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Players linked to Melbourne

Players who nearly signed with, or it was suggested would join Melbourne but never did.

1880s

PlayerYearNotes
Charles Forbes 1889 Said to have arrived at Spencer Street station expecting to sign for Melbourne but was instead met by the Essendon secretary who took him to their home ground and convinced him to sign.

1890s

PlayerYearNotes
Doug Watsford 1899 Dandenong/Korumburra player sought by Melbourne before joining Collingwood
Albert Thurgood 1899Suggested the ex-Essendon player would make a return with Melbourne but he returned to his old side

1900s

PlayerYearNotes
Fred Leach 1905 Applied for a clearance to Melbourne in but was rejected by the permit committee when they decided that the MCC membership he would receive counted as an inducement. The 1902 Collingwood premiership hero moved to Boorondara (Hawthorn) instead.
Billy Monagle 1900s Former MCC cricketer who applied to be a coach at Melbourne. He had played for Port Melbourne and Warriors WA before being refused a clearance to South Melbourne in 1904. He then went to South Ballarat, was again refused a clearance to South and joined the Northcote Junior team. His application was refused again. more
Tom Sherry 1908 Refused a clearance by Geelong.

1910s

PlayerYearNotes
P. Mills 1910 Bendigo player who doesn't appear to have received his clearance before the 1910 season. Possibly Paddy Mills
Robert Franklin 1910 Port Melbourne player expected to appear with Melbourne but didn't
Johnson 1911 Fitzroy player denied a clearance
Morrison 1913 From Elsternwick
Nettle 1913 Geelong College forward
Burns 1913 Caulfield forward
Joe Slater 1913 Geelong player said to be going to be Melbourne "if he gets a clearance". There was a suggestion he would join University instead but he stayed with Geelong until the end of 1914.May have also gone to Hawthorn.
Dick Monteith 1913From Essendon
Len Phillips 1914 Pursued when Melbourne City folded but joined St Kilda.
Webb 1913 Geelong player
Wally Conder 1916 Champion Tasmanian player who was about to join Melbourne in when World War I interrupted. Later became the general manager of the ABC.

1920s

PlayerYearNotes
Snowy Hamilton 1921 South Australian champion from North Adelaide
Chip Turner 1921South Melbourne player denied a clearance on residential grounds and returned to South.
Fred Williams 1920s Carlton player who applied for a clearance, was denied and returned to the amateurs.
Ian McLean 1924 Bairnsdale/Xavier forward
FH O'Callaghan 1925 Applied for a clearance from North Melbourne but did not join.
Carlyle 1924 From Oakleigh
Peter Cleal 1924 From Murrumbeena
Maher 1924 From Swan Hill
Tom Standing 1926-1927 Linked in the 1926 and 1927 pre-seasons
L. Standing 1928 Linked in the pre-season
C'Connor 1928 Linked in the pre-season

1930s

PlayerYearNotes
R Whiting 1931Applied for a clearance but was tied to Geelong based on a new ruling that affected him as he had been a boarder at Geelong College.
Ron Shapter 1931 South Melbourne player who Melbourne denied they'd tried to poach, suggesting he had turned up to training on his own accord and had been sent away.
Edward Greeves 1932 First winner of the Brownlow Medal who applied for a clearance but was denied and sat out of football in 1932.
Les Hardiman 1932Geelong player who remained with his original side until 1937
Law 1932 100 goal kicker in the 1931 amateurs who was expected to play for Melbourne but did not.
George Bell 1933 Horsham full back who joined Essendon instead.
Phonse Kyne 1933 Collingwood champion who was ignored when he tried out for Melbourne, then played 245 games for Collingwood
GB Johnson 1933 Recruiting target from Glenelg who opted to stay in South Australia as he believed he wouldn't win a clearance.
McCaffery 1933 recruiting target who lived in St Kilda's recruiting district. They refused him a clearance to Melbourne.
Bruce Andrew 1934 Collingwood wingman and club vice-president who was pursued after not making the Magpies' final list in 1934. He did not join and eventually played four games with Collingwood that year.
Roy Burt 1934 Declined an offer to join and stayed in Leeton
Bert Hyde 1934 Hawthorn player who applied for a clearance but was persuaded to stay at his original club
Palmer 1935 Brunswick player who applied for a clearance but was refused by his club
Jack Bissett 1937 From South Melbourne
Bob Chitty 1936 From Sunshine
Arthur Timms 1936 From Sunshine
Jack Lowry 1937 Residentially tied to Melbourne in 1937 but allowed to join St Kilda in exchange for the rights to Bill Pearson
J. Ashdown 1937 Champion schoolboy who attended a pre-season training night but did not train
Hec Downing 1937 From RushworthGeorge Bates 1937 Northcote player that Melbourne tried to sign during his Collingwood career, then again in 1937
Jack Whitehead 1937 Prahran player who opted to stay in the VFA
William Johnson 1937 Prahran player who opted to stay in the VFA
H. Crane 1938 New South Wales player sought by Melbourne but remained with St George

