THE Sydney Swans are confident they can land a trio of players from Victorian-based clubs.
But their hopes of picking up Darcy Moore have diminished, while they’ve ruled themselves out of snaring two big fish.
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The Melbourne midfielder has had continuous setbacks in the past couple of seasons, mainly a stress fracture in his heel.
It meant his AFL return was significantly delayed, missing out on playing an AFL game for almost two seasons.
But after returning strongly late in 2018, vandenBerg is being chased by the Sydney Swans.
“It’s not often as a Sydney club that you get a bit of the go home factor coming your way, it’s typically the other way,” Swans football boss Tom Harley told SEN.
“We have been open to exploring that and had a conversation with Aaron. We have been liaising with Melbourne around that so if we could facilitate something that would be great.
“There is a lot of water to pass under the bridge but that is one that we have shown an interest in for sure.”
The Swans have been looking closely at the Kangaroos’ young midfielder, who is now out of contract.
Sydney is eager to create a trade including Clarke in the upcoming AFL trade period and have been quick to talk with North Melbourne regarding him.
“That was really early on in the piece with North Melbourne, so hopefully we can get something done with North early on in the trade period,” Harley said.
Duryea has played several roles at Hawthorn, including up forward for majority of the season.
The two-time Hawthorn premiership player is now a free agent as his contract has run out — and Sydney has shown an interest.
“We were out of the finals earlier than we have been in the past and we used that opportunity to have a look and talk to a few players. He was one of them,” Harley said.
“Nothing has progressed at a great speed with that but he certainly has been a player of interest.”
One of Collingwood’s key-position players, Moore has had many looming questions about where he will be at the beginning of the 2019 AFL season.
Moore, who didn’t play in the Grand Final after many injury disruptions, has been linked in with the Sydney Swans.
However Harley indicated Moore would likely keep his place at Collingwood.
“There was interest certainly early and we spoke to his manager but it was hard to get a gauge on him throughout the year. There hasn’t been any progress,” Harley said.
“It looks like he is staying there so I can’t see that happening.”
May has played an important role at Gold Coast, being the co-Captain alongside Tom Lynch.
The 26-year-old defender for the Gold Coast Suns has been linked to many clubs in recent months, including Collingwood and Melbourne.
There was speculation he had also been linked to Sydney, but Harley shut that down.
“I can categorically rule that one out.” Harley said.
Earlier this week, Suns football manager, Craig Cameron said “no club has approached us with an offer” for May.
There has been much speculation over the young 25-year-old midfielder from the GWS Giants, with many clubs showing an interest in him.
The Bombers have been keen on the midfielder, along with Hawthorn, Carlton and St Kilda.
However Harley has declared this trade will not occur at the Swans.
“That won’t happen. We have had a couple of players declare their interest and we are happy to explore that in (Dan) Hannebery and (Gary) Rohan,” Harley said.
“Our focus throughout the year was to sign some of our priority players that were out of contract in Jake Lloyd, Aliir Aliir and Sam Naismith towards the end of the year.
“We are still absolutely planning on being active during the trade period but I would be surprised if it was one of those big fish.”
Hannebery is a three-time All-Australian player and has lead a strong midfield for the Sydney Swans.
But St Kilda is keen on the star midfielder and has already made it clear to the Swans that he wants to be traded.
“We have been in constant dialogue with St Kilda now and they have been pretty vocal in wanting to take their first pick to the draft,” Harley said.
“They don’t have many picks in the middle range but they do have future picks and players. So we are working our way through that at the minute. It is all pretty open and transparent.
“We will work with St Kilda to make sure it works best for us.”