AFL Trade Speak: Sydney Swans Target Hunter Product Isaac Heeney

AFL Trade Speak: Sydney Swans Target Hunter Product Isaac Heeney

Hunter product Isaac Heeney is as soon as again one of many AFL’s most wanted players.

Lower than two weeks after gracing the game’s biggest stage at the MCG on grand last day, and years after being talked about as the league’s prime draft pick, the Sydney Swans are making the midfielder a precedence signing.

The club have opened talks with the 20-12 months-old former Cardiff Hawks star, whose contract expires on the finish of subsequent season.

"We have had preliminary discussions," Swans head of football Tom Harley said.

"He is absolutely a priority and there will be an offer there for Isaac.

"We've got to work via the trade period for the time being, with what we had with Tom Mitchell [switch to Hawthorn for draft pick 14].

"The unknown salary cap has at all times been a little bit of a bug bear of clubs, but I've told his [Heeney’s] administration, as we now have all 12 months, that he is our absolute priority going forward into next year and we might love to think we could do something fairly quickly."

The previous All Saints College high school student was drafted in 2014 as an academy selection and was one of the Swans' greatest gamers all through this year’s finals series.

Sydney lost the October 1 decider by 22 points to the Western Bulldogs, who broke a 62-yr premiership drought.

Back on the AFL draft and each Hunter players – Nelson Bay’s Lisa Steane and Maitland’s Jess Cassidy – on the checklist for the inaugural national women’s competition subsequent yr missed selection on Wednesday.

It was higher news for Gosford Tiger’s Rachael Elcoate, Angela Jones, Pheonix Drewell and Kristy Mackay, as well as Nelson Bay’s Emma Chester, who helped NSW clinch the inaugural Australian women’s masters competitors on the Gold Coast recently.

Meanwhile, in the Black Diamond AFL two clubs have introduced coaches for subsequent season.

Cardiff welcome former Geelong-based mostly Nathan Harkness Geelong Harkness to the Hawks, taking up after four years service from Adam Dugan which was premiership-successful coach’s second stint at the club.

Warners Bay have reappointed Marty Reiman for another 12 months after narrowly missing the finals in his debut season.

And in first division Tom Croft replaces Michael Sleeth as Lake Macquarie coach.