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Greater Western Sydney tall forward Tom Boyd will almost certainly leave the Giants, according to his manager Liam Pickering.
Whether he’ll leave during the current trade period or at the end of 2015 is another question, however.
Boyd has nominated the Western Bulldogs as his preferred destination, however if the two clubs cannot reach an agreement during the trade period, Boyd will have no choice but to play on with the Giants in 2015.
Pickering said the 2013 no.1 draft pick wants to return home to Melbourne.
“He doesn’t want to live in western Sydney any more – he wants to come home and you know what? He’s going to come home,” Pickering told AFL Trade Radio.
“Whether it’s this year or next year, that’s what will happen.
“As we sit right now, he’ll be requesting a trade to the Western Bulldogs at the end of next season.”
The Bulldogs are offering skipper Ryan Griffen in exchange for Boyd, however the Giants released a statement on Monday saying they would not trade the 19-year-old under any circumstances.
Pickering said Boyd would honour his contract with the Giants if the two clubs could not reach a deal, but said it would be “ludicrous” if the deal didn’t go ahead seeing Griffen wants to join the expansion club.
“I think it’d be a ludicrous situation to have a player playing for the Giants who wants to play for the Bulldogs and a player playing for the Bulldogs who wants to play for the Giants when there’s a mechanism to get the deal done,” Pickering said.