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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Eagles' Gaff hones in on AFL future


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Andrew Gaff is yet to decide where he will continue his AFL career from next season, but he has narrowed it down to West Coast or North Melbourne.

Gaff's manager, Robbie D'Orazio of Connors Sports, confirmed to reporters on Tuesday the race to sign him had come down to those two clubs.

It is believed St Kilda, Essendon and Melbourne had previously shown interest in recruiting the star winger.

The 26-year-old, who missed the Eagles' premiership triumph after copping an eight-game ban for punching Fremantle's Angus Brayshaw, is out of contract and has been mulling a return to home state Victoria.

Gaff was inconsolable after his teammates defeated Collingwood in the grand final but will need to make a decision soon with the free agency period starting on Friday.

"I haven't even spoken to Gaffy since the grand final," D'Orazio said at TAB's Spring Racing Carnival launch in Melbourne.

"Paul (Connors) and I will both sit with him when the time is right and he'll tell us (his decision). He's his own person.

"(But) I feel sorry for him.

"He's finding it difficult... his team has just won a premiership and he couldn't be part of it.

"He's working through that with his family and partner. We still don't know."

Gaff's decision will be the next major free agency domino to fall after Gold Coast's Tom Lynch revealed on Tuesday he will play for Richmond from next season.

The Kangaroos are set to be major players at this year's free agency and trade periods, having already agreed to trade for Port Adelaide speedster Jared Polec.

The official trade period doesn't start until Monday, but speculation about player movement is already at fever pitch.

Victorian powerhouse in for Gaff

Another of D'Orazio's clients, GWS star Dylan Shiel, is reported to have had huge contracts put before him by St Kilda, Carlton, Essendon and Hawthorn.

"He's got a big decision to make," D'Orazio said.

"He's obviously a gun player with a lot of opportunities in front of him that he has to weigh up.

"He's from Melbourne, he's done seven years with GWS but he's contracted so they're (ultimately) in charge of this decision.

"If Dylan can get home we'd try to facilitate that for him but there's a lot of water to pass under the bridge before then."

D'Orazio confirmed Sam Lloyd's time with Richmond is over, the versatile forward all but certain to be traded to the Western Bulldogs.

But the player manager dismissed suggestions Billy Longer and Luke Dunstan are on the way out at St Kilda.

Andrew Gaff is yet to decide where he will continue his AFL career from next season, but he has narrowed it down to West Coast or North Melbourne.

Gaff's manager, Robbie D'Orazio of Connors Sports, confirmed to reporters on Tuesday the race to sign him had come down to those two clubs.

It is believed St Kilda, Essendon and Melbourne had previously shown interest in recruiting the star winger.

The 26-year-old, who missed the Eagles' premiership triumph after copping an eight-game ban for punching Fremantle's Angus Brayshaw, is out of contract and has been mulling a return to home state Victoria.

Gaff was inconsolable after his teammates defeated Collingwood in the grand final but will need to make a decision soon with the free agency period starting on Friday.

"I haven't even spoken to Gaffy since the grand final," D'Orazio said at TAB's Spring Racing Carnival launch in Melbourne.

"Paul (Connors) and I will both sit with him when the time is right and he'll tell us (his decision). He's his own person.

"(But) I feel sorry for him.

"He's finding it difficult... his team has just won a premiership and he couldn't be part of it.

"He's working through that with his family and partner. We still don't know."

Gaff's decision will be the next major free agency domino to fall after Gold Coast's Tom Lynch revealed on Tuesday he will play for Richmond from next season.

The Kangaroos are set to be major players at this year's free agency and trade periods, having already agreed to trade for Port Adelaide speedster Jared Polec.

The official trade period doesn't start until Monday, but speculation about player movement is already at fever pitch.

Victorian powerhouse in for Gaff

Another of D'Orazio's clients, GWS star Dylan Shiel, is reported to have had huge contracts put before him by St Kilda, Carlton, Essendon and Hawthorn.

"He's got a big decision to make," D'Orazio said.

"He's obviously a gun player with a lot of opportunities in front of him that he has to weigh up.

"He's from Melbourne, he's done seven years with GWS but he's contracted so they're (ultimately) in charge of this decision.

"If Dylan can get home we'd try to facilitate that for him but there's a lot of water to pass under the bridge before then."

D'Orazio confirmed Sam Lloyd's time with Richmond is over, the versatile forward all but certain to be traded to the Western Bulldogs.

But the player manager dismissed suggestions Billy Longer and Luke Dunstan are on the way out at St Kilda.

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