It simply astonishes me that Collingwood’s salary cap management over the past decade appears to have been done by a retarded monkey with syphillus and yet it really hasn’t mattered to their success … fire sales to offload players, bringing Beams back on massive coin when he kind of decided late in draft period to leave Brisbane, etc … and none of it has mattered to their on field performance. Simply astonishing
The Contract (money), onfield performance, and workplace culture, plays a huge part in player decisions.
Any player who might have had their eye on coming to Essendon, will be asking hard questions after that GWS loss.
No doubt it does.
What your missing out on though is the flow of communication between all parties.
Those hard questions would be responded to by a representative at the club. Whereas our concerns (personal or friends) aren’t even addressed to the club and are responded to by other people on an internet forum or other social media or news reports.
At no stage would things be ‘almost certain’ until contracts are ready to be signed.
Which is the point I’m making.
Negotiations are always fluid.
What we do know is it is high risk. If he doesn’t work out for his new team they’re locked in with him for a long time.
Unfortunately, tall defenders are low in supply and high in demand.
It may have actually been a good idea to draft so many talls across a few drafts and get that part out of the way. Unfortunately, we’ve struggled to keep them on the park and develop them. And we’re losing one to boot. So we need to grab one back.
I’m not too worried how long the contract is. The length means very little as long as the contract is front loaded. A 7 year contract will run past two broadcast rights (and PA agreements). And we’re locking in before two of them. It’s likely, Ben will want to be traded before this contract is done.
For me, I think we can get the deal done by leveraging off his ‘was a fan as a kid’.
It’s not the end of the world if we miss out, but it also isn’t too bad if we get him.
If we are stacked with defenders, that’s a good thing. We may be able to get another Jake Carlisle for a top 10 pick like trade for one of them.
Weird thing is, you get more trade value and return from tall players (including rucks) than midfielders.
I’m perfectly fine with skipping McKay, and definitely if the contract is longer than 3 years (which it will be). I don’t want to give anyone with kicking skills and question marks over them that big for any long period of time. Far more fussed about contract term than salary.
If we don’t get him, we just take Ridley, Baldwin, Laverde, Reid and Hayes into next year. Weideman in a pinch. I’d be perfectly happy with that.
Hopefully we get a decent trade value for Zerk, given he’s best 18 and we’ve had 1 established year after 4-5 of development.
And if matching stuffs StKs cap all the better, then come for someone else.
They’re saying they’ll match if the compensation is less than a second rounder, ie band 3. If he’s agreed to less than band 3 money matching isn’t going to break their salary cap. Hell, at that cost they may prefer to keep him.