Four contenders pose for a Power star potentially worth more than $3 million.
In addition, an AFL legend has called for Rory Lobb to stay with Fremantle but suggests his future hinges on the club’s pursuit of another star.
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FOUR CANDIDATES FOR AMON BUT LEADER IS OUT
Hawthorn is the early favorite to land Port Adelaide halfback wingman Karl Amon, reports the Heral Sunbut three other Victorian clubs are excited.
Amon, a member of last year’s All-Australian 40-man squad, has stakes from St Kilda, Melbourne, Carlton and the Hawks.
While the Saints employ his mother Katrina as their native welfare manager, the report states that rivals believe the Hawks have already met Amon.
He’s been tied to a $650,000-a-year deal for five seasons.
The Power admits that he is increasingly looking forward to leaving and going to Victoria. according to Sevenwith offerings expected to range from four to five years.
If the final contract is at the top of the reported numbers, the Power can earn a first round compensation draw, or more likely a pick at the end of the first round.
Essendon took an early interest in Amon, but the growing market has forced them to withdraw from the race.
LEGEND’S LOBB WARNING IF JACKSON CALL CAN SHAP THE FUTURE
Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd has summoned Rory Lobb to stay in Fremantle, suggesting the only reason he would leave is if the Dockers land Luke Jackson.
Since Lobb has a contract for next year, the Dogs should acquire the big man through trade, with the 29-year-old reportedly seeking a $1.5 million three-year deal.
Lloyd cannot see, however, why Lobb, who has scored five career goals against Port Adelaide this weekend, would want to leave a much-improved Dockers team that are currently fourth on the ladder.
“If I were his manager, Colin Young, I’d say, ‘Stay with Fremantle, because you’re playing the best football you’ve ever played.’ And everyone is in this environment – Blake Acres, Jordan Clark, James Aish,” Lloyd said on Channel 9’s Footy classified.
“It makes me think, is it Luke Jackson in, Rory Lobb out? That could be the only reason you would leave the Fremantle Dockers.”
Veteran journalist Caroline Wilson believes “everything points to Jackson leaving Melbourne” as the rising star is currently weighing his future amid the gravitational pull to return to Western Australia.
Last week it was reported that the Demons worry about 20-year temptation to return home and join Fremantle as West Coast is also showing interest.
It is believed Jackson could earn around $800,000 to $900,000 from his next deal, with Melbourne likely not having the capacity to match competing offers but still be able to secure a competitive deal.
SUNS TRUSTED RANKINE WILL RESIGN
Gold Coast Suns coach Stuart Dew is confident that Izak Rankine will re-sign with the club soon.
It comes after Channel 7 reported that Essendon is interested in the out-of-contract attacker, who was selected by the Suns with Pick 3 in the 2019 AFL draw.
Rankine’s value has skyrocketed in recent weeks during a best period in the South Australian’s career, with 12 goals from his last four games.
But Dew said the club is in “good discussions” with Rankine as he hopes he will soon be dedicating his future to it, alongside players like Ben King, Noah Anderson and Jack Lukosius in recent times.
“We’d like to think we can get that done soon,” Suns boss said on Fox Footy’s AFL360†
“Obviously there will always be clubs chasing players and it’s clear that with the football he plays, there are clubs knocking on the door.
“He has been excellent, he brings others into the game.
“He is very easy to coach, Izak. Just put on his guernsey, push him into the race and he’s gone.
“We are very confident and are in positive talks. They are underway. I would like to think this is a relationship that will last.”
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