Paul Roos has admitted the Demons are interested in the Crows star, but are yet to make a formal offer.
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Melbourne coach Paul Roos says the Demons are interested in Adelaide Crows gun Patrick Dangerfield, but have not yet made a formal offer.
Dangerfield is contracted to the Crows for next season, but is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of 2015.
Speculation has increased that the Crows may consider a trade this offseason to ensure the club receives appropriate compensation for their star man instead of possibly losing him for nothing if he leaves the club at the end of 2015.
The 24-year-old has already stated that he would like to remain at Adelaide, however on Monday Crows board member Mark Ricciuto didn’t rule out the possibility of trading him.
“I haven’t (spoken to Dangerfield) but I think it’s been fuelled by Ricciuto’s comments on radio. Of course it pricks everyone’s interest,” Roos told the Herald Sun.
“We would absolutely be interested in him but he’s a contracted player. It gives you an insight into the future.
“You are going to see as early as this year or next year with someone like Dangerfield, clubs trading them a year before free agency.
“There is no question it is going to happen. When exactly will it happen? I don’t think anyone can be certain but you can sense clubs (with players about to become free agents) are a little bit on edge.”