Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd has urged both Essendon and Carlton to make a play for Collingwood superstar Brodie Grundy.
The ruckman is seeking a seven-year deal, which the Pies are currently unwilling to entertain, and Lloyd believes the Victorian rivals should attempt to get in his ear heading into 2020.
“If I was (Essendon list manager) Adrian Dodoro, as soon as this trade period is done, I would be saying Brodie, here is seven years, here’s $8 million,” Lloyd told Telstra AFL Trade Radio.
“Every club wants Grundy, but the Bombers, Tom Bellchambers has a year or two left … they’re crying out for a ruckman.
“Andrew Phillips and all these guys, they serve a purpose for 12 months as backup, but while this haggling is going on (with Collingwood), I’d start the process now.
“I think Carlton should start the process now with Brodie Grundy with Matthew Kreuzer coming to the end.”
Damian Barrett however believes the Blues may have already made an inquiry to Grundy’s management.
“I believe Carlton has started the process now. What that means is I think a call has gone through to management and that is probably where it has started and ended at this stage,” he said.
“If you’re a Victorian club, it’s not just the Adelaide options for Brodie Grundy and you (Lloyd) revealed that last week, you’ve got some genuine intel on that situation.
“Any club that is willing to offer Grundy seven years at the money he believes he deserves is in the race for him.”