Wednesday 17 January 2018

Walsh eager for sydney move

Tommy Walsh faces a stand-off with St Kilda after the club blocked his bid to move to Sydney Swans during the AFL trade week.

Walsh has made his desire to join the club that made former Kerry team-mate Tadhg Kennelly a Premiership winner known to St Kilda chiefs and is reported to have undergone medical tests with Swans doctors before negotiations began.

Although he has yet to play an AFL game after two years with St Kilda, Walsh is viewed as a player with a very bright future by the Seaford outfit.

"We understand Sydney's interest in Tom because he is a developing player and a fine young man, hence we are keen to retain his services," St Kilda's football head Chris Pelchen said.

Richmond and Melbourne have also made approaches to St Kilda, which makes it more difficult for Walsh to orchestrate his desired inter-state switch to Sydney through either of the remaining drafts, even though he is a free agent.

St Kilda want to offer him a new contract but he can opt to register for the national or pre-season draft. That could lead to another club recruiting him, however.

The Tralee man is believed to be attracted by the club's proven ability to develop and promote converted players such as his good friend Kennelly, as well as their ruckman, former Canadian rugby international Mike Pike.

Irish Independent

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