Giants eye first-round pick for Caldwell

Anna Harrington
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Greater Western Sydney want a first-round AFL draft pick from Essendon for wantaway youngster Jye Caldwell while discussions are ongoing with Geelong over a deal for Jeremy Cameron.

Caldwell recently requested a trade to the Bombers after 11 games in his first two seasons at the Giants.

GWS general manager of football Jason McCartney said the Giants weren't "fearful" Essendon would try to walk the Victorian youngster through to the pre-season draft and expected a draft pick of similar value to Caldwell's original selection - pick 11 in the 2018 draft - in a trade.

"We want it to be around the mark of what we paid for in the draft scenario," McCartney told ABC Sport on Saturday.

"He was a mid-first-round pick and we certainly don't see anything that's changed - he's actually got better."

McCartney said the Giants had "invested an enormous amount of time" into getting Caldwell's body right after early soft-tissue injuries.

"He played some good football this year but he's cherry ripe and ready to explode," McCartney said.

"(Essendon list manager) Adrian Dodoro there is tied up trying to facilitate a few deals at the moment but we know in our own mind, (with) where we selected Jye and the work that's gone in, we need to be compensated around that mark."

The Bombers, who already hold picks six and seven in this year's draft, are also working to secure contracted Western Bulldogs star Josh Dunkley, along with negotiating a trade to send Adam Saad to Carlton.

Meanwhile McCartney emphasised the Giants would "absolutely love" to keep Cameron if a deal wasn't able to be completed but the Cats had "some assets" that appealed to them.

"The reason we matched the free agency (offer from Geelong) was we were not going to be satisfied with the compensation that would be handed out for a player of that calibre," he said.

"Geelong have some assets in regards to players and also some nice selections (currently picks 13, 15 and 20) that we'd be interested in looking at the combination of what we can do in order to facilitate that move."

McCartney said GWS had tabled a "formal letter" to Geelong when they matched their free agency offer and he'd since had conversations with Cats list manager Stephen Wells.

Earlier this week the Giants recruited Jesse Hogan from Fremantle and McCartney said the forward had "sacrificed a lot financially" to join the club.