Dylan Shiel has a big choice to make in the next couple of days.
Dylan Shiel has a big choice to make in the next couple of days.

Four clubs chase AFL’s most wanted man

DYLAN Shiel has a tough choice ahead of him as the GWS Giants star still has four Victorian clubs chasing his services.

Reportedly St Kilda, Carlton, Essendon and Hawthorn are still in the race as the 25-year-old looks to move home.

It's a tough choice for Shiel as St Kilda great Leigh Montagna told Fox Sports' The Trade Lowdown after day one of the trade period.

"It's a tough dilemma for him, because they've all got their pros and cons," Montagna said.

"We spoke about Hawthorn and Essendon being clubs that are more likely to play finals - and I think Essendon are most likely to be in that premiership window - if he wants to go for success.

"But St Kilda and Carlton are throwing big money at him. They are up and coming sides and if you can foresee a bit of a future, you might be able to say 'I can get the money and some success if I'm just patient'."

Dylan Shiel is a wanted man in the AFL.
Dylan Shiel is a wanted man in the AFL.

Senior foxfooty.com.au reporter Tom Morris believes a decision from Shiel is imminent - and Hawks fans should be optimistic.

"I'm hearing that he's leaning towards Hawthorn but we won't know for sure until the next 24 to 48 hours," Morris told The Trade Lowdown.

"Hawthorn I think are the ones. Alastair Clarkson has got massive pull."

However, Morris conceded St Kilda and Essendon were arguably more eager to grab the star's signature.

"Essendon have been in for a midfielder for a long time now," Morris said.

"All season they've been trying to bulk up that midfield - and Shiel would help that.

"They're coming hard for Shiel, but they're coming hard for any midfielder they can get."

St Kilda are eager to sweeten the deal with the Saints' football boss Simon Lethlean putting the clubs top AFL draft pick on the table for GWS star Dylan Shiel.

Last Friday, Saints list manager James Gallagher said they would not use their No.4 pick in a trade for Shiel but Lethlean made it clear on Monday that they would pull out all the stops to secure the midfielder and they remain confident they can secure him.

"All assets are on the table to get a deal done," Lethlean said. "We haven't been told no (by Shiel) so until we are, it's a yes."

After a big first day of the trade period with Tom Lynch going to Richmond, there are still several big names on the trading block with Shiel, Gold Coast's Steven May, Melbourne forward Jesse Hogan and Port Adelaide's Chad Wingard still to decide their future.

- with AAP