The reigning premiers have landed a former Essendon finest and fairest winner as a possible 2022 top-up.
Plus the Gold Coast Suns have acquired an enormous enhance with the upcoming signature of considered one of their brightest stars.
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PREMIERS LAND EX-BOMBERS BEST AND FAIREST
A former Essendon best-and-fairest winner may very well be operating out for Melbourne this season if a Covid outbreak forces top-ups for use.
David Zaharakis has been added to the Casey Demons VFL checklist, studies Seven, making him eligible to play for Melbourne this yr.
If a membership is lowered to fewer than 28 out there gamers due to Covid, it will probably name on top-up gamers from their state league facet.
Zaharakis was delisted by the Bombers final yr after a 226-game profession that included his well-known 2009 Anzac Day efficiency and a best-and-fairest nod in 2011.
Demons coach Simon Goodwin was an assistant at Essendon earlier than taking his present position and labored with Zaharakis at Tullamarine.
BEN KING SIGNS TWO-YEAR SUNS EXTENSION
Gold Coast Suns star Ben King has signed a brand new two-year extension with the membership, in accordance with a number of studies.
The 21-year outdated was set to be probably the most wanted gamers available on the market when his contract expired at season’s finish as a number of Victorian golf equipment circled.
However King’s new two-year contract ties the gun ahead to the Suns till a minimum of the top of 2024 in an enormous enhance, with the Herald Solar reporting the deal is predicted to be value over $800,000 a season.
King will miss all the 2021 season as he recovers from an ACL damage sustained over the pre-season in a devastating blow for Gold Coast because it seems to bounce again from final yr’s Sixteenth-placed end.
His supervisor Robbie D’Orazio advised SEN the previous Choose 6, who’s twin brother Max performs for St Kilda, was “a extremely loyal individual.”
King has booted 89 targets from 53 AFL video games, ending seventh in final yr’s Coleman Medal rely.
KEY CONTRACT TALKS SET FOR ENGLISH
Tim English’s administration is about to carry key talks with the Western Bulldogs because the out-of-contract ruckman weighs up his future.
The 24-year outdated West Australian has lengthy been focused by Fremantle and West Coast, with the latter reportedly set to launch an aggressive bid for English because it canvasses a long-term substitute for Nic Naitanui.
It was reported final month that regardless of English being pleased on the Canine, contract talks with the membership have stalled as a consequence of “complicating elements” together with his associate, Rudi Ellis, signing a brand new two-year extension with Tremendous Netball crew West Coast Fever, whereas the couple current purchased a property in Fremantle.
However talking on SEN radio, Company Sports activities Australia supervisor, Colin Younger, stated such conversations have been set to ramp up quickly.
“It’s too early to say. I do know (his supervisor Andrew McDougall) caught up with him earlier within the week and Tim was at this stage speaking about how excited he was in regards to the season, I believe he was going to get extra of a ruck position from what we’ve heard, and he actually needs to win that premiership,” Younger advised SEN’s Dwayne’s World.
“I believe that’s the principle factor on the agenda proper now, however you’re not Blind Freddy, Nic Nat (Nic Naitanui) is coming to an finish at West Coast, there have been a few Melbourne golf equipment that reached out final yr as Tim was sad.
“However in the mean time, he’s extraordinarily pleased. He’s finest mates with the ‘Astronaut’ (Aaron Naughton), they reside not removed from one another and he’s loving Melbourne in the mean time.
“It’s going to be an attention-grabbing yr. I do know the Bulldogs have gotten 4 or 5 superstars out of contract. I believe Andrew is catching up with Sam Energy (Canine checklist boss) on Monday on the newest to have a chat to see the place they’re sitting as nicely as a result of they’ve bought a good bit on their plate.
“I believe the subsequent couple of weeks as we get into the season, issues will begin to pan out.”
A number of extra key Bulldogs come out of contract this yr together with Jack Macrae, Bailey Dale, Caleb Daniel, Bailey Smith, Josh Dunkley and Jason Johannisen.