AFL Trade Talk: Sydney Swans Target Hunter Product Isaac Heeney

AFL Trade Talk: Sydney Swans Target Hunter Product Isaac Heeney

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

Less than two weeks after gracing the game’s greatest stage at the MCG on grand closing day, and years after being talked about because the league’s high draft pick, the Sydney Swans are making the midfielder a priority signing.

The club have opened talks with the 20-12 months-old former Cardiff Hawks star, whose contract expires at the end of next season.

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

"He's completely a priority and there shall be an offer there for Isaac.

"We've started working by means of the trade interval for the time being, with what we had with Tom Mitchell [switch to Hawthorn for draft pick 14].

"The unknown wage cap has all the time been a little bit of a bug bear of clubs, but I've told his [Heeney’s] administration, as we've got all 12 months, that he is our absolute precedence going forward into next yr and we would love to think we may do something fairly quickly."

The former All Saints Faculty high school student was drafted in 2014 as an academy selection and was one of the Swans' best players all through this yr’s finals series.

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

Back on the AFL draft and each Hunter gamers – Nelson Bay’s Lisa Steane and Maitland’s Jess Cassidy – on the list for the inaugural national girls’s competitors next year missed choice on Wednesday.

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

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

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

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

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