Sydney Swans under fire over 'offensive' AFL trade offer for Brodie Grundy

The Swans were initially slapped down over a reported move for the Melbourne star.

Brodie Grundy reacting and Grundy gesturing to the crowd.
The Swans have been told their first offer for Melbourne ruckman Brodie Grundy was way too low. (Getty Images)

The Swans have landed Brodie Grundy in a trade with the Demons after they were initially knocked back over an 'offensive' offer for the Melbourne ruckman. Sydney have secured both Grundy and Taylor Adams, having finished eighth in the 2023 AFL season.

Grundy made a high-profile move from Collingwood to Melbourne so the Magpies could free up space in the salary cap. Unfortunately for the Demons, Grundy fell out of favour and was dropped before the end of the season.

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On Monday, Melbourne team list boss Tim Lamb said the deal with Sydney for Grundy should've been be "fairly straightforward". But on Tuesday, Lamb quickly knocked back an offer from the Swans.

Reporter Sam McClure spoke on the 'AFL Tradies' podcast and slammed the first reported offer as 'offensive'. “I mean, for goodness sake. What are we even doing? Why would you offer 46? That’s offensive,” he said.

“You can’t go after the bloke and sell him on how good the lifestyle in Sydney is going to be, and ‘Don’t go to Port Adelaide, and we want you as a first-choice ruckman’, and then go (to Melbourne), ‘Ah, we’re actually going to give you a s*** pick for him’.

“Like, come on; let’s all be adults here.” Lamb has remained coy on what it would take to bring the ruckman over to the Swans. This is after Melbourne gave up pick No.27 to secure him from Collingwood.

"He is contracted and we don't need him to go. If we can't get a deal done we're more than comfortable for him to stay," Lamb said on Monday. "We have said to Brodes that we're open to it as long as it's a fair and equitable transaction with Sydney."

Sydney are looking at Grundy to replace retired ruckman Tom Hickey at Sydney. "We need to address our ruck division," Swans team list boss Charlie Gardiner said. "It's something that we've identified as a priority for a young midfield group that we think (Grundy) will really add to and provide some experience and leadership."

Brodie Grundy fights for the ball.
Brodie Grundy (pictured right) is the centre of transfer speculation from Melbourne to the Swans. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images) (Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

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Another major target for the Swans was Adams. The Swans are looking to boost their midfield options in 2024 and the Collingwood midfield star is also looking for more game time. Adams made his transfer request official this week and secured the trade on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Collingwood midfielder missed out on the club's premiership due to injury, and Magpies list boss Graham Wright said they wouldn't be allowing Adams to leave without a fight. "Taylor's part of our leadership group and would've been in our grand final team," Wright said. "He's been vice-captain of the club, so from our perspective we see him as a required player. But we'll have conversations with Sydney and see where it goes."

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