1940s

PlayerYearNotes
Cec Hiscox 1941 Applied for a clearance from Northcote ibut didn't train with Melbourne and returned to his old club, where he stayed until 1951.
Jack Hill 1941 cricketer sought by Melbourne and Richmond
Emrys Owen 1944 Ruckman from Newtown, Sydney who received an offer for 1944 but does not appear to have joined the club.
Bill Farrell 1945 Appointed coach of the seconds 'subjected to approval of the MCC' but didn't take up the role (Age 02/04/1945)
J. Shellcot 1946 Sought clearance. Original club unknown.
Max Currie 1947 Richmond beat Essendon and Melbourne to his signature
Jim Thoms 1947 Melbourne sought to interview the Footscray rover in 1947 after 127 VFL games. They did not sign him and he never played another match.
Reg Parker 1947 Sandringham rover who stayed with his old side
Merv Laffey 1947 Footscray player who applied for clearance but stayed at his original club until 1952.
Ivan Goodingham 1948 Essendon follower who expressed a desire to play for Melbourne but didn't join
Jack Collins 1948 Fitzroy forward who the Demons were refused permission to interview
Stan Tomlins 1948 Sandringham player who was pursued by both Melbourne and Richmond before crossing to the Tigers without a clearance.
Max Rees 1948 Recruiting target from Tasmania after winning the Best and Fairest in the Tasmanian amateurs and captaining the Australian Amateurs in an interstate carnival
Tim Robb 1948 Footscray rover refused permission to talk with Melbourne
Duncan Anderson 1949 Schoolboy who kicked 24 in a match for Melbourne Grammar in 1949 and was said to want to play for Melbourne despite being residentially bound to St Kilda.
G. Goninon 1949 Essendon forward
K. Newton 1949 Essendon forward
Harold Shillinglaw 1949 Fitzroy half-forward
Peter Box Late 1940s Melbourne had a chance to sign him but he went to Footscray. Said that Alex Gray sent Ivor Warne-Smith to watch him at Wesley College but Warne-Smith did not make the trip.
Norman Minns Late 1940s
Early 1950s
Pursued by a number of clubs but residentially tied to Collingwood who would not clear him

