Discussion Re-Signings, Retirements, Delistings, Trade & Drafting

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Regarding some of these longer contracts, the rate of pay is only going one way, up. Only recently a $1m/season contract was insane, only for the best 1-2 players in the comp. Now each team has a number of players that are at or approaching that figure.
I'd say in the next 10 years we'll see some 1.5-2m contracts, especially if everything covid-related settles down and crowd numbers/memberships thrive as expected.

So locking in a player now at $1m/season for 6 or 7 years, while a gamble on their longevity, could very much be 'unders' sooner than we think.
 
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I'm not sure they can make the bigger/longer AFL contracts too performance based.
First and foremost, that makes salary cap calculations almost impossible.
Secondly, it cuts both ways.
Remember when Nike signed Tiger Woods to a 5 year, $40,000,000 contract in 2001?
Everyone said Nike was crazy. There had never been a contract like that for a golfer before. Not even close.
Nike's response? "We think we got a bargain, and are expecting we will probably have to pay a lot more, if we want to keep him at the end of this contract".
Woods' next contract with Nike was 5 years for $100,000,000, and nobody said a word!!!!
Well, imagine if Brody continued his AA form, won a flag, a Norm Smith, a Brownlow and a couple of Club B&F's.
His 7 year $8,000,000 contract would have looked like the steal of the century!!!!
This is the big difference in the Buddy & Grundy contracts. Swans have probably made 2 years of Buddy’s wages back from merchandise. You don’t see too many kids running around in a black and white number 4.
 
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$1.7m hint Dees star’s big move is happening; stumbling block in Giant’s exit: Trade Whispers
Ben Cotton from Fox Sports
July 22nd, 2022 9:29 am

1.74M REASONS TO BELIEVE IN JACKSON’S FREO MOVE?

Melbourne star Luke Jackson’s move to Fremantle has gained further momentum, with 7 News Perth’s Ryan Daniels reporting the 20-year old in March purchased a $1.74 million house in Western Australian suburb Shelley.
The new property — located close to where he where grew up — is also, conveniently, a 15 minute drive from the Dockers’ home base in Cockburn.
Of course, Western Bulldogs star and WA native Tim English bought a property in the Fremantle area late last year amid speculation around his future before recommitting to Whitten Oval.
But Freo is the favourite to secure Jackson, a Dockers fan growing up who’s out of contract, on a five-year deal estimated to be worth around $1 million per season.
The Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph reported on Fox Footy earlier this month the Dockers are “extremely confident” of landing Jackson as Melbourne “loses hope” of keeping the former Pick 3.

WHITFIELD ‘AVAILABLE’ DESPITE KEY ROADBLOCK

GWS Giants star Lachie Whitfield is reportedly “in theory available,” but “unlikely” to move, according to journalist Tom Browne.
It comes amid reports that another GWS “exodus” looms as the likes of Tim Taranto, Jacob Hopper, Bobby Hill and Tanner Bruhn have been tipped to depart due to salary cap pressure, with the club wiling to undergo a “reset.”
But Browne reports moving the 28-year old Whitfield’s lucrative contract worth around $800,000-$900,000 per season until 2027 would be difficult.
“I think he’s a little bit frustrated with the Giants, but not frustrated enough to move,” Brown said of Whitfield on Triple M.
“I think at his age, it’d be unlikely that anyone would come close to matching that contract.
“That’s not to say someone wouldn‘t look around at Lachie at the end of the year … some people regard him as potentially gettable, but on that sort of money it’s clearly unlikely.”
It comes in the midst of an indifferent season from the former All-Australian and two-time best and fairest winner also hampered by injuries, averaging 22.4 disposals and 6.4 marks from 14 games.

VICTORIAN RIVALS CIRCING DOW

Browne reports that Geelong and Richmond are circling Carlton midfielder Paddy Dow.
The former Pick 3, who’s contracted until the end of 2023, has fallen out of favour at the much-improved Blues this season, playing just two senior games despite strong VFL form.
“The Cats and Richmond are interested in Paddy Dow, who at the moment is struggling to get a game at Carlton. Just a bit of a trade nugget to keep an eye on,” Browne told Triple M.
Reports earlier this year stated Dow wasn’t eyeing a move from Ikon Park and was settled at the club, but that rivals were monitoring the situation for a ready-made midfield option.
The 22-year old, who made 17 senior appearances last season, has been named on an extended bench for Sunday's clash with GWS.
Dow’s younger brother — Thomson — plays for the Tigers after landing at Punt Road with Pick 21 in the 2019 AFL draft.

