Player name: Lynden Dunn
Current club: Melbourne
The Brisbane Lions have been linked to Dunn.
The original price
Dunn was chosen as the No 15 overall pick of the 2004 draft.
The Good:. Although he is not blessed with natural ability, you know you are going to 100% effort from Lynden Dunn whenever he takes the field. Starting his career as a tagger in the midfield, over time he has adapted his game to become a defensive forward and currently is a key position player in defence while still being able to offer rebound from the defensive 50. He is constantly coming up against bigger opponents in this position, but never backs down from the challenge at hand and is smart in using his body in one on one contests. Dunn also has leadership qualities as he has been a vice-captain at the club.
The Bad: While Dunn is extremely committed to the cause of his team, his passion sometimes spills over into undisciplined territory, giving needless free kicks away at critical moments. Dunn also fell out of favour with the coaching staff this season only playing four games.
What his club wants: As he has another year to run on his contract it is likely to be a mid-range draft pick.
What he’s worth: Despite only playing four games in 2016, Dunn played 80 of 88 games between 2012-2015 and while he is 29yo, his body is in good shape. Dunn has seen a lot of dark days at the Demons over his career, and would be someone who could give a lot of advice to a young playing group going through difficult times like what the Lions squad are currently going through. Also has some versatility to his game and as an ex-forward, he would feel comfortable playing in that part of the ground when required to do so.
What we’d pay
A late second-round selection, around pick 34-39.
Possible trade scenarios:
- Trade with Brisbane Lions for pick 46.
- Trade with Brisbane Lions for pick 56
Dunn is certainly one of the biggest competitors in the league today. He would be a tremendous asset to a young playing group as his actions lead by example.Dunn is also a real ‘chatter‘ and loves a scrap on the field and therefore won’t allow his younger teammates to bullied by the opposition. While not a match winner, he is the type of player you would love to take to the field with.
Star rating: 3/5