Burton considers his options after Hawthorn's trade offer to Port
Ryan Burton is considering his options after Hawthorn put him on the trade table in a deal to get Port Adelaide’s Chad Wingard to the Hawks.
Burton was taken aback by Hawthorn’s move when they indicated to Port Adelaide that they were willing to consider trading him as part of a Wingard swap. Burton, having signed a three-year deal in July last year and having also finished fourth in best and fairest last year, was upset at the development.
Ryan Burton is on the trade table. Credit:AAP
Port had been clear to Hawthorn that Burton would have to be part of any Wingard deal.
It is understood that Burton would want an improvement on his current three-year deal with Hawthorn to even consider a move back to his home state with Port Adelaide. He had been happy at Hawthorn until the Wingard scenario arose.
Wingard has chosen Hawthorn as his preferred club ahead of the Western Bulldogs, with Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson holding a high opinion of Wingard, who shapes as a prospective replacement for the retired Cyril Rioli.
While players in Burton’s position usually get traded to that club (Port Adelaide in this case), Burton has the option of considering other clubs, if he wishes.
Port also want Hawthorn’s pick 15 as part of the deal.
Meanwhile, Dom Tyson is expected to be traded for Braydon Preuss with Melbourne also receiving a later pick back in that swap.
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