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Carlton recruiting boss Shane Rogers ready to walk out

Disillusioned Carlton recruiting boss Shane Rogers is on the verge of walking out on the club in the belief that Blues powerbroker Bruce Mathieson and incoming chairman Mark LoGiudice have been orchestrating his removal.

Delicate negotiations at Visy Park on Tuesday between the club’s recently maligned national recruiting boss and Carlton football chief Andrew McKay looked likely to see Rogers depart the club with a settlement less than four months before the 2014 trade period and without a certain replacement following Hawthorn’s refusal to release Graham Wright from his new contract.

LoGiudice’s unprecedented five-year contract offer to Wright worth a reported $2.5 million prompted Hawks president Andrew Newbold to register his displeasure at the attempted poaching at last week’s equalisation talks between the AFL and the 18 clubs.

While Newbold did not mention the club involved, outgoing chairman Stephen Kernahan and outgoing chief executive Greg Swann were later made aware the Hawks head was referring to Carlton. Not only were Swann and Kernahan unaware of the offer to Wright, but LoGiudice had also not informed football boss McKay nor coach Mick Malthouse.

Rogers was promoted concurrently with the demotion and later departure of former recruiting boss Wayne Hughes at the end of last year.

Credited with the selection of talented youngster Troy Menzel and more recently Patrick Cripps along with Cameron Giles, who is pushing for senior selection, Rogers was targeted indirectly by Mathieson early this season when Mathieson again slammed the club’s recruiting.

Wright’s unavailability preceded fresh reports that LoGiudice and Mathieson, who has no official role at the club, had also set their sights upon their close friend and club great Stephen Silvagni, who is currently the list manager for Greater Western Sydney.

However Silvagni told Fairfax Media on Tuesday night that he was contracted to the Giants until the end of 2016 and would not break his agreement with the fledgling club. Silvagni added he had received no approach from the Blues.

The audacious and secretive bid to poach Graham Wright has intensified the atmosphere of mistrust which has surrounded the Blues’ off-field operation as the handover from Kernahan to LoGiudice moves towards the mid-June deadline.

While the Hawks’ president Newbold was disappointed in Carlton, the Hawks were also disappointed that Wright had seriously considered Carlton’s offer so soon after sealing a generous new deal with Hawthorn. Carlton’s inflationary move came during a week in which the AFL was announcing a cap on football department spending.

And Newbold’s protest in front of the AFL Commission regarding clubs enticing staffers to break contracts was quickly rebuffed by Western Bulldogs CEO Simon Garlick. The Bulldogs chief reminded the Hawks that they had last year poached former Bulldogs football boss James Fantasia, who was contracted. This proved an ill-fated move which saw Fantasia removed within months, costing Hawthorn a six-figure pay settlement.

While neither McKay nor Malthouse were not consulted about Swann's departure last week, McKay has confirmed he was a candidate for the CEO’s role along with former Australian Olympic Chef de Mission Nick Green, Fairfax Radio general manager Shane Healy and Western Sydney Wanderers boss Lyle Gorman.

 
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