Griffin Logue Brisbane Lions, Collingwood, Connor Blakely Forgotten Man, Tim Taranto Contract

A Docker has new interest from a rival, while a teammate – “footy’s forgotten man – needs a new AFL home.

Plus the latest on Giants star Tim Taranto.

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LIONS WATCHING LOGUE

Another club has expressed interest in Griffin Logue, with the Brisbane Lions emerging as a candidate for the off-contract Docker, reports The Western Australian

Earlier this year it was reported that Logue was “strongly preferred” to move to a club in Melbourne next year, with multiple teams making “overtures” to the 24-year-old.

Collingwood has been heavily linked to Logue in recent weeks, whose deal expires at the end of the 2022 season.

Griffin Logue of the Dockers. Photo: Paul KaneSource: Getty Images

But The Western Australian on Friday reported that the Lions had joined the race for Logue, who started his Dockers stint as a defender before moving to the front line last month.

Requested on 9 News Perth in May, where he wanted to play his footy next season, Logue said: “I definitely want to stay here, definitely.

‘I’m a boy from Perth and I’ve always grown up here. Papa has also always been a big Freo fan.

“I’ll have that sorted out by the end of the year. For now it’s a pretty simple focus on playing the best football I can personally, but more as a team and seeing where we can really take it.”

DOCKER THE ‘FOOTY FORGOTTEN MAN’

Brownlow medalist Gerard Healy has labeled Connor Blakely “footy’s forgotten man”, encouraging the fringe Docker to find a new AFL home.

Blakely, who was initially drafted by Fremantle with Pick 34 in the 2014 national draft, made 60 appearances for the Dockers in his first five seasons with the club under Ross Lyon, averaging 24 disposals in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

But Blakely has struggled with senior opportunities under Justin Longmuir over the past three seasons, playing just 18 games, including seven as a starting medical sub in 2021 and zero in 2022.

Connor Blakely of the Dockers. Photo: Daniel CarsonSource: Getty Images

While the Dockers-Power Round 16 teams were read on his Sports day program on 3AW radio this week, Healy said, “What about the other guy who has been footy’s forgotten man? Gotta go to another club, Connor Blakely.”

Blakely was named as an emergency for Sunday’s game.

The 26-year-old signed a three-year contract extension in mid-2019 that tied him to the club until at least the end of 2022. But just over a year later, reports emerged that the Dockers were willing to part with the midfielder.

Blakely eventually stayed with the Dockers but was taken off the list at the end of 2021 and moved to Freo’s rookie list.

GIANT STILL undecided IF RIVAL SUPPORT RISES

Sought-after Giants midfielder Tim Taranto is no closer to deciding his next move, but insists he is “very happy” in Sydney.

The two-year contract extension that Taranto signed midway through his best and fairest season expires this year and he is an interesting player for Victorian clubs, with Geelong eager to bolster his brigade. St Kilda has also shown strong interest in the 24-year-old before.

Taranto, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft, will be eligible for free agency in two years, so that could be a factor.

Taranto said there was no timeline on which he made a decision, but talks would likely intensify over the next two weeks.

“We kind of interrupted the conversations when I hurt my back and, to be honest, for the past six weeks that’s all I’ve done and I’m still trying to get my competition fitness back,” he said.

Tim Taranto of the Giants. Photo: Michael WillsonSource: Getty Images

“So I haven’t really talked much about it, but we’re in a good place. I’m really happy (and) still love Sydney. Nothing has changed.”

Younger teammate and fellow first-round roster Tanner Bruhn is also considering his future, with interim coach Mark McVeigh saying the Giants want to keep both him and Taranto if possible.

“Tim has been embedded here for a long time… he’s one of those people that you just have to have in your football club and we have to find a way,” McVeigh said.

“Whether that’s feasible or not, I can’t answer that. But what I do know is that those players (Taranto and Bruhn) are emotionally engaged and that’s what we’re looking for.”

— with Mark McGowan, NCA Newswire

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