Giants forward Bobby Hill requests trade to Victoria

Giants small forward Bobby Hill has told the club he wants to be traded to a Victorian-based club to be closer to his cousin, St Kilda’s Brad Hill in Melbourne, as his partner is pregnant.

A source close to Hill confirmed the request had been made, with the Giants surprised as the West Australian-raised 21-year-old has one year remaining on his contract and began to claim a regular spot in the team in his third season.

It also surprised several Victorian clubs who would like to add a small forward to their list.

Bobby Hill of the Giants is tackled by Nick Vlastuin.Credit:AFL Photos

Clubs in the market for a small forward include Essendon and Collingwood with the Bombers showing interest in the Suns’ Malcolm Rosas and Woodville West Torrens Tyson Stengle in recent weeks.

The Magpies were considering Stengle as a potential free agent however Geelong appear in the box seat to claim him after his mentor Eddie Betts joined the Cats as a development coach.

However, the Giants would need to agree to a trade for Hill, who was pick 24 in the 2018 national draft, which might open up cap space to allow them to secure Fremantle ruckman Rory Lobb who is keen on a return to his former club. The Giants were not contemplating losing a player to obtain Lobb when that prospect was first entertained.

Other small forwards out of contract and open to a move include Hawthorn’s Ollie Hanrahan, Sydney’s Ben Ronke and St Kilda’s Jack Lonie if a club became interested.

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