LIONS DEPTH PLAYERS, EAGLE GENERATING INTEREST

Brisbane depth players Deven Robertson, Tom Berry and potentially Rhys Mathieson as well as West Coast utility Jackson Nelson are drawing interest from rival teams, according to AFL Media.
It comes after the Lions have aggressively recruited players from other clubs via trade and free agency in recent seasons, with rivals now looking to take advantage of a selection squeeze at Brisbane.
Robertson (five games this season) and Mathieson (two games) are both contracted for next year, while Berry (three games) is on an expiring deal.
It’s also worth noting that club Brisbane has access to two father-son midfielders in this year’s draft in possible Pick 1 Will Ashcroft and potential first rounder Jaspa Fletcher to add to its already deep on-ball group.

Meanwhile Nelson is an unrestricted free agent and yet to kick off contract talks with the Eagles on a new deal for 2023.
The 26-year old has played 11 senior games this season for the 17th-placed club.
 
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MATTHEW Parker has called time on his Richmond career, choosing to head back to his home state of Western Australia.

He and the club mutually agreed to part ways after Parker, his partner and his three young children struggled with life in Melbourne, away from support networks in WA.

FLAG HERO'S FAREWELL Injury-hit triple premiership Tiger retires

The 26-year-old played 11 games for the Tigers after being selected in the 2021 NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft. It was his second stint at an AFL club following two years at St Kilda from 2019-2020.

Parker has played a total of 30 AFL games and kicked 23 goals.



Matthew Parker in action in Richmond's clash with Melbourne in round six, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos
He thanked the Tigers for giving him a second opportunity at AFL level.

"I have made some lifelong friends at Richmond and have made many great memories during my time in the yellow and black," he said.

"This club and its supporters will hold a special place in my heart. 'Dimma' and the people at our club always say family comes first, and living away from home has not always been easy for me.

"Now is a time that I must put my family first and return home to Perth with my partner and three children."



Matthew Parker and Rhyan Mansell perform an Indigenous dance ahead of the Dreamtime at the 'G game in round 10, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos
Richmond's general manager of football talent, Blair Hartley, wished Parker and his family well

"This is a decision Matthew has not made lightly, but family comes first, and we appreciate that," he said.

"We thank him for his contribution to our club and wish him and his family all the best."
 
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MATTHEW Parker has called time on his Richmond career, choosing to head back to his home state of Western Australia.

He and the club mutually agreed to part ways after Parker, his partner and his three young children struggled with life in Melbourne, away from support networks in WA.

FLAG HERO'S FAREWELL Injury-hit triple premiership Tiger retires

The 26-year-old played 11 games for the Tigers after being selected in the 2021 NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft. It was his second stint at an AFL club following two years at St Kilda from 2019-2020.

Parker has played a total of 30 AFL games and kicked 23 goals.



Matthew Parker in action in Richmond's clash with Melbourne in round six, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos
He thanked the Tigers for giving him a second opportunity at AFL level.

"I have made some lifelong friends at Richmond and have made many great memories during my time in the yellow and black," he said.

"This club and its supporters will hold a special place in my heart. 'Dimma' and the people at our club always say family comes first, and living away from home has not always been easy for me.

"Now is a time that I must put my family first and return home to Perth with my partner and three children."



Matthew Parker and Rhyan Mansell perform an Indigenous dance ahead of the Dreamtime at the 'G game in round 10, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos
Richmond's general manager of football talent, Blair Hartley, wished Parker and his family well

"This is a decision Matthew has not made lightly, but family comes first, and we appreciate that," he said.

"We thank him for his contribution to our club and wish him and his family all the best."
Loved his time at the Saints. He certainly added spark - I will never forget his ‘goal celebrations’. I was disappointed to see him delisted and rapt when Richmond picked him up but clearly it wasn’t to be. All the best Matty!
 
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