AFL trades: Brodie Grundy move to Sydney Swans has distasteful detail

Caroline Wilson has doubled down on her attack on Brodie Grundy over the ruckman’s “distasteful” decision to snub Port Adelaide.

The unwanted Melbourne star is reported to have told the Demons he wants to be traded to the Swans, ending a disastrous cameo with the club.

Grundy’s move from Collingwood to the Demons has blown up their faces with Grundy dumped from the senior team, despite his $1m per-year salary. Part of the salary continues to be paid by the Magpies.

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Wilson has criticised Grundy for making the Swans his preferred trade destination, reportedly as a result of the club’s impressive presentation.

It was reported last week Grundy settled on the Swans after the club convinced him of the lifestyle and post-career opportunities the city can offer — while Port Adelaide tried to convince Grundy that his best path was to be the club’s ruckman in a star-studded midfield group.

Wilson said over the weekend the Power may have “dodged a bullet” by missing out on Grundy. She said Grundy may not be the sort of player you want at your club if he puts his lifestyle above his football future in his list of priorities when considering a move.

Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd has slammed Wilson over the comments saying it was “shortsighted” for Wilson to suggest Grundy was not looking at the “big picture”.

Wilson responded on Channel 9’s Footy Classified on Monday night, saying: “I thought the whole thing was a bit distasteful. You go to a footy club. You don’t go to a town.

“Brodie Grundy made a bad call this year because he chose a town. He chose Melbourne because he wanted to stay in Melbourne. He chose a club that was clearly the wrong club.

“Port Adelaide was a better choice last year, but he chose Melbourne because of study and lifestyle situations that he had here in Melbourne. It was wrong. In the end, you’re being paid close to $1 million to play footy.”

It comes after new details have emerged suggesting the Magpies may move to tear up the deal it has in paying some of Grundy’s wages — if he moves to the Swans.

The Demons will simply be wanting to put the entire chapter behind them with the Grundy-Max Gawn partnership proving to be an unmitigated disaster for the club.

Wilson said the football club has repeatedly denied there is any bad blood with Grundy, despite the All-Australian star being dumped to the VFL.

The Demons also made the extraordinary move to select tall forward Josh Schache as their tactical sub for the semi-final loss to Carlton, despite playing just two games during the season.

Demons coach Simon Goodwin said he had no issues with Grundy meeting with Port Adelaide officials earlier this month.

Port Adelaide, meanwhile, has reportedly turned its attention to signing Geelong tall Esava Ratugolea and are locked in a battle with Hawthorn.

Originally published as ‘Distasteful’: New details emerge in Grundy trade fiasco