Horne-Francis deal still in play as teams continue talks, clocks tick on Dunkley move to Lions


Brisbane Lions skipper Dayne Zorko instructed SEN Queensland this morning that he’s assured the Lions will discover a approach to safe Western Bulldogs star Josh Dunkley and commerce for sufficient picks to cowl their incoming younger funs together with father-son picks Will Ashcroft, son of Marcus Ashcroft and Jaspa Fletcher, son of Adrian Fletcher.

“I’m assured we are going to get everybody over the road that we want – whether or not that occurs this week or not,” Zorko instructed SEN Queensland.

“Will has dedicated to us and Jaspa goes to be a gun as nicely so we would like them each.

Dayne Zorko.

Dayne Zorko.Credit score:AFL Photographs

“The Bulldogs need two first-round picks for Josh Dunkley and he’s a implausible participant who received their finest and fairest award, so I perceive the worth tag. What they’re saying is they’re prepared to let him stroll to the preseason draft which permits any membership to swoop on.

“Ideally, we might like to get a deal achieved earlier than 5pm right now. Our recruiters may have all of the eventualities performed out and plans in place.

“It at all times will get messy like this however I feel each events might be completely happy and get the deal achieved.”

The Age’s Peter Ryan and Michael Gleeson reported on Thursday that the Bulldogs can be taking part in hardball over the deal and wouldn’t signal it off except they had been pleased with the phrases.

The Western Bulldogs are ready to ship their finest and fairest winner Josh Dunkley into the pre-season draft if the Brisbane Lions don’t provide an acceptable deal for the 25-year-old midfielder.

The membership’s listing administration committee has agreed to the shock transfer that would depart them empty-handed after the Lions traded out choose 15 in a choose swap with the Giants on Wednesday, scuppering the possibilities of them touchdown Dunkley in alternate for choice 15 and a future first spherical choose.

The Lions did that deal after the Bulldogs refused to ship later picks to the Lions together with Dunkley in alternate for 2 first spherical draft picks.

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