Rumours rubbish, say Suns

THE Gold Coast Suns have rubbished talk that midfielder and former No.1 draft pick David Swallow was considering a move to Melbourne as the Gillette Trade Period opened yesterday.

Suns football manager Marcus Ashcroft said speculation of a move for Swallow was "total rumour".

Ashcroft also said talk about a bid to get Collingwood premiership defender Heath Shaw was wide of the mark and that the club was reasonably happy with its playing list.

"We've invested a lot in young talent," he said.

"It's a fine balance between experience and youth and we believe we have the right mix of both.

"We take the view that we will continue to improve and develop next year and we have put a lot of faith and trust in our young players to grow again in 2014," he said.

Shaw is on the way out at Collingwood, although he has two years remaining on his contract.

The Magpies have indicated they would like to move him on, and the 28-year-old was an absentee from the Copeland Trophy (Collingwood's best and fairest awards night) on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, flag winners Hawthorn could soon have a replacement for ruckman Max Bailey who retired on the weekend.

Brisbane Lions youngster Billy Longer has nominated the Hawks as his club of choice. The 20-year-old, who was drafted at No.8 at the 2011 draft, wants to return home to Victoria after eight games in two seasons for the Lions.

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