AFL 2022 Business News: How Geelong Got Brodie Grundy, Jacob Hopper

Any deal involving Brodie Grundy would require Collingwood to pay a significant portion of his salary to a new club. Find out how much in a new episode of KFC SuperFooty TV.

Geelong could land a huge double whammy in this year’s trading session, and Collingwood could help the Cats pay for it.

The Cats and Melbourne have emerged as prime contenders for disgraced Pies-Ruckman Brodie Grundy, and Herald Sun reporter and trade expert Jay Clark says Geelong has the salary cap space to place Grundy and GWS bull Jacob Hopper in the next accommodate season.

But that would require Collingwood to pay a significant chunk of Grundy’s salary at his new club.

Grundy has five years on a seven-year, $950,000-per-year contract.


“With Adam Treloar, Collingwood was putting in about $250,000 to $300,000 a year of his salary,” Clark said on KFC SuperFooty TV.

“There’s talk in Clubland that they could pay up to $400,000[for Grundy].

“I think that’s a bit exaggerated, but it’s on everyone’s lips in recruiting circles at the moment.

“I think Treloar is potentially similar if it’s $250,000,[his new club]is paying about $700,000 a year – I think that’s about what Brodie Grundy is worth.

“The Cats have room for salary caps – imagine you could put Brodie Grundy on that team with Hawkins and Cameron and Blicavs and Stewart. I think Geelong can afford Grundy and Hopper together as a double whammy.”

But Clark said the Cats might need to beat Melbourne to secure Grundy if he’s put up for trade.

“He’s definitely on the nose at Collingwood for some reason.

“He’s also already met with GWS and Melbourne so he’s exploring his options

“So far we’ve been talking about Port Adelaide which is the hometown of SA and GWS who probably need a Ruckmann and are trying to swap Taranto and Hopper so there might be some movement there.

“Yesterday we reported that Melbourne is top of the table and Geelong are also very keen.

“Melbourne makes perfect sense to me. They lose Luke Jackson, what will they do next year to support 31-year-old Max Gawn?”

Host Lauren Wood said the Geelong lifestyle could appeal to Grundy, as could recent recruits like Jeremy Cameron and Isaac Smith.

Clark said it set the stage for a massive trading period for the Pies, and a very different one from 2020 when they parted ways with Treloar, Jaidyn Stephenson and Tom Phillips in a fire sale that shocked the foot world.

“This is Collingwood conditioning the footy audience to a possible departure of Brodie Grundy – and St Kilda I think are still very keen on Jordan De Goey… so there are very interesting moves afoot at Collingwood.”

Originally released as KFC SuperFooty TV, Lauren Wood and Jay Clark look back at the big troubles in the AFL ahead of Round 22 AFL 2022 Business News: How Geelong Got Brodie Grundy, Jacob Hopper

Nate Jones

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