‘We want the players to stay’: Giants quarterback Isaac Cumming on trade talks

Rumor has it that a few giants could request a trade at the end of the season, but the GWS defender is urging them to stay.

Giants defender Isaac Cumming is hoping a few torn teammates will shrug off rising opposition interest and stay at the club.

Jacob Hopper is the latest Greater Western Sydney star involved in the trade chatter as Tim Taranto, Tanner Bruhn and Bobby Hill are also weighing whether to stay with the Giants or not.

The difference with Hopper is that he is under contract for next season but will be a free agent and clubs often look to maximize their compensation by trading players for that position a year early.

The 25-year-old will play only his second match of the year against Brisbane in Canberra on Saturday after recovering from a second knee operation.

Richmond and Geelong are keen to add Hopper to their midfield reserves.

“Each player has their own carrot hanging in front of them, but at the end of the day, we want the players to stay at our football club,” Cumming said.

“Guys like Hopper obviously have a pretty big decision to make. It’s up to them and their manager, but we hope he stays for sure.”

GWS has endured a difficult season since reaching the finals last year, winning only five out of 16 matches and suffering the departure of longtime coach Leon Cameron.

Mark McVeigh is the Giants’ interim coach until the end of the season and is keen to get the job full-time but faces stiff competition from the likes of Alastair Clarkson and Don Pike.

“As a player, it was a pretty easy transition,” Cumming said.

“Clearly Spike (McVeigh) has been around for a long time and we have had a very good relationship with him since he coached the Academy under 16.

“I love him – all the players love him – and so far so good.”

The Clash of the Lions is the 50th match of Cumming’s career and shows how far he has come since playing just 10 matches in his first four years on the GWS roster.

Cumming’s highlights to date include playing in his first two finals last year, as well as Geelong’s monumental 21st round loss to the weak Giant, where he racked up an even 34 game eliminations.

“It’s been a pretty long road to get to 50, (but) it’s been a great road so far and I hope it doesn’t take me another six years to hit another 50,” he said.

“I had to wait in line because we had a few stars in the back line, but as soon as I got the opportunity after they left, I knew I didn’t want to give it up.

“I just do my best every week and keep my seat.”

Originally published as AFL: GWS Giants guard Isaac Cumming calls on Jacob Hopper and company. stay in the club