Two-time All-Australian Kane Cornes believes offloading Brodie Grundy would solve a “significant issue” for Collingwood as speculation mounts the Pies could raise the prospect of a trade with the ruckman.
Cornes’ comments come after ex-Lions and Power star Tom Rockliff suggested over the weekend that Grundy “won’t be in Collingwood next year”, telling Triple M the Pies would be “happy to separate from him”. Rockliff said the Giants had been presented as a possible suitor, while a move to Port Adelaide would make sense given Power’s struggles this season.
That’s despite Grundy’s current contract – reportedly worth $1 million per season over seven years – tying him to the Magpies until at least the end of the 2027 season.
Watch every AFL blockbuster game this weekend live and ad-free on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >
Speaking on the Footy Triple M Podcast, 7 Melbourne News Journalist Tom Browne said there had been “whispers in recent weeks that Collingwood might be ready to put Grundy up for sale”. He said the club are happy with their ruck-forward options of Darcy Cameron, Mason Cox and Aiden Begg, all of which have stepped up in the absence of Grundy, who has been sidelined since Anzac Day due to a knee injury.
While the Pies “have yet to reveal their hand”, Browne said the prospect of them asking for a trade for Grundy was “a live issue now in the latter part of the year”.
“My information this afternoon is that Grundy’s management even now expects Collingwood to flag the possibility of them possibly asking if Grundy is interested in being traded,” Browne said on the Footy Triple M Podcast. “Clearly Grundy should accept this – and Collingwood has yet to ask.
NEW FIRST PODCAST CRACK — Envelope R17: No more “tiger trauma”, leave Ginnivan alone!
Listen below or subscribe to Apple Podcasts or Spotify
“But it’s become a bit of an open secret in football – or certainly an opinion – that they’re going to ask for that again. I point out that Collingwood haven’t revealed their hand in this regard, but it’s certainly a possibility. , in my opinion and according to my information, now in the last part of the season and from a commercial point of view.
“Does that mean another club will take him? Not necessarily. Of course, Collingwood would presumably have to contribute part of his salary.
Cornes said Monday morning that if Grundy was happy to move and the Pies could find a suitor, it would help the club from a salary cap perspective.
“Collingwood wishes he weren’t here…I think that’s a big issue for them,” Cornes said on SEN breakfast.
“This is another example of those stupid long-term contracts that rarely, if ever, work. They sound great at the time, and then you go two years and you’re like, ‘Wait, Darcy Cameron is pretty good, we could use that million bucks trying to get a striker that we don’t have.’
As for potential suitors, Cornes said: “He’s an Adelaide lad and Port Adelaide could absolutely use him on the pitch, but does he want to go there first?”
“He can refuse any trade. Does he want to return to Adelaide? He seems to enjoy Melbourne and has a fairly healthy lifestyle.
“Would he fit into Port Adelaide and take over from Scott Lycett? What compensation would Collingwood want for a contracted player? Is it just a salary dump?