Fremantle football manager Chris Bond can’t say whether Jack Anthony will play at the club next year, even though the 24-year-old has a year to run on his contract.Fremantle and Gold Coast closed a deal yesterday to send Greg Broughton to the Suns, and West Coast and Port Adelaide agreed to send Lewis Stevenson to the Power.
But Anthony’s future is uncertain, with Bond describing him as a contracted player who therefore was a required player, but stopping short of declaring he would stay with the club.
Bond was about to leave for Melbourne, where he hopes to secure a deal to send Dylan Roberton home to Victoria for family reasons.
West Coast are still circling Melbourne’s one-time top-five draft pick Cale Morton, who has fallen out of favour at the Demons as the trade deadline looms this morning.
Bond said talks with Anthony when he returned from holiday would determine his future.
Former Magpie Anthony has been out of form and favour at Fremantle for much of his two-year stint. Asked if he would be at the club next year, Bond said: “I have no idea. We will have to wait and see.“Jack is contracted for 2013. We will wait until Jack gets back from holidays but if that changes I am sure Jack will let us know and we will go from there.”
Fremantle traded Broughton and pick 60 in the national draft — a pick they were unlikely to use — for pick 37.“It was a really tough decision for the footy club but the opportunity arose to have a second-round draft pick inside of our second-round pick,” Bond said.
“We all walk away satisfied, Greg as well … it is going to be a really great opportunity for him on the Gold Coast and we get a great opportunity to have two second-round picks and a first-round pick.
“Pick 17, 37 and 40 really fits into our model and helps us with the sustained success we are going to strive for over a period of time.
“Greg played in a few positions this year. He was playing in our team. He has certainly got certain attributes to play in the team, but the bottom line is we have to make a decision in the best interests of the footy club.
“He played every game until his finger operation. There has been speculation that he fell out with the coach, and that is not right. Ross (Lyon) has got a lot of respect for Greg and Greg for Ross. He leaves on very good terms. He has got a lot of respect within the playing group.
“We all acknowledge that it is a great journey coming from a last pick in a rookie draft to play 68 games and do what he has done, but unfortunately in this game we all move on. But he goes with our blessing and our best wishes.”
Stevenson, who played 10 games in 2010 and was close to being selected several times this year, went to Port for pick 88, which the SA club had gained from Melbourne for David Rodan.
“Lewis has often been really close to selection in what is a very good West Coast line-up and was an emergency on several occasions in 2012, including in their semifinal,” Power football manager Peter Rohde said.
“While he couldn’t break into the AFL team, he has done everything right and has been very impressive with his WAFL side Claremont.”West Coast list manager Craig Vozzo said Stevenson would leave with the club’s best wishes.
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