1950s

PlayerYearNotes
A. Anderson 1950 Sandringham player who Melbourne requested permission to train but were turned down.
Merv Mitchell Tasmanian who agreed to join in December 1950 but was injured in a road accident and remained in hospital through February 1951
L. Dorman 1951 Invited to train. From Manuka.
J. Williams 1951 Invited to train. From Turner
Johnny McDonald 1951 Camberwell man whisked away in the midst of a match but refused a clearance. Camberwell then cleared him to Hawthorn.
John Barbour 1951 Richmond player applied for a clearance
Ray Rocher 1951 Tasmanian full-forward who decided he was too young to travel to the mainland.
Peter McAree 1952 Tried to cross from South Melbourne in 1952 after one Seconds game
Gary Maddox 1952 recruiting target who stayed in Tasmania
Paddy Martin ">http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/27052079"> http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/27052079 who was supposed to join Melbourne but was named senior coach of Launceston and decided to stay in Tasmania.
Jack O'Halloran 1952 Applied for a clearance in 1952, but joined North Melbourne instead
Ian Toyne 1952 Brother of Len Toyne who Melbourne sought to interview
Tom Allen 1953 Richmond player who applied for a clearance in the pre-season
Freddie Anderson 1953 Fitzroy rover
Noel McGuinness 1953 Captain of Queensland side Mornington who was also approached by St Kilda.
Ken Cameron 1954 Residentially tied to Geelong and failed to be cleared
Stan Hollow1950Rover from St Kilda territory who applied for a clearance to Melbourne (Age 05/04/1950)
Bruce Murray 1954 South Melbourne player who applied for a clearance to Melbourne but did not join
Clayton Thompson 1954 Jim Cardwell attempted to challenge Hawthorn's right to sign Thompson on residential qualification grounds, but the committee failed to back his challenge.
Roy Apted 1956 Tasmanian sought by Hawthorn and Melbourne. He didn't sign and joined St Kilda in 1959.
Len Gilder 1953 Given permission by Mordialloc to speak to Melbourne in 1953. May have trialed at Melbourne before joining Mordialloc.
Brian Gleeson 1950s When his brother Terry signed for Melbourne, Brian was offered a role in the thirds. St. Kilda promptly signed him up.
Lester Ross 1950s Melbourne objected to the signing of the St Kilda player as they believed he had lived in their territory.
Rhys London 1959 Tasmanian on the verge of signing in 1959, but the deal fell through.
Ron Marshall 1959 Refused a clearance from Port Melbourne

1960s

PlayerYearNotes
John Somerville 1960 Moe recruit who the club couldn't convince to move to Melbourne. Also signed by Essendon.
Bob Williams 1963 North Launceston player who was refused a clearance by his club at least 14 times.
Tom Hynes 1962Schoolboy star who Pursued by both the Demons and South Melbourne. Eventually played fourteen games over three years at South.
Maurie Wood 1962 Would have been residentially tied to Melbourne in 1962 if North hadn't signed him first.
Percy Jones 1964Tasmanian star flown to Melbourne to watch the 1964 Grand Final but signed with Carlton when Ron Barassi joined the Blues.
Graeme Dawson1963Melbourne waited for a residential clearance from Geelong and a playing clearance from Sandringham before he could join (Age 19/06/1963)
Bruce McPherson 1964 Best and Fairest for the ANU team in the Canberra League. Approached by Melbourne but turned them down
Alex Jesaulenko 1966 Approached by Melbourne but didn't join

1970s

PlayerYearNotes
Dean Farnham 1971 Central Districts ruckman shown as "not coming until next year" in a June 1971 edition of Inside Football. Eventually played for Fitzroy in 1974.
Bob Heard 1971 Shown as having been pursued by Melbourne in a June 1971 edition of Inside Football
Peter Jones 1971 Shown as having been pursued by Melbourne in a June 1971 edition of Inside Football
Brian Mynott 1973St Kilda ruckman who agreed to sign with Melbourne then changed his mind and returned to Moorabbin.
Rex Hunt 1973 Linked to the Demons
John Pitura 1974 Had negotiations with Melbourne and Geelong when he left South Melbourne but ultimately signed for Richmond.
Robert Lamb 1975Melbourne refused to pay a $30,000 transfer fee from Richmond
Stephen Clifford 1977 Collingwood player said to want to play for Melbourne in 1977. Remained at Collingwood until 1978.
Ronny Barassi 1978Son of Ron Barassi, chose to join North Melbourne instead of Carlton or the Demons who he was also eligible for.
Graeme Gellie 1978 On his way to Melbourne after being rejected by St Kilda until signed with Northcote instead. Later returned to the Saints in 1978.
Michael Graham 1976Sturt was prepared to swap him for Gary Hardeman, but Hardeman decided to stay at Melbourne
Adrian Gallagher 1976Chose North over Melbourne, Carlton or staying at Footscray
Ian Salmon 1977 Footscray player discussed as a swap for Bruce Reid but did not join, saying he wanted to play in the country (Age 15/04/1977)
Gary Parkes 1978Meant to be a part of the Allan Davis trade to Essendon in 1978
Wayne Johnston1978Melbourne expressed an interest in buying him from Prahran but his rights were held by Carlton, who he eventually played with
Leigh Matthews 1978Melbourne attempted to sign him as playing coach but Hawthorn reported them to the VFL for making an illegal approach.
David Young 1979Offered to the Demons by South Melbourne in a swap for Cameron Clayton in 1979 Melbourne opted to keep Clayton and South delisted Young.
Graeme Whitnall and Russell Ohlsen 1979Melbourne asked for permission to interview them (Inside Football 15/03/1979) but they didn’t join

