kennedy and Shannon Hurn poised to sign one-year contract extensions, the Eagles will use either three or four selections in the national draft on November 24 and 25.
O’Brien said the Eagles had achieved their simple trade period aims.
“To get Sam Petrevski-Seton in and keep our first three selections in the draft was the plan all along,” he said.
“It might be uneventful, but it was good to get it done.”
O’Brien said the Eagles did not shop senior stars around in an effort to improve their draft hand.
He also indicated strong faith in developing ruckman/forward Bailey Williams, 21, saying West Coast were no longer pursuing a back-up ruckman to replace retired premiership player Nathan Vardy.
“We’ve still got two developing rucks in Williams and (Callum) Jamieson that potentially get some good opportunity from here. So we’re not actively chasing another one, no,” O’Brien said.
“Bailey’s had a few years in the system now and he’s been developing along the way. He should continue to improve.”
West Coast’s first pick at 10 will slide back to at least 12 due to bid matching, though they remain open to pick swap deals between now and the draft which could edge them forward.
“If someone comes to us with something or there’s a way to potentially get up the order – whether that be in the next few weeks or on the night – we’ve got an open mind to that,” O’Brien said.
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