Player Name: Todd Goldstein
Current Club: North Melbourne
Potential Club: Despite continual denials from North Melbourne that ruckman Todd Goldstein will not be traded, rumours have continued to persist that the big man will be at a new club in 2017.
Those rumours gained traction on the weekend with reports suggesting Goldstein wants out of the club for personal reasons, while WAtoday columnist and Radio 6PR commentator Brad Hardie said late last week that Goldstein has had a medical with West Coast and discussions are progressing between the two clubs.
The Original Price: Goldstein was taken at pick 37 in the 2006 National Draft.
The Good: Despite missing out on All-Australian honours this season, Goldstein is still considered to be the premier ruckman in the competition. He was ranked second for hit-outs in 2016 despite playing half the season injured, and at 28 years of age, he is in his prime as a ruckman. With Nic Naitinui likely to miss the entire 2017 season, Goldstein will provide far more than just temporary back-up next year, beyond that he and Nic Nat will form the most lethal ruck combination in recent memory.
The Bad: Not a lot to speak of here. As has already been mentioned Goldstein has had injuries this season, but still managed 22 appearances, while his age of 28 which would perhaps be a slight concern for a midfielder is usually when a ruckman is in his prime. The only issue really for the Eagles is how they will get him in.
What his club wants: As Goldstein is in the prime of his career and the number one ranked ruckman in the AFL, the Kangaroos will want an early first round selection and perhaps even more – either another later selection or a young player.
What he’s worth: Quality ruckman of the calibre of Goldstein are the rarest of beasts in the AFL, and at 28 he will have no trouble honouring a three or even four-year contract. As such Goldstein is easily worth an early first round selection.
What we’d pay: Early first-round pick 4-8
Possible trade scenarios:
North Melbourne trade Todd Goldstein to West Coast for picks 12 and 34
North Melbourne trade Todd Goldstein to West Coast for pick 12 Tom Lamb.
The Verdict: As has been mentioned previously, despite the constant denials from the Kangaroos the rumours of a Goldstein trade continue to gain momentum. Given the current situation at the Kangaroos, it would certainly not be a bad move. Goldstein is unlikely to be around when North Melbourne is next in premiership contention, and his present value is such the Kangaroos will be able to bring in two highly talented youngsters – either through the upcoming National Draft or over the current trade period.