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IN PLAY: Ryan Har­wood, Jono Free­man, Jar­rad Jansen, Josh Clay­ton, Blake Gre­war (delisted). Tom Rock­liff is a re­stricted free agent who has de­clared Port Ade­laide as his pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion. The Lions will not match Power’s of­fer. Ste­fan Martin and Josh Schache are con­stantly linked to moves to Vic­to­ria, but the Lions have heard noth­ing of­fi­cial from ei­ther. Luke Hodge is join­ing on a two-year deal. He should be mas­sive for a young squad ea­ger to im­prove. Crow Char­lie Cameron wants to come, but Ade­laide will play hard­ball. With Ma­son Cox re­ject­ing over­tures, the Lions have turned their at­ten­tion to Port Ade­laide ruck­man Matthew Lobbe. DRAFT PICKS: 1, 12, 18, 41, 73, 91, 109. GONE: Den­nis Arm­field (re­tired), Daniel Gor­ringe (re­tired), Matthew Korcheck (re­tired), Kris­tian Jaksch (delisted), Liam Sum­ner (delisted), GONE: Jesse White (re­tired). IN PLAY: Lach­lan Ke­effe and Ben Sin­clair are free agents with­out con­tracts for next year. Jack­son Ram­say, Jar­ryd Blair and Henry Schade are oth­ers also un­con­tracted. THE TAR­GETS: The Mag­pies have key-po­si­tion play­ers at both ends on their shop­ping list. They were in the mar­ket for Ade­laide’s Jake Lever, but he has nom­i­nated Mel­bourne as his pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion. Jake Stringer also looks set to play else­where, leav­ing lim­ited op­tions for Collingwood. DRAFT PICKS: 6, 36, 54, 59, 78, 96, 114, 132 GONE: Jobe Wat­son, James Kelly, Yestin Eades, Brent Stan­ton (re­tired); Heath Hock­ing (delisted). IN PLAY: Aaron Fran­cis has re­quested a trade home to a South Aus­tralian club af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing sec­ond sea­son at Tul­la­ma­rine. The 2015 No.6 draft pick was se­cured as part of the Jake Carlisle deal but has played only five games. The pow­er­ful de­fender is con­tracted for two more sea­sons but his exit could help the Bombers work other deals. THE TAR­GETS: Des­ti­na­tion club. That’s what we’re call­ing Essendon now as it homes in on Jake Stringer (Bull­dogs), Devon Smith (GWS Gi­ants) and Adam Saad (Gold Coast). It’s a clear sig­nal of in­tent from Essendon as it looks to chal­lenge the top four next sea­son. They all have ex­cit­ing of­fen­sive ca­pa­bil­i­ties, but list guru Adrian Dodoro faces a huge chal­lenge fi­nal­is­ing deals for all three. The Dons have picks 11, 28, 46 and 65. That’s where an­other top-20 pick for Fran­cis will help. DRAFT PICKS: 11, 28, 46, 65, 83, 101, 119.



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