Chris Dawes
Chris Dawes

Premiership Collingwood forward Chris Dawes has told the Magpies he wants to be traded to Melbourne.

The 24-year-old struggled badly for form this year as he failed to adapt to the forward-ruck role that the retired Leigh Brown filled so well in 2010 and 2011.

Dawes' inability to adequately fill Brown's shoes was largely seen as the catalyst for Collingwood's decision to acquire free agent Quinten Lynch from West Coast.

That move was believed to have perturbed Dawes considerably and played a role in his desire to leave the Magpies despite having two years still to run on his contract.

But because of Dawes' contractual situation, Collingwood football manager Geoff Walsh said Dawes could very well stay put.

"He has a contract so he doesn't have to go anywhere, and at the end of the day we're not going to kick him out the door," Walsh said.

"I think (national recruiting manager) Derek Hine is pretty keen to get a couple of picks in the first round."

However, Walsh doesn't appear to be on the same page as Melbourne who are reportedly prepared to only part ways with pick No.20 which they received in a trade deal struck with Greater Western Sydney earlier this week.

Dawes' manager Ben Niall believes that pick would be a fair swap for Dawes.

"I would've thought a late first-rounder would be about right," he said.

"I'm pretty confident (of Dawes getting to Melbourne), we've done a fair bit of work.

"I've been talking to Collingwood throughout the process and I'm pretty confident they'll get a deal done pretty quickly.

"They've been good to us and I think there's a pretty good understanding of what it'll take to get it done."

If Dawes exits the Westpac Centre, he will become the second premiership player to do so in this exchange period after Sharrod Wellingham joined West Coast this week.

The Magpies received pick No.17 in this year's national draft for Wellingham.

Dawes has played 71 games, including the 2010 flag, and booted 83 goals for Collingwood since debuting in 2008.

The Brighton Grammar product played the best footy of his short career in the Magpies' recent grand final years when he linked up with Travis Cloke to be one of the most ominous key forward duos in the competition.


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