Rumours swirl over secret detail in AFL player's deleted photo

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Irving Mosquito, pictured here with Kevin Sheedy and Mark Harvey.
Essendon's trade plans could be seen in the background of Irving Mosquito's photo with Kevin Sheedy. Image: Supplied

Some of Essendon’s trade plans have inadvertently been leaked after Irving Mosquito posted a photo with club greats Kevin Sheedy and Mark Harvey on Tuesday.

Mosquito posted the photo on social media before quickly deleting it, but not before eagle-eyed fans spotted the Bombers’ trade targets on a whiteboard in the background.

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Fans spotted the name of Geelong midfielder Sam Menegola on the whiteboard alongside ‘13 + 20’ - the Cats’ current draft picks.

Many speculated that it meant Essendon might be trying to help Geelong land Jeremy Cameron in a three-team trade.

Menegola is out of contract at the end of next season, but is said to be “very gettable” by rival clubs.

The 28-year-old’s manager later told the Herald Sun his client would honour his current deal with the Cats.

Sam Menegola, pictured here in action for Geelong during the AFL grand final.
Sam Menegola in action for Geelong during the AFL grand final. (Photo by Albert Perez/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

The name of former North Melbourne star Majak Daw could also be seen on the whiteboard, as could Bombers forward Orazio Fantasia.

Alongside Fantasia’s name was ‘F2’ - presumably referring to future second-round pick.

Essendon are in talks with Port Adelaide about a trade for Fantasia, with Port reportedly unwilling to give up a first-round pick.

Port Adelaide determined to get Fantasia

Fantasia is determined to return to South Australia for the second year in a row but a deal between the Power and the Bombers is still a fair way off with just two days remaining in the AFL trade period.

Port football boss Chris Davies says the club won't be “walking away” from trading for the 25-year-old if it becomes difficult with Essendon.

“He's told us he wants to come to Port Adelaide. We've got a responsibility to try and get things done, because that's the type of club we've been,” Davies told Trade Radio.

“If a player has said he wants to come then we do our best to work to get him to us, but at the same time there's a limit and we're not at that limit right now.

“Where things go from here will largely be in (Essendon list boss) Adrian Dodoro's court.”

Despite Fantasia struggling with hamstring and quad injuries during the past three seasons, Port believe he will be able to get his body right again.

“Our medical guys over the last 10 years have had the least number of soft-tissue injuries in the competition,” Davies said.

“If Orazio was to come to the club then hopefully we'd be able to get him fit.”

Port are also looking to recruit versatile Sydney tall Aliir Aliir as the Power aim to build on a preliminary-final appearance this year.

Aliir toured the Power's Alberton facilities on Monday, but is yet to officially request a trade away from the Swans.

“If he does want to come then we'll work with Sydney in order to get something done, assuming they are willing for him to leave,” Davies said.

with AAP

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