Bobby Hill left ‘deflated’ as GWS Giants blocks attempts to join Essendon before trade deadline

Bobby Hill remained “deflated” after the GWS Giants blocked his offer to join Essendon before the AFL’s commercial period ended today despite an improved offer from the Bombers.

The 21-year-old surprised the Giants by asking for a trade after publicly committing to the club a month ago, and found himself stranded as GWS refused to budge on a deal, citing a lack of depth in Hill’s position.

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The heartbroken youngster reportedly shed tears over the phone to Essendon’s roster boss Adrian Dodoro to strike a deal, prompting the Bombers to improve the trade offer before the 7:30 p.m. trade deadline today, but the Giants didn’t blink.

After his client was denied a move, Corporate Sports Australia player representation manager Colin Young expressed his disappointment.

“It’s very deflating, it’s very upsetting,” he told Fox Footy.

“I think logically [the Essendon request] is legitimate because it was not a five year and $ 1 million or five year by $ 800,000 contract. It was a contract that was similar to what he has now.

“I know there is speculation that agents are going to their trade ledger to get things done [but] it was a legitimate trade for humanitarian reasons. Bobby’s cousin plays Essendon and Bobby Rang Essendon himself to try and close a trade before we’ve even had a chance to call.

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“We brought in Bobby’s dad today to be by his side. It was a legitimate reason and the good things were there. I thought it could be done. I just thought there were all the good ones. key elements to conclude this agreement.

“Obviously Bobby is pretty chick now and he’s going to have a car to be with the family tonight. We’re going to give him three to four days and give him some time, and then catch up and see where he is. he did much of the work himself speaking to relatives in Melbourne’s indigenous community. “

Hill’s main reason for wanting to join Essendon centered around a desire to be closer to her two cousins, Essendon VFLW player Courtney Ugle and Bradley Hill from St Kilda, as her partner prepares to give birth to the child. of the couple.

Young revealed that the Saints star also believes a move to Melbourne is best for the well-being of her young cousin.

Although GWS Giants football boss Jason McCartney insisted the main reason the trade didn’t go through was Hill taking the club by surprise, Young painted a story. different.

“There have been discussions for a long time about Bobby and where he was with his partner with Jason over the year,” he said.

“Essendon got the future second, so it wasn’t outrageous and GWS never told us if they wanted a future second and a future third or whatever, so obviously they were good at keeping it.”

Despite the failure of the commercial movement, the Giants are confident Hill can have a productive season in 2022 and are committed to putting the necessary support around him and his partner, Georgia.

McCartney told the Seven Network that GWS is in the process of appointing a new Indigenous Liaison Officer who will help support Hill and her family.

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“We will chat with the family, we will support him,” said McCartney.

“This person will be able to provide Bobby with tremendous support. We are confident that everything will be fine.

“He’s a great young man. He’s exceptional, he’s a bubbly personality and he has a real talent that will help us win football matches.”

Despite a war of words between McCartney and Essendon over a strained trade deal for young Jye Caldwell during last year’s trade period, both sides have denied that lingering bad blood was the reason a agreement was not reached.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t tonight, but he’s a contract player, so you have to be pragmatic in these situations,” Essendon roster boss Adrian Dodoro told 3AW. Sports day.

“We fully respect the decision taken by Jason and GWS.”

Dodoro said he got wind of Hill’s desire to move to Melbourne a week before it went public, before being contacted by Young about the club’s interest.

“We actually didn’t have a chance to present and he said he wanted to come to the Bombers which was extremely flattering,” he said.

“But at no point did Jason or the GWS Giants say they wanted to trade him in, so in many ways it was a futile exercise.

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