Peter Everitt fuels speculation Dustin Martin could play for GWS or the Swans to end his career

Peter Everitt fuels speculation Dustin Martin could play for GWS or the Swans to end his career: ‘Dusty would love it. He’d be a driving force’ 

Dustin Martin ‘would love moving to Sydney’ and he would be ‘a driving force’ for GWS should he opt to swap Melbourne for the New South Wales capital, according to former AFL great Peter Everitt.

The Richmond superstar lived in Sydney for a year as teenager and is reportedly increasingly fond of life in the city, where he recently spent a month training with Paul Gallen while on personal leave from footy.

Speaking earlier this month, GWS chief executive David Matthews said Martin was a ‘genuine superstar of our game’ and noted several players had opted to leave Melbourne for Sydney.

Former AFL great Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt believes Dustin Martin would love playing in Sydney

Everitt, who spent 13 years in Melbourne with St Kilda and Hawthorn before joining the Swans for two seasons in 2007, believes luring Martin north of the border would be a massive coup for either the Giants or the Swans.

‘Dusty would love it. He would be a driving force. We know how many fans are passionate Swans fans and at GWS he would put them back on the map, absolutely,’ the three-time All-Australian told The Herald Sun podcast on Friday.

‘I think it would be a massive coup for any of those NSW teams to get him. They would love it, they would embrace you. Everyone is in good spirits there.

‘I don’t want to recommend it to every player.’

The Richmond superstar lived in Sydney as teenager and is reportedly very fond of life in the New South Wales capital, where he trained with Paul Gallen last month while away from AFL

The Richmond superstar lived in Sydney as teenager and is reportedly very fond of life in the New South Wales capital, where he trained with Paul Gallen last month while away from AFL

The three-time premiership winner made an emotional return following seven weeks away from footy on Saturday, kicking two goals as Richmond beat Collingwood at the MCG

The three-time premiership winner made an emotional return following seven weeks away from footy on Saturday, kicking two goals as Richmond beat Collingwood at the MCG

Moving to Sydney would also allow Martin to step away from the ever-present spotlight he seems to be under in Melbourne, just as Buddy Franklin did when he swapped Hawthorn for the Swans. 

‘People say footballers don’t read the papers or know what is happening,’ he added. 

‘Of course we read the papers, we want to see what people are saying about us. But in Sydney you don’t get that, you get that step away.

‘Even when interstate teams come up and it’s a weekend away, it’s a different vibe around footy.’

Buddy Franklin swapped Hawthorn for the Swans in 2014 and has become a legend in Sydney

Buddy Franklin swapped Hawthorn for the Swans in 2014 and has become a legend in Sydney

Martin has two years left on the seven-year he penned with Richmond in 2017 and he is due another $2.5million over the next two seasons.

While there are no indications he will leave Punt Road, his agent, Ralph Carr, has previously spoken of how much the three-time Norm Smith medalist enjoys life in Sydney.

‘Dusty loves Sydney,’ Carr told News Corp last year.

‘He’s there a lot and he originally lived in Camden with his dad. You’ve got to live there to really know how good it is.’ 

The Giants came really close to land Martin in 2013, only for the deal to be pulled at the 11th hour.

Martin has two seasons left on his seven-year deal with Richmond and he is due to make $2.5million over the next two seasons

Martin has two seasons left on his seven-year deal with Richmond and he is due to make $2.5million over the next two seasons

‘It was certainly gonna happen,’ Carr told AFL Trade Radio in 2020. 

‘Dusty had had not the year we’d hoped in 2012, and in 2013 he was missing his family, so it was definitely gonna happen.’

‘We thought the deal was done, we’d been up there, Dustin was gonna reunite with his father in Sydney because he’d had personal issues about not being close to his father.

 ‘The deal was done and the next thing I heard was that it got pulled from above.’

A move to Sydney, however, will not be straightforward as the Swans have limited salary cap room, while the Giants are already stacked with midfielders.  

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