Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Esava Ratugolea won’t be part of trades, says manager


Former Essendon great Scott Lucas, who is now a player manager, has told Trade Radio that Geelong’s Esava Ratugolea won’t be part of any deal to send Jeremy Cameron to the Cats with no players wanting to move from Geelong to the Giants.

The Cats offered two first-round picks to the Giants and were hoping for a sweetener back in exchange for Cameron, but Greater Western Sydney has held firm.

Meanwhile, Geelong have had discussions with Essendon about moving up the draft order to gain a top 10 pick for one of those picks but neither party has moved yet.

Lucas, who runs Phoenix Management, also confirmed that the contracted Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti would be at Essendon next season and not tied up in any deal for Josh Dunkley, who has requested a trade to Essendon with two years left to run on his contract.



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Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Esava Ratugolea won’t be part of trades, says manager


Former Essendon great Scott Lucas, who is now a player manager, has told Trade Radio that Geelong’s Esava Ratugolea won’t be part of any deal to send Jeremy Cameron to the Cats with no players wanting to move from Geelong to the Giants.

The Cats offered two first-round picks to the Giants and were hoping for a sweetener back in exchange for Cameron, but Greater Western Sydney has held firm.

Meanwhile, Geelong have had discussions with Essendon about moving up the draft order to gain a top 10 pick for one of those picks but neither party has moved yet.

Lucas, who runs Phoenix Management, also confirmed that the contracted Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti would be at Essendon next season and not tied up in any deal for Josh Dunkley, who has requested a trade to Essendon with two years left to run on his contract.



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AFL trade news, rumours, whispers 2020: Jeremy Cameron trade, Geelong, GWS Giants, Esava Ratugolea, Orazio Fantasia, Port Adelaide


Jeremy Cameron dropped the bombshell on the Giants, but now it’s up to them to work out how much they can get for him.

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Cats drop Jack Steven, Esava Ratugolea for AFL qualifying final against Power



Geelong has dropped high-profile recruit Jack Steven and Esava Ratugolea for Thursday night’s opening qualifying final against Port Adelaide.

Steven and Ratugolea have been replaced by Tom Atkins and Rhys Stanley for the much-anticipated clash at Adelaide Oval, with the winner to advance to the preliminary finals.

Stanley will play his first match since round 14, having recovered from a groin injury, and he will replace Ratugolea in the ruck.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has also made changes to his line-up.

Defender Ryan Burton will play his first match since sustaining a thigh injury in round 16.

Burton has been summoned along with Tom Clurey, who has overcome a hamstring strain, and Zak Butters, who has served a two-match suspension.

The trio replace Jarrod Lienert, Riley Bonner and Boyd Woodcock.

Half-back Burton has managed just six matches this season amid a spate of soft tissue injuries.

Hinkley, speaking before the Power line-up was confirmed, said he was prepared to gamble with the selection of Burton, despite his most recent injury lay-off.

“There is always risk when you bring people back in that have had some recent injuries,” Hinkley said.

“But there’s always a risk with any player.”

Key defender Clurey had a torrid time when pitted against Geelong’s Tom Hawkins in round 12 when the Cats forward booted six goals in his side’s 60-point thrashing of the Power.

But Hinkley has not dwelled on that result, noting the Power did not lose another match after the defeat.

“We’re in really good form, we learnt a lot from the game we played against Geelong,” he said.

“We are playing here at Adelaide Oval. We have got some things in our favour that perhaps weren’t in our favour last time.”

Port Adelaide earned hosting rights by finishing on top of the ladder, a position the club held for the entire home-and-away season.

Geelong was placed fourth on the ladder.

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