Ruckman Brodie Grundy appears destined to seek a trade to his third club in as many seasons after watching Melbourne's straight-sets AFL finals exit from the sidelines.
Melbourne's gamble on recruiting former Magpie Grundy over the off-season and partnering him with captain and superstar ruckman Max Gawn has failed to pay dividends.
Grundy played 17 games this season but just one after round 17 and wasn't used in the finals, with Josh Schache named substitute as Gawn pushed through a broken big toe in the 11.7 (73) to 9.17 (71) semi-final loss to Carlton on Friday night.
A dual All-Australian at Collingwood, Grundy is expected to head to Sydney, whose lead ruckman Tom Hickey has retired.
Defender Jake Lever couldn't blame the 29-year-old for considering another move.
"He's a pretty good ruckman and he's playing probably behind one of the best of all time. He's been playing in the twos the last couple of weeks," Lever said.
"So I'm sure that he'll do everything possible to make the most of his career and if that is to move or if that is to stay, we'll accept whatever it is.
"But I'm proud of Brodie for what he has been doing at training. You can see him in the rooms before the game and after the game talking to the guys.
"He's a committed Melbourne player but now the season's over I'm sure there'll be a lot of movement as there normally is this time of year.
"He'll be sorely missed if he does leave, but if he stays, we've got a pretty good number two ruckman, that's for sure."
A resolution will likely come quickly, with coach Simon Goodwin planning to talk with Grundy about his future over the next week.
"I'll sit down and have those conversations with Brodie," Goodwin said.
"It's not a space that we've been in the last three or four weeks.
"So now as the dust settles in the next 24 hours, I'll sit down this week and have a really good conversation with Brodie about what that looks like."
Another Melbourne figure who could be on the move is assistant coach Adem Yze, who is in still in contention for the Richmond job vacated by Damien Hardwick mid-season.
Andrew McQualter, who took the interim reins of the Tigers in May, is also believed to be in the mix as the process nears a conclusion.
Yze presented to Richmond during the pre-finals bye and said before the semi-final that another meeting is planned for next week.
"They've been awesome and I'm not sure how many people are still in the process but I'm enjoying the whole process and what's involved," Yze told 3AW.
"So far, so good."