What are you guys doing stuffing around with his contract … from the HS
Andrew McGrath waiting for a better contract offer from Essendon
ADRIAN Dodoro’s final challenge after a masterful trade period for Essendon is to find the money for a contract extension for Andy McGrath.
McGrath, 19, won this year’s Rising Star in a superb season that he hopes will set him up for a move to the wing in 2018.
The classy half-back and Brisbane midfielder Hugh McCluggage are the only players from last year’s top 10 picks not to re-sign.
Talks over McGrath’s extension were put off by mutual agreement mid-year after the Dons’ modest initial offer.
The cost of a likely two-year extension is the only haggling point for McGrath’s management and Dons list manager.
Andrew McGrath had a stellar first season at Essendon. Picture: AAP
The Dons have picks 48 and 67 in next month’s national draft. Jackson Merrett is likely to be delisted and Ben Howlett is hopeful of a one-year deal.
Last year’s overall No.1 pick McGrath told the Herald Sun in Grand Final week he wanted to end his career asbe a one-club player.
His manager Robbie D’Orazio, of Connors Sports, said then that talks to extend a deal past 2018 would soon heat up.
“He won the Rising Star, he was voted the best first-year player by the players, he played 20 of 22 home-and-away games and a final and he’s a special talent,’’ he said.
“So he’s a special talent and an impressive young man and I am sure we will be able to sit down early in the new year to look to extend his contract.”
Out of contract at Essendon are Josh Green, who kicked 17 goals in 17 games, and Shaun McKernan, who played three senior games.