Big, glove wearing Collingwood goal-kicker Travis Cloke could be switching clubs and coasts in a rumoured big dollar deal that would see him come from Collingwood to Fremantle.
Cloke is able to leave the Pies under the AFL’s new free agency policy and it would be a hard task for the club to retain him considering the amount of money that is already invested into the playing group.
Fremantle are apparently likely to offer Cloke a contract in the vicinity of $1 million a season, far more than he is currently earning. There are also rumours that Greater Western Sydney will also make a similar offer but Fremantle’s position to contend for a premiership make them the more likely target.
Fremantle have been devoid of a power forward for years and although All-Australian Matthew Pavlich is a solid target inside 50, he is often needed in the midfield and hasn’t been as potent in front of goal over the past two seasons.
Kepler Bradley was great for the first half of 2011 but has lost his spot in the side in recent weeks and former Collingwood forward Jack Anthony has done absolutely nothing to justify reselection.
Fremantle are considered an emerging team with a young, talented roster and a great coach in Ross Lyon. They should make the top-8 and hopefully some finals noise this season and will be a top contender if they are able acquire Cloke next season.
The Cloke rumours coincided with some unfortunate injury news for the Dockers. Nat Fyfe, who dislocated his shoulder in Round 3, reinjured it at training yesterday will miss the next three months due to much needed surgery. Aaron Sandilands will also miss this week’s clash with the Gold Coast Suns, his second straight game after an injury plagued 2011 campaign.