Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade is refusing to speculate on the futures of Jaeger O’Meara and Dion Prestia with the midfield pair apparently destined to leave the AFL club.
Prestia has reportedly already told the Suns he is off at the end of the season with Richmond his preferred destination.
O’Meara, the 2013 rising star who hasn’t played an AFL game in two years due to a serious knee injury, is also said to be seeking a move to Melbourne despite the Suns insisting they are confident of retaining the 22-year-old.
Last week Eade conceded it was likely Prestia would leave but on Thursday simply refused to discuss either player.
“That’ll be kept in house, where it’s at,” Eade said when asked if he was keen on a resolution.
“We’ll let people know in time.”
Prestia’s move appears driven by a desire to return to Melbourne, where the 23-year-old grew up.
O’Meara’s departure, given his talent and the time invested in him by the Suns while recovering from injury, would be a bitter blow however.
Eade wouldn’t reveal what the club would demand in terms of compensation if a club did lure either player away.
“There’s no comment on that,” he said.
On the field, Eade says he wants his players to end an underwhelming season on a high after disappointing back-to-back away defeats to Essendon and Collingwood.
The Suns face Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium on Saturday and Eade says his players are in danger of undoing some encouraging work they have achieved in the back half of the year.
“What we’d like to see is what we saw the previous eight weeks,” Eade said.
“For whatever reason it’s been missing the last two.”
The Suns’ injury curse has also struck ahead of their final match of the year, with Jarrod Garlett (shoulder) joining Sea Lemmens (concussion) and Jarrod Harbrow (broken thumb) on the sidelines.
In their place come Mitch Hallahan, Jesse Joyce and Darcy McPherson.