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“He should be the Tom Lynch plan B”

Melbourne duo Tom McDonald and Angus Brayshaw could garner interest from a number of clubs during this season’s trade period.

The pair are currently out of contract and no closer to putting pen to paper on a new deal as the Dees continue to sweat over their futures.

McDonald, who is currently sidelined with a toe injury,  has become a vital cog for Simon Goodwin due to his ability to play at both ends of the ground.

Speaking on Future Stars yesterday, AFL journalist Cal Twomey believes McDonald could be a great alternative for clubs who fail in their pursuit of Gold Coast star Tom Lynch.

“He should be the Tom Lynch plan B,” Twomey said.

“The clubs who are interested in Tom Lynch like Richmond, Collingwood, Hawthorn should be looking at McDonald as well.

“He is only 25 so your going to get a player who plays for another eight years so its not just the short term – it is a long term investment.”

North Melbourne champion Brent Harvey says his versatility would make him an attractive proposition at the trade table.

“I think thats the big thing; the fact he can play back and forward and you don’t lock him into one position because he is so versatile,” Harvey said.

“If you have got injuries one week then we have a big swing man who can play both roles.”

As for Brayshaw, he has been out of favour early this season after being overlooked for the Dees opening three games before returning to the side against Hawthorn yesterday.

The 22-year old’s career has been curtailed so far by injury, but Twomey believes his inside grunt would be welcome at a particular Victorian club.

“Angus Brayshaw isn’t in their best midfield at the moment and has been forced to play across half-back at times,” he said.

“He is a real talent; an inside midfielder that clubs are searching for. I think the Bombers should be right into him because there is a spot for him in their midfield.”