AFL trade news: Interstate club looking to pinch Pies defender

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 04: Brayden Maynard of the Magpies warms up during the round 11 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Collingwood Magpies at Domain Stadium on June 4, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Collingwood defender Brayden Maynard appears to be a focus of the Adelaide Crows’ off-season radar as there appears to be serious interest in picking up the Magpie over the coming 12 months, as per 9 News Adelaide.

While Maynard has another year to serve under his current deal, he has refused to sign any form of extension until Collingwood announce their new coach. The star defender has made it clear to the club that he prefers to stay put, despite speculation earlier in the year indicating that he would demand a trade at season’s end. 

BRAYDEN MAYNARD
Defender

Collingwood

2021 SEASON AVG

21
Disposals

5.5
Marks

4.8
Rebound50s

Complicating the matter was the announcement made earlier this year by Collingwood football boss Graham Wright that the club is still suffering from salary cap complications.

The revelation means that the logistics of Maynard remaining at Collingwood long-term may not entirely be as straight forward as the intent the Magpie star has proclaimed thus far, given that the business acumen currently in play has muddied the waters. 

Yet as report Josh Money explains, the Crows are looking to make a play for Maynard in the near future, whether that be in this year’s trade period or next year’s free-agency, as they look to lure him back to his home state. 

“The Crows could make a play for him next year, or try their hand for him in this year’s trade period,” he said.

“The Crows’ focus is still to attack the draft this year, but they continue to build a war chest to spend on players.”

Maynard has been a pillar in Collingwood’s defence for several years and carries invaluable finals experience that any team will surely benefit from, having reached a Grand Final, preliminary final and semi Final in three of the past four seasons.