AFL Trade News: Brisbane eyes massive double whammy as three-time Prime Minister Hawk Jack Gunston moves closer to decision

Brisbane have their sights set on a double whammy as Hawthorn star Jack Gunston, club hopefuls, join north-bound Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh Dunkley.

Dunkley has requested a trade to the Lions while free agent Gunston is weighing his options after 211 games and three Premierships with the Hawks.

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Versatile tall Dan McStay will leave Brisbane to join Collingwood and Gunston as the perfect replacements up front.

However, things get complicated when Gunston decides to sign with the Lions as a free agent, the compensation for losing McStay will be diluted.

HOBART, AUSTRALIA – JULY 23: Jack Gunston of the Hawks scores a goal during the 2022 AFL Round of 19 game between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Hawthorn Hawks at Blundstone Arena on July 23, 2022 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images) Recognition: Dylan Burns/AFL photos/AFL photos via Getty Images

That’s problematic as Brisbane still has to satisfy the Western Bulldogs in a trade and has enough draft capital left over to meet bids for highly-rated father-son pair Will Ashcroft and Jaspa Fletcher.

Speaking at the start of the TAB Spring Carnival on Tuesday, Gunston announced he is close to making a decision.

“Hopefully in the coming days or early next week,” he said.

“It’s that lifestyle change that’s appealing and we’ll see what we end up getting.”

Gunston, who turns 31 next month, had a rough season with the death of his father Ray in July but showed no sign of slowing down as he scored 11 goals in his last three games of the season.

“It was nice to end the year strong. It was also an emotional time for me and it was comforting to finish the final knowing I still have a lot of foot to play,” he said.

Dunkley had no qualms about joining the Lions despite the racism scandal surrounding coach Chris Fagan, who has been on leave from the club.

“It definitely didn’t make me think. I’ve spoken to Fages myself (and) from what I’ve had with him so far in such a short time, he’s such a good person and someone who already really cares about me,” Dunkley said.

Dunkley, who was a member of the Dogs Premiership side in 2016, said there was no bad blood between him and manager Luke Beveridge.

Adam Treloar and Josh Dunkley hold Georgie Treloar. Recognition: Dylan Burns/AFL photos via Getty Images

The 25-year-old also revealed what his best pal Adam Treloar thought of his decision to leave the club.

“There’s no bad blood at all… the work they’ve done for me and Bevo as a coach and the whole football club in general has been incredible,” he said.

“I’m going to the B&F tomorrow night and I’m really looking forward to celebrating the season with everyone and saying goodbye.

“I was on the phone with Ads (Adam Treloar) … he was obviously a bit disappointed but his partner Kim and daughter Georgie live up there so he was probably happier that I went to Queensland and not Adelaide so we could still.” be able to spend some time together.”

Trade talks will intensify after the end of the season.

Trade talks will intensify after the end of the season. AFL Trade News: Brisbane eyes massive double whammy as three-time Prime Minister Hawk Jack Gunston moves closer to decision

James Brien

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