Fremantle has been blindsided by a shocking exit request from ahead Lachie Schultz, who needs to affix Collingwood through the commerce interval.
Schultz’s request was confirmed by the membership on Monday afternoon, and comes simply months after he triggered a 12-month extension to stay a Docker.
“Fremantle can affirm Lachie Schultz has right this moment enquired about the opportunity of returning to Victoria for household causes,” a membership assertion learn.
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“Schultz is a required participant who nonetheless has a yr to run on his contract.”
The 25-year-old can be a terrific addition to Collingwood’s ahead line, having kicked a career-high 33 targets in 23 appearances for Fremantle this season.
Essendon nice Matthew Lloyd was a kind of shocked by the commerce request, calling it a “devastating blow” for Fremantle if Schultz was to depart.
“There’s nothing worse than the premier getting higher, and I feel they’re going to get higher with Taylor Adams leaving and Lachie Schultz coming in,” he advised 3AW’s Vast World of Sports activities Radio.
“I feel that is an enchancment for Collingwood due to the dynamic energy he performs with.
“The way in which Collingwood performs the sport, it is kamikaze, it is dynamic, and he will get up the sector tougher than anyone, and pushes again tougher than anyone, and he kicks targets.
“For a small ahead, he kicked 30 targets in 2022 and one other 33 targets in 2023 and laid 95 tackles.
“He is as laborious a working ahead as you get and he joins Collingwood. It is a huge shock for the entire footy world that he is determined to depart and large for Collingwood.”
It stays to be seen if Collingwood will have the ability to appease Fremantle in a commerce for Schultz, with the Dockers all however sure to play hardball in negotiations over the approaching week.
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“That decide 18 will push out perhaps into the 20s due to the academy picks and compensation, so I feel that is what can be anticipated for Collingwood to surrender,” Lloyd stated.
“They (Fremantle) say he is higher than what would go at that choice within the draft anyway, so it is truthful sufficient.”