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‘Church-like confession’: Friction over Lobb's GWS trade bid

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8th October, 2021
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Player manager Colin Young is still holding out hope of sending Rory Lobb back to GWS despite tensions running hot following the ‘church-like confession’ from Fremantle’s footy boss Peter Bell.

Lobb still has two more years to run on his five-year Fremantle contract, which is worth about $700,000 per season.

Publicly, the Dockers are stating that Lobb is a required player, but it’s believed Fremantle would be keen to offload the 207-centimetre big man due to his hefty salary.

But they will only offload him if they get a decent return.

Bell threw a curve ball on Thursday when he went on Perth radio to say that Young had told him that the offer that came through from GWS was unlikely to get the job done.

Young wasn’t happy about Bell airing the state of play in the potential trade, and he went on AFL Trade Radio on Friday morning to clarify the situation and take a pot shot at the former Dockers skipper.


“Certainly surprised about the last few days about the honesty of Peter. It sounds like he was at church giving confession,” Young said.  

“Normally Peter does a great job and he usually uses the code of silence during trade week.

“So I was a bit surprised about the content of information that he’s been talking about (on the) radio.

“This wasn’t going to get done overnight.

“But at no stage did I say the trade was over. All I said was we have a bit of work to do and we’ll work through it.”

Lobb played 74 games across five seasons for the Giants before heading home to WA.

Rory Lobb

(Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Fremantle are believed to be willing to part with pick number 22 for Geelong defender Jordan Clark, but the Cats want the Dockers’ pick number 19. 


Clark still has one more year to run on his contract, meaning Geelong have the option to play hard ball.

Richmond big man Callum Coleman-Jones is officially a Kangaroo after signing a four-year deal.

The Kangaroos handed over a future second-round pick, veteran defender Robbie Tarrant, and pick number 40 this year in exchange for Coleman-Jones, a future fourth-round pick, and picks number 42 and 47.

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The Tigers could have picked up Tarrant for nothing via free agency, but they wanted to include him in a trade deal so that it doesn’t dilute the compensation pick they’ll receive for losing Mabior Chol to Gold Coast.

Tarrant has received a two-year deal with the Tigers.

Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs are still locked in talks over fringe Bulldogs midfielder Patrick Lipinski.

New Hawthorn coach Sam Mitchell is reportedly shopping around some of the club’s ageing stars in a bid to land a series of higher draft picks.