Grigg walks out on Blues
Michael GleesonOctober 1, 2010
While James McDonald has emerged as a potential Carlton recruit, Shaun Grigg wants out of the Blues. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
A THIRD Carlton player has walked on the club this off-season with midfielder Shaun Grigg yesterday telling the club he wanted to be traded to Richmond on a day it emerged the Blues were entertaining the idea of recruiting Melbourne captain James McDonald for a year.
Carlton chief executive Greg Swann yesterday denied the club was interested in the 34-year-old ex-Demons captain in a playing role next year. But discussions have been had about him playing for a season before moving into an assistant coaching role with the club.
McDonald, who has been on holidays, will meet his manager Tom Petroro today to discuss whether he has an interest in playing for another club or will simply look at assistant coaching opportunities.
Petroro said he had spoken with Carlton about a coaching position before discussion moved to playing on again next season.
Later, Swann said on SEN radio that ''at 34 [he] doesn't fit where we're at''.
Petroro told SEN: ''Look it's very, very preliminary. James is on holidays. We hadn't actually considered playing again, but now we're going to have a bit of a think.
''I think James has got plenty to offer. He's finished ninth in [Melbourne's] best and fairest this year from only 15 games. His form was pretty good. He's finished the year with 26 and 27 possessions in his last two games.
''It's not something that we were chasing. We were probably weighing up the next phase of James's life and whether that was going down the coaching front. James has [also] got a keen interest in the agriculture industry as well.''
The confusion of the McDonald situation occurred as it emerged that Grigg had gone to Carlton seeking a trade to Richmond.
With Carlton coach Brett Ratten already declaring the club would chase a key defender, Tiger backman Will Thursfield shapes as a possibility to be tied into a deal to get Grigg to Richmond. Thursfield has already told Tigers officials he wants a move.
Grigg's decision to ask for a trade follows that of out-of-contract ruckman Sam Jacobs, who has asked the club to deal with Adelaide on a trade so he can return home to South Australia. Contracted utility Andrew Walker has also asked to move.
Western Bulldogs and Adelaide are both keenly interested in Walker. The Dogs are also interested in the Brisbane Lions' Justin Sherman, who still has two years to run on a lucrative contract.
The 22-year-old Grigg has played just 43 games for the Blues. He played eight of the last nine matches this year before straining a hamstring, which ruled him out of the Blues' final. Grigg has cited greater playing opportunities for his desire to move.
Out-of-contract Collingwood ruckman Josh Fraser is likely to move and his relationship with former Collingwood assistant Guy McKenna, now in charge of the Gold Coast, might create an opportunity for him there.
Chris Tarrant remains of interest to Collingwood, although much will depend on Simon Prestigiacomo. Should Prestigiacomo retire, the Magpies would have more scope to bring Tarrant back to the club despite the impressive finals form of Nathan Brown.
Ben Reid and Brown have shown greater maturity this season but Tarrant could provide the Pies with even more flexibility. Hawthorn and Carlton are also interested in Tarrant.
Carlton veteran Simon Wiggins has decided to retire after 116 games - but none in 2010.
Wiggins, 28, was pick 15 in the 2000 national draft.