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Which clubs could steal Jeremy Howe?

  • Which clubs could steal Jeremy Howe?

Speculation about Melbourne high-flyer Jeremy Howe reached a new peak this week.

The 192cm utility falls out of contract at the end of 2015. Negotiations with the Melbourne Demons are apparently floundering, leaving Howe open to rival offers.

The 24-year-old could reportedly earn up to $650,000 per year at another club. But which one?

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GWS Giants

The Giants are easily the front-runners for Howe.

The league's youngest club is keen to expand its talent base in all directions - not just to address specific problems. For example, a glut of gifted midfielders didn't stop GWS from recruiting Ryan Griffen in 2014.

Yet Howe could be a specific solution. The Giants' defence is prone to panicking and turnovers when the team is trailing. Howe could help as an elite ball-user across half-back.

The high-flyer would also provide some extra excitement at Spotless Stadium. The GWS publicity crew would market the hell out of a player who takes Mark Of The Year contenders on an almost-weekly basis.

Richmond Tigers

Richmond would love a 30-a-year goalkicker to complement spearhead Jack Riewoldt and emerging youngster Ben Griffiths. Howe would make the Tigers less predictable going forward, and provide a much-needed spark to a generally pedestrian team.

The Tigers almost bid for Melbourne midfielder Jack Trengrove in 2014, but abandoned the plan after discovering Trengrove's serious foot injury. The Tigers have money to spend and could throw $500,000 per year or even more at Howe.

Geelong Cats

The Cats are facing a deeper rebuild than expected and could be interested in an exciting and versatile 24-year-old. The club's play for free agent James Frawley in 2014 proves that it has the necessary spare cash.

Specifically, the Cats might want Howe for his work across half-back. Corey Enright and James Kelly are expected to retire before 2016, so Howe could replace them as creative rebounding defender.

Adelaide Crows

First-year coach Phil Walsh is honest about Adelaide's "missing pieces." Another tall defender to assist Daniel Talia is crucial, but an elite ball-user at half-back or half-forward would be an attractive prospect too.

Adelaide has a strong midfield but regularly butchers the ball when exiting the defensive 50 or entering the forward 50. As a Tasmanian, Howe has no incentive to remain in Victoria and could definitely move interstate - for the right price.

Where do you think Howe will play in 2016?

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