Collingwood’s Sharrod Wellingham appears to be the second Magpie set to leave the club in a matter of days. Chris Dawes told the club he’d like to play elsewhere in 2013 after the Magpies secured West Coast big man Quinten Lynch. Now, Wellingham has be quoted as saying he’d like to move from Victoria back to his home state of Western Australia to play for West Coast.
Wellingham's agent confirmed ethe 24-year-old Wellingham wishes to be closer to his family and is looking for a new start to his football career.
The former No.10 pick of the 2006 draft has played in 92 games, including a premiership, with Collingwood. His opportunity to move West will come during the AFL’s trade period which begins Monday.
Coming off his first All-Australian season, 30-year-old defender Luke McPharlin has secured a two year extension from Fremantle. McPharlin had a great season under new coach Ross Lyon, but far more controversially, Fremantle will also look re-up the immortal Adam McPhee. McPhee, once a great defender in his own right, put together a passable year at Freo by doing a lot of dirty work down back, but is oft the bane of Fremantle fans existence due to his propensoty to make boneheaded decisions.
Port Adelaide defender Troy Chaplin has decided to switch clubs and will play for Richmond next year. Port was unwilling to risk a long term deal on the eight year veteran.
Dual premiership small forward Shannon Byrnes has signed with Melbourne after playing just nine games for Geelong in the past two years. Byrnes will bring some much needed leadership to a lowly Demons outfit.
The Brisbane Lions looked a fringe top eight team late last year and the club is looking to improve their team va free agency. One target will be Queenslander Kurt Tippett who is leaving Adelaide. Hawk Clinton Young is also rumoured to be an option.
It isn’t exactly a player transaction, but some big news from the coaching side of things sees Leon Cameron announced as the successor to Kevin Sheedy as coach of Greater Western Sydney when Sheeds’ contract expires at the end of 2013.
Cameron is a 256 game veteran of Footscray and Richmond and has been an assistant since 2004, spending six years at the Bulldogs under Rodney Eade in the role and last year under Alastair Clarkson at Hawthorn.
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