1980s

PlayerYearNotes
Grant Thomas 1980Linked to Melbourne when dropped from the St Kilda list in early 1980.
Michael Oaten 1980 Son of ex-South Melbourne player Max Oaten lived in Melbourne's zone, but the Demons passed on him and he ended up playing 6 games for South/Sydney.
Guy Byrne 1980 Brunswick player who had been offered a trial by the Demons before being run down by a hit-run driver and losing his leg.
Grant Campbell 1980East Perth player who Melbourne alleged they tried to sign but had been offered $40,000 by another club not to join.
Kevin Bartlett 1980Richmond accused Melbourne of trying to poach their players
David Cloke 1980 Richmond accused Melbourne of trying to poach their players. The Demons had previously shown interest in 1974 (Age 19/04/1974)
Rod Ashman 1980Originally part of the Greg Wells trade to Carlton, Melbourne waved his rights to take Vin Catoggio and Michael Young instead.
Alan Mangels 1980The Demons claimed Carlton had offered him as part of the Greg Wells trade. The matter ended up in court during 1981
Mark Browning 1982 Appeared likely to cross from South Melbourne before Essendon outbid the Demons. Stayed at South.
Niall Quinn 1983Irishman who the club hoped to lure but lost out on when he chose to sign with soccer side Arsenal instead.
David Lord 1984 Son of John Lord, pursued by Melbourne and Richmond
Jonathan Barber 1980s Moama ruckman scouted by Melbourne in the 1980s.
Michael Coates 1985 Trained with Melbourne in the 1985 pre-season. Returned to the Roys in '86.
Andrew Jarman 1987 Approached by Melbourne after his brother had been drafted by the Demons. but chose to stay with North Adelaide
Gary Ablett 1987 Interviewed by Melbourne when he briefly split from Geelong but returned to the Cats.
Peter Daicos 1987 Melbourne denied mid-season rumours that they were going to buy Daicos from Collingwood
Michael Roach 1987 John Northey attempted to lure the Richmond spearhead, but he didn't sign.
Brian Taylor 1987 Melbourne announced they were interested in signing the Collingwood full-forward after the 1987 season but he remained at the Pies
Mark Massey 1988 ACT Under 16s captain Invited to train in the pre-season. Not clear if he took up the offer.

1990s

PlayerYearNotes
Michael Tuck 1991 In his autobiography Garry Lyon says that the Demons made an offer to Tuck after the season that was half considered.
Dermott Brereton 1995 With Allen Jakovich finished and David Schwarz out for the season Melbourne showed some interest for 1995 but he was drafted by Collingwood before the Demons could take him. He was still there but they took Shaun Smith instead.
Keenan Reynolds 1995 Another potential Schwarz replacement, articles suggested Melbourne thought he'd be gone by the time their pick came. He was available by the Demons didn't select him
Darren Gaspar 1996 Linked with the ex-Sydney defender in early 1996 but baulked at his 250k price tag.
Daryl Griffin 1996 Melbourne agreed to trade Jeff Hilton to Footscray for Griffin but the deal was vetoed by Footscray's administration.
Gavin Brown 1996 It was reported that Melbourne attempted to lure the Collingwood captain at the end of 1996.
Stuart Edwards 1996 Trained at the end of the 1996 season but was not drafted.
Paul McCormack 1996 Ex-Carlton defender who trained at the end of the 1996 season but was not drafted.
Shannon Grant 1997 Linked in mid-1997
Peter Matera 1998 Agreed to join then changed his mind and stayed at West Coast
Scott Russell 1999 Former Collingwood player who Melbourne expressed an interest in picking in the pre-season draft, but joined the Western Bulldogs instead
Glenn Manton 1999 Linked with Melbourne when he was not offered an appropriate deal by the Blues but stayed at Carlton.
Frankie Raso 1999 Former Collingwood player, trained with the club at the end of 1999 but was not drafted
Nathan Gemmill 1999 Rochester player who trained with the club at the end of 1999 but was not drafted

