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Magpies unsure about Hurley's AFL plans

AAP logoAAP 15/08/2016 By Rob Forsaith

Collingwood have made their pitch to Michael Hurley, joining several AFL clubs in waiting for the banned Essendon defender's decision.

Hurley is contracted to the Bombers for the 2017 season but has become the most in-demand player on the market.

The Magpies this week followed Western Bulldogs and St Kilda in going public with their desire to sign Hurley.

Several other clubs are also interested in the 26-year-old.

There remains a chance the disillusioned defender will recommit to the Bombers, having skipped this season as part of doping sanctions.

"He's had a bit of think time. I'm sure we'll become more aware of that over the coming weeks," Buckley said on Tuesday.

"We're really keen on him. He hasn't said no.

"We're really sensitive and understanding of the position he finds himself in with his current club."

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge echoed Buckley's thoughts, saying everyone should be sensitive to the Bombers' plight.

"I won't be saying any more publicly (on Hurley)," he said.

"Because I just think it's a little bit disrespectful to Essendon's situation."

Adam Treloar and James Aish were both traded to Collingwood last year after nominating it as their club of choice, with the young midfielders impressed by a range of factors.

Buckley didn't reveal what carrots the Magpies used while selling the club to Hurley's manager Paul Connors.

"It's up to the individual to work out what mix he's looking for." Buckley said.

The Magpies offloaded a future first-round draft pick to secure Treloar in 2015, with Buckley conceding that will make it harder to agree on a suitable trade for Hurley.

"There's sensitivities around that, we value all of our players but our job is to give the club the best chance of success," he said.

"We want the best talent to come to us."

Bombers coach John Worsfold has expressed confidence throughout the year that Hurley will recommit.

Essendon midfielder David Zaharakis, who has played alongside Hurley since they were children, is unsure of the backman's plans.

"Hopefully he makes a decision in the next one or two weeks" Zaharakis told radio station RSN927.

"It is difficult, you don't want to put pressure on."

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