Wingard bid puts Hawks in dilemma
HAWTHORN are backing their renowned rehabilitation program to restore Greater Western Sydney gut-runner Tom Scully to peak form.
But the Hawks face a dilemma in convincing Ryan Burton to leave as part of the Chad Wingard trade, with the contracted young gun weighing up whether to refuse being used as bait.
Burton was told by Hawthorn on Thursday night that they were willing to trade him to get Wingard across the line.
Scully, 27, will join the Hawks on what is likely to be a four-year deal after meeting with coach Alastair Clarkson on Thursday.
The 2009 No.1 pick passed a medical examination on the same day, despite not playing since Round 2 when he suffered a season-ending broken ankle and syndesmosis ligament damage against Collingwood.
The Hawks could yet secure one of the AFL’s most powerful runners for as little as a third-round pick. Hawthorn currently hold picks 15, 35 and 53.
Fitness guru Andrew Russell has defected to Carlton, but the physios and doctors who helped solve Jaeger O’Meara’s knee issues remain at the club.
Scully was keen to return to Victoria and is one of four Giants leaving a club in the grip of a major salary cap squeeze.
Scully had three years to run on a deal at GWS, renegotiated after joining the expansion club as the game’s “$6million man”.
Teammates Dylan Shiel and Rory Lobb are leaving for Essendon and Fremantle, respectively, and would have been on big bucks if they stayed in western Sydney.
Young Giant Will Setterfield, who has played only two AFL games in two years because of a knee reconstruction, was yesterday traded with pick 71 to Carlton in exchange for the Blues’ pick 43 and a future second-round selection.
Setterfield was set to earn about $400,000 at the Giants next year – a deal given to him in an attempt to ward off interstate raiders.