Brisbane have become the second AFL club in as many days to slam the free agency compensation system after learning they will only receive pick 39 for ruckman Matthew Leuenberger.
Chief executive Greg Swann said the Lions might now choose to match Essendon’s offer to the 27-year-old Leuenberger, who has played 108 matches since being taken with pick four in the 2006 national draft.
“He was a first-round draft pick and, at his best, a strong contender for All-Australian selection, so we would expect better than what we have been offered as compensation,” said Swann.
“It’s a matter of fairness and consistency.
“Given what has happened in recent years in relation to compensation picks, we would have thought that we’d have received something in the second round rather than at the end of it.”
West Coast were also furious on Monday upon learning that they would only get pick 37 for their vice-captain Scott Selwood, a restricted free agent who was released to Geelong to play alongside older brother Joel.
Greater Western Sydney football operations boss Graeme Allan was talking tough about key duo Adam Treloar and Cam McCarthy on Tuesday, with the Giants shaping as the busiest club in the trade period.
The Giants are resigned to losing star midfielder Treloar, but Allan would not guarantee he would find his way to chosen club Collingwood.
GWS expect to receive two first-round picks for the 22-year-old, who has also attracted interest from Carlton and Richmond despite his stated aim of joining the Magpies.
“There’s a lot of clubs speaking to us about Adam,” said Allan.
“(Treloar’s manager Peter Blucher) also knows it’s not free agency.
“People can nominate where they want to go but that doesn’t mean they get there.”
Allan insisted GWS had no intention of allowing want-away key forward McCarthy to join Fremantle.
McCarthy signed a two-year contract extension with GWS midway through the season before having a change of heart and declaring he wanted to head home to Western Australia.
He has been strongly linked with the Dockers, who are in desperate need of a big forward and could be prepared to offer up their first-round picks in the 2015 and 2016 drafts to snare McCarthy.
“We love Cam, he loves Sydney and Cam will be staying with us,” Allan told Trade Radio on Tuesday.
“He’s really enjoyed it up in Sydney and he’s got a lot of great friends.
“He’ll be definitely playing with us next year.
“We love him – (coach Leon Cameron) is a big fan of his.”
Allan was also bullish about the Giants retaining another contracted key-position player, Adam Tomlinson, who was starved of senior opportunities in 2015 and has been linked with a move to Carlton.
The Giants are in the market for another experienced ruckman to support No.1 Shane Mumford and have shown some interest in Dawson Simpson, who has slipped down the pecking order at Geelong.
But Allan said GWS weren’t chasing West Coast big man Callum Sinclair.