The reported talks between GWS and Fremantle regarding a Rory Lobb trade has seen Giants skipper Stephen Coniglio’s name raised as a potential makeweight.
Coniglio’s future has been up in the air in recent months after struggling to recapture the form that saw him rewarded with a lucrative seven-year, $7 million deal.
With Lobb on a reported $700,000, there’s a belief that Fremantle has the requisite salary cap space to absorb Coniglio’s bumper deal.
Coniglio, a WA native, is reportedly in the state at the moment, making potential negotiations with the Dockers easier.
Stephen Silvagni, the Giants’ former list manager, says it is not out of the realms of possibility for Coniglio to potentially leave the club.
“I could see it happening if they found an even ground, there’d be a lot of water to go under the bridge, especially with his contract and he is so invested in that football club,” he told AFL Trade Radio.
“I would think that knowing where his footy’s been the last couple of years and him not playing football, through injury or form, there would’ve been a really open discussion between Stephen, his manager and the Giants about where he’s at.”
Lobb, who previously played 76 games for the Giants before moving to the Dockers in 2019, still has two seasons to run on his big-money contract with Fremantle.
It was revealed earlier today that Lobb had undertaken a medical examination, with the Giants hopeful of a reunion.
Whether a trade occurs remains to be seen, but the Giants do have picks two and 13 in this year’s draft.
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