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Dons' Goddard quandary

Brendon Goddard in action for St Kilda earlier this year.

Brendon Goddard in action for St Kilda earlier this year. Photo: Getty Images

ESSENDON’S bid for free agent Brendon Goddard has left the future of several Bombers uncertain, as the club needs sufficient space in its salary cap to accommodate the St Kilda star.

The Bombers are poised with a four-year contract offer for Goddard, which will exceed St Kilda's recent three-year offer, but some contracts can’t be settled until they know how much space is available in the club’s total player payments (TPP).

While David Myers is close to agreeing  on a new deal, three players — Alwyn Davey, Scott Gumbleton and David Hille — remain unsigned, having been offered one-year contracts. Gumbleton holds some interest for Fremantle, which is thought to be out of the running for Travis Cloke.

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The Dons are in discussions with Leroy Jetta’s management about an extension and remain confident he will be re-signed.

Essendon has not offered contracts to Sam Lonergan, Brent Prismall, Ricky Dyson or Henry Slattery — some of whom might be under pressure to retain their spots on the list.

Forward Angus Monfries is understood to have a four-year offer from Port Adelaide as a free agent signing. Essendon’s pursuit of Goddard, obviously, may affect whether it can  retain Monfries.

Essendon’s position is becoming the norm under the new free agency landscape, in which clubs cannot give some players contracts until they know whether they are acquiring a free agent; if it is a player of Goddard’s worth, potentially paid $700,000 a season or more, then room has to be made.

The rules also decree that clubs cannot table an official offer for a free agent like Goddard or Cloke until Monday. The club with a free agent has three days in which to match the offer — preventing him from leaving by that method.

Some within the football industry are frustrated that free agent offers cannot be made until Monday, given that this will hold up other players and their futures, though some at club level say this is the consequence of the new system — that players have greater freedom, with less security.

Carlton has not re-contracted Brock McLean, for instance, despite his vast improvement this year, partly because of its pursuit of Cloke, while Collingwood still has four premiership players out of contract — Cloke, Sharrod Wellingham, Tyson Goldsack and Harry O'Brien, with Cloke obviously the major deal that can affect the TPP available to others and to any player(s) it wishes to bring in.

St Kilda is highly unlikely to pursue a free agent from another club in the event that Goddard leaves for the Bombers, given that it would likely receive a first-round pick, which the Saints would rather use to improve their list, rather than reducing the compensation by signing a free agent.

33 comments

  • What did Goddard pole? 4 Brownlow votes was it?

    Commenter
    AdamA
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    September 26, 2012, 10:15AM
    • AdamA: Can't spell 'poll' - are you sure you counted correctly?

      Commenter
      justme
      Date and time
      September 26, 2012, 11:48AM
    • Exactly. He's 27 and coming to the last few years of his career. Certainly not worth the big bucks.

      Commenter
      Dano
      Date and time
      September 26, 2012, 11:58AM
    • @Dano: 27 is too old? Let me remind you:

      - Jobe Watson - this year's brownlow winner, 27 years old. 30 Votes
      - Sam Mitchell - equal second, 29 years old, 26 votes
      - Scott Thompson - equal fourth, 29 years, 25 votes
      - Dane Swan - equal fourth, 28 years, 25 votes
      - Gary Ablett - sixth, 28 years, 24 votes
      - Lenny Hayes, equal eights, 32 years, 19 votes

      6 out of top 10 in this years brownlow are older than Goddard...

      Commenter
      Chris
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 26, 2012, 2:00PM
  • Fair enough too, for to long to may players have been in a comfort zone. We will never get anywhere with the current list look at the Brownlow results besides Watson and Stanton where is anyone else?? They've all had more than enough seasons to make some sort of statement. Good move Bombers

    Commenter
    Adams
    Location
    PASCOE VALE SOUTH
    Date and time
    September 26, 2012, 10:15AM
    • did he play midfield? then 4 votes is ok! but ya...more would be good...but he is class

      Commenter
      barkus
      Location
      melb
      Date and time
      September 26, 2012, 11:55AM
  • Let him go, Saints can pick up 4 new good players for the same price.

    Commenter
    MrExercise
    Date and time
    September 26, 2012, 10:19AM
    • Brendon Goddard has been a very good player for the Saints, but like many of the Saints senior players is he at his prime, or about to fall apart? Essendon haven't done too well out of trades in recent years, trading away players who have done very well elsewhere, and landing some lemons. To lose Gus would be tragic.

      Commenter
      OpenWindow
      Location
      Bomber Fan
      Date and time
      September 26, 2012, 10:26AM
      • Who says Goddard is a sure thing going to the Bombers? The word out this way is that he'll be playing under his old coach next year....with Gumbleton.

        Commenter
        OutWest
        Location
        Perth
        Date and time
        September 26, 2012, 10:37AM
        • If I were the Bombers I'd being going after Sharrod Wellingham. Add some outside class to the midfield to assist Jobe.

          Commenter
          GoBombers
          Date and time
          September 26, 2012, 10:45AM

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