GC one of the clubs interested in 1. Possible trade could be 1 + next years first for 2+3 plus some other swaps. We'd then look at on trading 2+3 to the Adelaide clubs. Will depend on what the other clubs want to offer obviously, GC very interested in Walsh and aren't interested in mass picks from Adelaide due to their current draft hand.
On Jack Martin to Carlton: "It would take massive overs. We wouldn't accept Essendon's pick 9 and any of the players they offered. He hasn't given us any signs that he wants out. It was Essendon thinking they could raid us. **** Essendon."
On Gold Coast wanting Sam Walsh: "Best player in the draft by a country mile. That's saying something given how good the top end is this year. A sure thing. A genuine gun midfielder out of the gate. Carlton know this. It would take overs your way to make it happen. Worth it though. Unless Carlton have trades for ready made guns entering their prime in mind I don't see why you trade Walsh."
On rumored trade: "Very early days. Question is what is Carlton's end game more than what is ours. Who have they lined up with those selections? Wingard and 10/11? The Crouch brothers and 13/16? I suspect that if you trade pick 1 and your next year's first that you'll have 2 or 3 ready made A-graders and first round draft picks ending up on your list."
A rumour from a poster via PM who has had some good mail recently. Will remain anonymous for now:
Carlton looking at trading pick 1 for pick 2 and something else TBC. Possible options discussed are a second rounder, Jack Martin, or a 2019 second round pick.
The idea is to increase our return on pick 1 by getting it to the Crows while we still get Walsh and more back. GC end up with several picks inside 20.
A lot of interest in pick 1. We are happy to just sit back and wait for now. Our preference is to be able to draft Walsh, if we can be certain of doing that and getting something extra we will (e.g trading to Adelaide clubs with us getting pick 2 back or pick 3 back if they get 1&2). The other option is to be certain of being able to draft Walsh OR Smith. For that to happen we will need significant overs.
We are in zero rush and the offers are getting better by the day.
I don't know if this has been brought up before or not: we have been having discussions with Barlow (GC). As a delisted free agent, he won't cost us anything. We do have one club for competition, as well.
Personally, I find this improbable, but that is not a point against it at this time of year.
The thinking is less about trading Pick 1 and more about using our future 1st to get Pick 2, and in turn seeing what opportunities arise to trade down. It would take something outrageous for us to part with Pick 1.
Walsh is a superstar, and every club would take him at #1. There is no trading down from 1 and still getting him.