It seems speculation linking AFL club Gold Coast with Fremantle superstar Nat Fyfe isn’t completely off the mark.
News Corp Australia reported the Suns have offered two first-round picks and potentially a player to the Dockers in an effort to broker a deal for Fyfe.
Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade suggested talk of a potential trade involving the reigning Brownlow medallist was fanciful.
“We haven’t thought about and discussed that,” Eade said after a dismal 71-point loss to Collingwood.
“We’d be interested in any quality player. I’m 100 per cent certain that we have not spoken to Fremantle.”
But Eade later conceded “list managers talk to player managers all around, all over”.
“Those conversations would be going on. I’d imagine something has been flown,” he said.
“But as a club we haven’t discussed it.
“I’d imagine if we’re going to make a full-blown investigation or an appeal on one player, then yes we would know.”
Eade then added “you can fantasise and dream”, cheekily likening Fyfe to Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett.
The Suns successfully convinced Ablett to leave Geelong at age 26, offering a million-dollar carrot and the chance to help launch the expansion club.
“You’d love to get Gary Ablett at 25 years of age, when he was playing well at Geelong,” Eade said.
“Everyone would have fantasised bout that.”
Meanwhile, Eade was upbeat in-demand youngster Jaeger O’Meara would decide to stay with the Suns.
“We’re still hopeful, confident .. we haven’t had an answer,” Eade said.
“Some indications are actually positive internally, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Eade admitted he was looking forward to the end of the season, pointing to the club’s tired youngsters and a glut of injuries.
“About three weeks ago I was, yeah,” Eade said.
“That’s a fact of life with the numbers we’ve got.
“I was talking to a coach the other week when we played against them and he said ‘oh jeez, we’d down to 31 or 32 players’. I said well get down to 23 or 24 and see how it feels.
“I’ve been really pleased with the mental character of the guys hanging in … we should be resting about six or seven of them but we can’t.”