Giants little forward Bobby Hill has told the club he wants to be traded to a Victorian club to be closer to his cousin, St Kilda’s Brad Hill in Melbourne, as his partner is pregnant.
A source close to Hill confirmed the request had come with the Giants surprised as the Western Australian elevated 21-year-old has a year left on his contract and began demanding a permanent place on the team in his third season.
It also surprised several Victorian clubs who wanted to add a small forward to their list.
Clubs in the market for a small forward include Essendon and Collingwood with the bombers showing interest in the Suns ‘Malcolm Rosas and Woodville West Torrens’ Tyson Stengle in recent weeks.
The Magpies considered Stengle as a potential free agent, but Geelong appears at the box office to claim him after his mentor Eddie Betts joined Cats as a developmental coach.
Both clubs will look to Hill, but the Giants will have to agree to swap the player who was selected 24 in the 2018 national draft, which could open cap space to allow them to secure Fremantle ruckman Rory Lobb, who is eager to return to his former club. The Giants did not consider losing a player to gain Lobb when this prospect was first entertained.
Other small strikers without a contract and open to a move include Hawthorns Ollie Hanrahan, Sydney’s Ben Ronke and St Kilda’s Jack Lonie if a club became interested.
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