List Manager Stephen Silvagni has confirmed Jade Gresham and Nick Coffield have expressed interest in joining opposition clubs during this year’s 2023 Continental Tyres AFL Trade Period.
Gresham has flagged his intentions to join Essendon as a restricted free agent, however the Saints have the option to match the Bombers’ bid or force a trade if unsatisfied with the compensation pick tied to the deal.
Meanwhile, Coffield will look for new pastures at the Western Bulldogs following two injury-interrupted seasons at RSEA Park; his last senior game coming in Round 23, 2021.
“With Nick we’re looking to do a trade, and then with Gresh it’s about having a look at what our compensation will be and deciding whether we want to match it or either try and trade or convince Jade to stay at our footy club,” Silvagni told saints.com.au.
"We've looked at Jade and we know he's a quality player, so we'll have a look at what the contract offer is. Jade's got a really good relationship with Ross (Lyon), but we need some decent compensation for that (deal) to happen.
“I think clubs are just sort of holding off just to see where other compensation picks might be placed within the draft and what else other clubs are doing.
“That might just take two or three days, but we’ll see what happens.”
Silvagni remained open to trading picks with other clubs to strengthen the Saints’ standing heading into the National Draft, with picks No. 12, 33, 54 and 72 currently in the stable as of Monday afternoon.
“We’re open to anything with our picks,” Silvagni said.
“If we can improve getting up in our draft order or even splitting picks that we know we can get a couple of quality players (out of), we’ll do that as well.”
Fremantle’s Liam Henry and Carlton’s Paddy Dow have each nominated St Kilda as their club of choice in recent days, with Silvagni confident both deals will be formalised before deadline day, despite a fair bit of water to go under the bridge in regards to the Henry trade.
“We’ve got to work through a few bits and pieces… over the next 10 days we’re hoping to get those two deals done,” Silvagni said.
“We’ve got a quality coach in Ross Lyon, but also we’ve got a really good young list of players.
“When players who are looking to move clubs see the talent of the young players who are coming through the door, that certainly makes a club exciting and a club that people want to go to. That’s pleasing for St Kilda supporters.”