AFL Headlines From Grand Final Week

Trade talks are warming, plus injuries ahead of Grand Final.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Injuries will limit Sydney and Hawthorn in Saturday’s Grand Final with both clubs already having ruled out a couple of big names.

Tuesday saw Sydney cancel Ben McGlynn’s chance of a Grand Final appearance after failing a fitness Test. Sydney trained in front of 2,000 people yesterday, but McGlynn conducted his training away from prying eyes. His dodgy hamstring meant he failed a sprint exercise, ruling him out of the premiership game.

McGlynn joins Hawk Brent Guerra on the side lines after the defender announced this week he won’t be able to overcome a hamstring injury in time for the biggest game of the year.

Trade news is heating up and star Kangaroo ruckman Hamish McIntosh is apparently on Geelong’s radar. McIntosh failed to make much of an impact for the second straight year in 2012 after suffering a knee injury and has played just eight games over the past two seasons.

The Kangaroos have a dilemma with a second star ruck already on their roster in Todd Goldstein. Geelong are in desperate need of some tall timber in the middle after having to play the likes of Orren Stephenson and Trent West at the ruck position- not exactly a strength.

Adelaide lost forward Chris Knights on Tuesday after he quit the club and has been linked to the Richmond Tigers. Because Knights wasn’t among the top 25 percent Adelaide’s highest paid players he is free to join any club he likes.

Port Adelaide defender Troy Chaplin has also been rumoured to be heading to Richmond.

After coming equal second at Monday night’s Brownlow Medal count, Tigers star Trent Cotchin has declared his interest in the team’s vacant captaincy position.

Chris Newman stepped down as captain after the Tigers season finished without a finals appearance.

Cotchin was awarded the AFL Coaches Association’s Player of the Year Award on Tuesday night.