Melbourne and Brisbane have been quizzed on the futures of two their respective out-of-contract stars as rumours swirl.
Plus the latest on a suitor’s Jordan De Goey bid as well as Dan Hannebery’s future.
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RIEWOLDT STANDS FIRM ON DUSTY’S FUTURE
Richmond star Jack Riewoldt is categorically of the view teammate Dustin Martin will be at the club in 2023.
Martin is contracted to the Tigers until the end of 2024, but reports this year have linked the three-time Norm Smith Medallist with a potential move to a Sydney-based club.
Appearing on AFL 360, Riewoldt was asked by co-host Mark Robinson about Martin:
Mark Robinson: Too much is being said at the moment that Dusty is a bit distant from the club and he’s not the same person in recent weeks that he has been in previous years. Is there any worth to that comment?
Jack Riewoldt: No.
MR: Have you spoken to him ….
JR: Yes. Every day. I chat to him every day.
MR: About his future?
JR: No, you just check in and make sure he’s going alright. He’s in rehab at the moment, so that can be a bit distant and lonely anyway.
MR: What’s his mindset like?
JR: His mindset is he’s trying to get himself fit for a push at the backend of the year.
MR: Are you absolutely confident that he’ll be at the Tigers next year Jack?
CORNES CALLS ON CLUBS TO SHARPEN STANCE ON DEPARTING STARS
Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes believes clubs out of finals contention should no longer select players who are likely to leave for rival clubs at year’s end.
With Port Adelaide’s finals hopes over after Saturday’s loss to Collingwood, focus now turns to the club’s playing list, with Karl Amon a near-certainty to be playing elsewhere in 2023.
Speaking on SEN SA Breakfast, Cornes said clubs should take a harder stance at the selection table in regards to players who were heading elsewhere the following season.
“I don’t know why you’d play Karl Amon this week,” he said.
“For what reason would you play him? What’s the point of winning now, what’s the benefit for Port Adelaide to win this week versus development and having a look at a player you might be questioning whether they’re there next year or you might want to give them a taste of AFL experience they haven’t had so they get a bit of a boost heading into pre-season?
“There’s no real benefit to playing Karl Amon this week and I don’t know if I would. It’s a different story absolutely up until the point where you can’t play finals … but when you can’t, what’s the point?
“If Tim Taranto is leaving the Giants, if Jacob Hopper is leaving, what’s the point of playing them?”
DEES, LIONS CONFIRM HONEST CHATS WITH OFF-CONTRACT STARS
Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has admitted he’s had “honest chats” with out-out-contract star Luke Jackson about his future, saying the youngster faces a massive call ahead.
Jackson has put off contract talks until the end of the season and been heavily linked with a move to Fremantle as he weighs up returning to his home state of Western Australia.
Speaking on Fox Footy’s AFL 360, Goodwin implored the 20-year old to not be distracted by his future plans and keep his focus on helping the Demons’ bid for back-to-back premierships.
“I‘ve had some great chats with Luke and some were honest chats about we just want him to perform for the Melbourne footy club, however long that may be,” Goodwin told Fox Footy.
“That’s what our focus has been, whether that’s 10 weeks, whether that’s the next 10 years, and he’s been really open … he’s fully committed to Melbourne.”
Jackson rucking against Freo (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS
“Our responsibility as a club is to be mature in our approach towards that end, and get the best out of the Luke for however long he’s at our footy club … those conversations have been held with Luke and he’s embraced it.
“He needs time to make his decision … we‘ve said to Luke all along, ‘you take as much time as you need’.
“He‘s got the chance to go home at some stage throughout his career and he’s got a footy club that he loves at the moment, so it’s a big decision for him to make.”
Brisbane faces a similar situation with key forward Dan McStay, who’s been heavily linked to Collingwood on a five-year, $3 million deal.
And like Goodwin, Lions coach Chris Fagan just wanted to see McStay put his best foot forward while wearing the Brisbane jumper.
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“I’d have a couple of chats to Daniel during the season. These are challenging times for players when they’ve got to make decisions about their futures,” Fagan told AFL 360.
“I just wanted to make sure Daniel felt supported and also to encourage him to play the best football he can for the rest of the year.
“Whatever decision he makes he makes, hopefully he decides to stay with the Lions, but if he doesn’t he’s given us great service and we’re grateful for what he’s contributed to the club.”
Asked if players and clubs should announce moves ahead of time, like in the NRL, Fagan said: “That probably seems the mature way to do it, I just don‘t know whether we’re ready for that and whether all clubs will be comfortable.
“Some players might feel like if they say they‘re going, that would endanger their chances perhaps for selection for the rest of the year or the club might turn in a different direction.
“I don‘t know whether we’ve arrived at that level of maturity with football yet, I’d like to think so.”
SAINTS WANT MORE DE GOEY CLARITY
The Saints have been linked to De Goey, who was discussed at the club’s board meeting on Thursday night as it weighs up an aggressive pursuit of the 26-year old.
It’s believed the board wants to be satisfied he’s the “right fit” for the club both on and off the field including its leadership and values and whether he could help the club win a premiership.
De Goey’s future at Collingwood is in doubt after the Pies pulled their most recent contract offer to him following his Bali exploits — a two-year deal with a trigger for another two years, totalling $3.2 million.
De Goey returned from a quad injury on the weekend (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS
Geelong is also interested in the midfielder/forward, while St Kilda coach Brett Ratten confirmed in June his club would want to look at “all the evidence” around De Goey’s off-field indiscretions before ruling out a play for the out-of-contract Collingwood star.
“We’d have to do our homework and have a look at exactly what has happened and taking all the evidence as you do when you bring in any player, especially opponents from another club,” Ratten said.
“You’re looking at the on-field performance, and you’re looking at what you’re trying to build as a football club and culture and that as well. So we take in both sides of the equation, and then we make decisions around there and all those free agents will be singled out and sort of maybe targeting one or two, if it’s possible.
“We do assess everything they do on and off the field.”
HANNEBERY ‘PRETTY KEEN’ TO PLAY ON
Herald Sun journalist Jon Ralph reports Dan Hannebery is “pretty keen” to play on in 2023, but believes the out-of-contract Saint may have to settle for a rookie list spot.
Hannebery enjoyed a strong return to the field against Hawthorn — an inclusion that raised the eyebrows of some pundits — racking up 27 disposals and booting one goal in the St Kilda’s 12-point win in his first game since Round 23 last year.
However the injury-plagued 31-year old, who’s coming towards the end of a four-season deal worth around $800,000 per season — a contract renegotiated to a reduced figure this year — has struggled to stay on the park in recent years, playing just 16 senior games in four campaigns due to several setbacks.
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Speaking on Fox Footy’s On the Couch, Ralph provided the latest on Hannebery’s future.
“Officially out of contract, pretty keen to go again — probably needs to make the next three weeks a winner.
“He funded his own trip over to ‘Healing Hans’ the German soft tissue expert … he’s taken multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars pay cut.
“I think one possibility is if he gets through the year, you go onto the rookie list or you spend a summer trying to train yourself up — and if you can get through it, it gives you another year as a summer rookie.”