A frontrunner comes out in the race for Dan McStay, but there’s a twist.
And why Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir refuses to comment on his club’s interest in Demon Luke Jackson.
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WILL MC STAY HOME TO VICTORIA?
Collingwood has reportedly offered Dan McStay of Brisbane a five-year deal worth nearly $3 million.
The age is indicate the Magpies as frontrunners in the race to capture McStay’s signature for 2023 and beyond.
The Lions reportedly have their offer a deal from three years to fiveat nearly $500,000 a year.
McStay, a free agent, has yet to appeal for his future and a possible return to Victoria.
It’s no secret that for the past three seasons Collingwood has been looking for a key player to play alongside Brody Mihocek, the club’s leading goalscorer.
29-year-old Mihocek is playing a solo role forward as the only major target to score more than 20 goals a year since 2019.
Already in 2022, Mihocek is leading the way for the Magpies with 26 goals, with Jack Ginnivan second with 22 and the young Oliver Henry at 18 for a year.
But the deal with McStay may depend on what Jordan de Goey chooses to do with his future.
If De Goey chooses to leave the Magpies when his contract expires at the end of the season, The Age reports that Collingwood’s compensation choice will come into play – opening up the possibility of a trade for McStay instead.
The Lions have previously expressed confidence that McStay wants to remain in Queensland.
“We would like to think that he would stay and that we will have more fun times in the years to come,” CEO Greg Swann told SEN last month.
“He owns a few properties here, his partner is a local girl…the discussions are quite fruitful. Hopefully we can persuade Dan to stay – he’s a good player.”
WHERE IS JACKSON’S HEART?
It was reported that young Luke Jackson would be taking time off during the farewell round to decide his future, whether with the reigning Prime Minister Melbourne or at home in WA.
Jackson did go home for the mid-season break, but is no contract news to announce yet†
“Melbourne hopes for an answer from Luke Jackson about his playing future,” said SEN’s Sam Edmund.
“After a weekend in which he weighed up his playing future, Jackson has yet to decide where he wants to play.
“Melbourne has always been confident, but they now want some kind of sign from their player. As it stands, it’s not coming.
“So they’re waiting, and they’re waiting nervously as the second half of the year goes on.”
Club general manager Alan Richardson said he was still confident Jackson would stay in Melbourne.
“We’ll give ‘Jacko’ as much time as he needs. He’s a young guy. We are working on that together with his manager. We think he will be a player in Melbourne for a long time, so we’re pretty comfortable with where that is,” he told SEN.
“Of course we would have preferred to do that and dusted off given the stage of the year, but we are comfortable with where it is.
“It’s very important that we’ve said to Jacko and his management group TLA from the start that we’ll give them as much time as they need and that’s the way it’s developing.”
Richardson’s comments come just a week after reports of Fremantle’s extraordinary seven-year $10.5 million bid were quickly shot down.
But he did admit that there would be interest from rival clubs.
“I’d be amazed if it wasn’t. They wouldn’t do their job. A young lad of his talent, we have no doubt that it would, but like I said, we’re pretty comfortable with where it is on our end,” he said.
When asked directly why he was still convinced Jackson would stay, Richardson said it was a “reflection of the talks” the club had with the 20-year-old.
Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir declined to comment on his club’s interest in Jackson on Wednesday.
“It’s not my job to talk about things like that in public, and I’ve probably done that with players in the past and I immediately regretted it,” he said.
“If the shoe were on the other side, I wouldn’t want opposing coaches talking about my players that way. It’s not really up to me to comment publicly.
“I’m involved with the roster committee and constantly talk about our players and players around the comp, like any coach would and any roster committee would.”
It is expected that Jackson will asking about $800,000 a year with his next deal†
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