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Cats ups ante in Cameron chase

GWS Giants forward Jeremy Cameron is a late withdrawal from Saturday’s clash with Sydney. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GREATER Western Sydney and Geelong are still at loggerheads over star forward Jeremy Cameron despite the Cats putting a significant trade offer on the table.

Geelong – who hold picks 13, 15 and 20 in the first round of next month’s national draft – have offered up two of those selections.

It is almost double the compensation GWS would have received from the AFL if they had not matched the Cats’ bid for restricted free agent Cameron.

The 27-year-old key forward’s manager Alex McDonald confirmed the offer on Monday.

“I know it’s a respectful offer that they’ve put forward and it’s good that both clubs now are talking and communicating,” McDonald told SEN.

“Both are good operators so fingers crossed everything gets done sooner rather than later.”

Cameron is a nine-time winner of the Giants’ leading goal kicker award and has booted 427 majors in 171 games for the club since his debut in 2012.

But McDonald said there is no chance his client will stay at GWS next season.

Instead, Cameron would be prepared to try his luck in the pre-season draft to get to Geelong if a trade deal could not be struck.

“We’re very confident it won’t get to that,” McDonald said.

“You’d hope that with the goodwill between (GWS list manager) Jason McCartney and (Geelong counterpart) Stephen Wells that they’d be able to broker a deal that satisfies all the parties.

“I don’t think any club would want to leave a trade period – after a player’s elected to move on – with nothing to show for it.

“I’m hoping on that basis that all clubs approach it the right way and get something done that’s fair for everyone.”

GWS are also in discussions over young players Jye Caldwell and Jackson Hately, who have indicated their desires to move to Essendon and Adelaide respectively.

The Bombers are the busiest club in this year’s trade period, with a host of deals yet to be confirmed before Thursday night’s deadline.

Essendon have some interest in Josh Dunkley (Western Bulldogs), Peter Wright (Gold Coast) and Tom McDonald (Melbourne) while Orazio Fantasia and Adam Saad are keen to leave the Bombers.

(C) AAP 2020