Without a ball even being bounced in the 2017 season a Massive player Swap involving Nat Fyfe and Patrick Cripps is under discussion.
It has been reported that Patrick Cripps is keen to head home to Western Australia at the end of the 2017 season.
It was reported in February by Port Adelaide Champion Kane Cornes, that Cripps is likely to request a trade back to Western Australian at the conclusion of Carltons’ 2017 campaign.
The Carlton Football club see Cripps as a important part of their future and is signed to the club until the end of the 2019 season.
Carlton chief executive Steven Trigg quickly denied the reports.
“I know it is an easy thing to say but he is genuinely welded to Carlton, life in Melbourne, and is enjoying it.”
“I’m not sure where that came from. We are aiming to keep Patrick, don’t worry.”
A month on and it is now believed Nat Fyfe intends to depart Fremantle at seasons end if they don’t make progress in 2017.
Fremantle and the West Coast Eagles will find it difficult to satisfy Carlton’s needs if indeed Cripps request a trade.
Carlton played hard ball during last year’s trade period, refusing star onballer Bryce Gibbs’ request to be traded back to South Australia to be closer to his family.
Cripps is from Northampton, 500km north of Perth and is believed to wanted to be back closer to friends and family.
The last Brownlow Medalist the Carlton traded for was Chris Judd, could they be set to bring in another Brownlow Medalist in Nat Fyfe in return for Cripps.
Cripps, 22, has made 44 appearance for Carlton after being selected No.14 overall in the 2014 National Draft.