Callan Ward will join GWS on a five year deal believed to be worth as much as $4 million. And more recently GWS has snared Fremantle midfielder Rhys Palmer, Port Adelaide’s Chad Cornes and Dean Brogan in the past 24 hours.
Ward is the second Bulldogs player to be poached by one of the AFL’s new clubs after Jarrod Harbrow also left with a lucrative offer to head to Gold Coast.
Scully, a No.1 draft pick, appears likely to make an announcement in the coming days.
A GWS spokesperson said the club planned to reveal “several” more uncontracted player signings this week from those teams that are not competing in finals.
Scully’s manager Peter Blucher said the young talent would “honour” his commitments at Melbourne up until today when it is expected he will inform the Demons of his decision to move north for up to $1 million for five, and possibly six, years.
“Up until the weekend, his focus is all about football which it should have been and then he’s got end of season medicals on Monday, Tuesday and perhaps even Wednesday,” Blucher said.
“He’s got to honour all of those things and thereafter he’ll turn his mind to absolutely what he’s got to do.”
Meawhile, ST KILDA coach Ross Lyon has been the bolter for the Melbourne coaching position as betting agency Sportsbet went into meltdown on Monday with a betting frenzy on the Saints coach.
Lyon was at $17 to be the next Demons coach after the news of Dean Bailey’s sacking. But since then he has firmed into $9 last week and yesterday after the significant plunges, he moved to become the $2 favourite.
Sportsbet’s Haydn Lane believed there would be some truth to the plunge on Lyon.
“They’re normally on the money, not always. Usually in a lot of the markets, we find they’re a good indicator. With the carbon tax price, we were betting on what that price would be set at and you wouldn’t believe the amount of bets we took on $23 a tonne and sure enough that was what came in,” Lane said.