2000s

PlayerYearNotes
Blake Campbell 2000Son of Des Campbell who Melbourne asked permission to list despite their salary cap penalties
Peter Berbakov 2000Delisted Essendon defender who trained with the Demons
Adam Coghlan 2000Ex-Sydney Swans list player from Sandringham invited to train
Ryan Viney 2000Brother of Todd and Jay. Trained with the Demons after 2000
Paul Maher 2000Ex-Fremantle player.
Bernie Collins 2000sIrishman who was lost to the Demons in a coin-toss with the Bulldogs. Melbourne got Kevin Devine instead.
Trent Croad 2001 The Demons were initially named as his most likely destination after leaving Hawthorn, but he eventually went to Fremantle.
Brad Flower 2001-2002Son of Robbie Flower. Played with Eastern Ranges in 2001 and with Sandringham in 2002 with an eye to a father/son selection but was not picked.
Barnaby Howarth 2002 22-year-old midfielder from Pennant Hills, NSW. Trained but was not picked up in the rookie draft and joined Sandringham.
David Pitt 2001Springvale player who trained with the club
Wayne Carey 2002 Melbourne were one of the club's linked to Carey with CEO John Anderson refusing to rule out a move.
Michael Handby 2002 Former Adelaide listed player who trained with the team but was not drafted
Chad Davis 2002 Former St Kilda player who trained but was not drafted
Danny O'Brien 2002Ex-Geelong player who trained with the club but was not drafted
Jade Rawlings 2003 Met with Melbourne in 2003 trade week with a view to joining as a swap for the #5 selection ultimately used on Brock McLean
Ryan Houlihan 2003 Had an offer to join but chose to stay at Carlton.
Justin Blumfield 2005 Considered for the spot on the list left open by Troy Broadbridge
Kris Barlow 2005Considered for the spot on the list left open by Troy Broadbridge
Brad Sewell 2005 Ryan Ferguson refused a 2005 trade that would have seen him switch to Hawthorn as a swap for Sewell. Went on to win two premierships with the Hawks.
Chris Judd 2007Childhood Melbourne fan who named Melbourne as one of his four potential clubs before choosing Carlton
Robert Warnock 2008Almost lured to the club before choosing Carlton after 2008 . His brother Matthew played for the Demons at the time.
Shaun Burgoyne 2009Named Melbourne as one of his three preferred clubs when he left Port Adelaide. Joined Hawthorn.
Luke Ball 2009Courted by the Demons but nominated Collingwood as his preferred club. Despite some suggestion that Melbourne would use National Draft selection 18 on him, they did not.
Mitch Thorp 2009Former top ten Hawthorn pick who was sacked from the Hawks with a year left on his contracted. Trained with the Demons as a potential key forward but was not selected after failing medical tests.
David Hale 2010Former North Melbourne ruckman linked heavily to the Demons during trade week 2010. Despite the suggestion that Hale would go to either club, he eventually landed at Hawthorn when the Hawks trumped Melbourne's offer.

Media
Inside Football - 03/06/1987
Age - 11/01/1999
Age - 28/10/1999
Herald Sun - 20/11/1999
Herald Sun - 14/11/2000
Age - 21/11/2000
Oakleigh Times - 12/12/2001
Herald Sun - 11/05/2001
MX - 03/10/2001
Sandringham Brighton Advertiser - 18/02/2002
Age - 25/06/2002
Herald Sun - 03/09/2002
Age - 19/11/2002

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