Twomey's update on Taranto, Banfield, Rioli and more

Twomey’s update on Taranto, Banfield, Rioli and more

AFL Media’s Cal Twomey has provided an update on the future of a number of players at various clubs.

One of the biggest names that will be prominent in this year’s trade period is that of GWS midfielder Tim Taranto.

Twomey was asked on SEN Breakfast – Will Taranto be at the Giants next season?

“I think it’s highly unlikely, at this point,” he said.

“The way that things are moving, he’s had offers in front of him, a two-year deal, a four-year deal, longer and shorter-term options there for him.

“The way that Victorian clubs, particularly Collingwood and Richmond, are coming for him, I think it’s unlikely for him to be at the Giants next year.”

He then updated listeners on a number of other players.

Callum and Tyler Brown (Collingwood)

“That’s been a little bit of a holding pattern for those two guys.

“Tyler’s played some more footy this year and Cal’s been in and out as well.

“The most likelihood is that they remain at Collingwood but yet to receive new deals the both of them.”

Xavier Duursma (Port Adelaide)

“He’s contracted for another couple of years.

“I know he’s been in and out of the side at Port Adelaide but I think he’s pretty happy there from all accounts and is a part of that future.

“He’s had some more midfield time this year, whether he goes back to half-back next year we wait and see.

“His sister has just joined the AFLW side and has moved in with Xavier over there. His brother of him is coming through the draft next year.

“I’d be very surprised if we see Xavier Duursma move in the off-season given he’s contracted and an early pick from a couple of years ago.”


Willie Rioli (West Coast)

“Weighing up a multi-year offer to stay at West Coast where he’s obviously a premiership player.

“You have been in no rush to make a call on his future. Clearly the Eagles want to keep him and have put that deal in front of him.

“Willie has had a tragic few weeks with the death of his father, but even before that had been waiting until deeper into the season on what he does.

“Rival cubs looking for forward line class are watching though.

“He’s got links to Victoria where he went to school and also in South Australia where he was drafted from.

“So there’s a few clubs watching that space but the Eagles have a deal in front of him.”

James Stewart (Essendon)

“He returned to the side on the weekend and booted three goals.

“He’s gone back to playing as a forward.

“He’s in negotiations on a two-year extension at the Bombers.

“They see him as a good player at both ends of the ground.”

Bailey BanfieldFremantle

“Fremantle free agent Bailey Banfield hasn’t been offered a new deal yet, but he’s keen to stay at the Dockers.

“He’s been a regular sub this season.”

Robbie Fox (Sydney)

“He’s been an interesting one. He has come into the Swans line-up over the past six weeks or so and they’ve been winning.

“They’ve been in really good shape since he’s been in.

“He struggled to break into the side in the first half of the season. He’s out of contract and fighting for a new deal and is yet to receive an offer.”