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Martin and Tigers stuck in standoff

Dustin Martin.

Dustin Martin. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

The Dustin Martin saga has taken another twist with the 22-year-old sticking with his manager Ralph Carr and refusing to engage in contract talks alone with Richmond.

The Tigers are again envisaging a future without the troubled but talented young star, with Martin awaiting the arrival of his father, Shane, in Melbourne on Monday before making his next move.

And Carr has lashed out at his critics, telling The Age: ''I stand by everything I have said and I stand by the way I have represented this kid. My business has been sullied and my reputation has been damaged. I care about Dustin. He's a terrific kid and I've been misrepresented. I'm not an advocate for players changing clubs and I've always hoped that Dustin would stay at Richmond. He wears Royce Hart's number for heaven's sake. I've told Dustin that, just as I told Travis Cloke that last year. Richmond knows our position and there needs to be some dialogue.''

The Tigers continue to maintain that Martin is a required player but stand to lose him to the draft should a deal not be achieved.

Martin is understood to have instructed Richmond this week to deal with Carr after the player failed to attend a meeting with football boss Daniel Richardson and his offsider, Blair Hartley, at Punt Road on Monday.

Carr has indicated his frustration that club CEO Brendon Gale has not responded to his calls in the past and claimed Martin has been disappointed in Richmond's criticism of his management style.

Richmond and Carr have not been in contact this week, leaving the prospect of no deal being reached before Monday's Jack Dyer Medal count, in which Martin will poll well.

The expectation had been that Martin, after meeting coach Damien Hardwick late last week and previously being rejected by Greater Western Sydney, would return to the club and reach an agreement this week. But the Martin camp has continued to baulk at the Tigers' two-year offer of close to $1 million - an offer that could now prove heavily conditional, with performance and behavioural clauses.

Carr had indicated previously he had been obeying instructions in taking Martin to tour the Giants' facilities in Sydney's inner west, claiming the player had shown interest in living closer to his father and away from Melbourne's fishbowl football environment. He has also accused Richmond of suggesting Martin change managers.

No club has as yet made an offer to Martin, although his management has previously maintained he would achieve close to $600,000 annually should he place himself in the draft. ''They know our position,'' said Carr of the Tigers, adding he had no issue with Martin's behaviour on Brownlow night. ''I care about Dustin,'' said Carr. ''I thought it was fair enough after a long season that he had a drink.''

44 comments so far

  • He wears Royce Hart's number for heaven's sake. ???? So what ?

    Royce Hart never behaved this way.

    Commenter
    Simone
    Date and time
    September 27, 2013, 8:51AM
    • And apparently Cloke wears it too?

      This guy should stick to pop stars, football management isn't his forte. Why would Brendan Gale answer his calls when Dan Richardson is the football manager and doing the negotiating? It's the same reason as Dustin didn't show up to see Richardson without someone representing him.

      Commenter
      Tigerman
      Date and time
      September 27, 2013, 9:21AM
    • Invoking the values and traditions based on respect and integrity of past players, SPIN 101. Get a grip Carr, between you and "bad" dad I see no daylight for Martin's future.

      Commenter
      SteamboatWilly
      Location
      Seddon
      Date and time
      September 27, 2013, 9:25AM
    • I reckon Hart would have taken $600k a year & played at GWS if the offer was available back then. He certainly would today.

      But yeah - Tiges need to ditch Martin unless the manager goes. Too much bad blood now.

      Commenter
      mike basil
      Location
      hobart
      Date and time
      September 27, 2013, 9:37AM
    • Spot on comment. Yeah his acted in the players best interest, yet GWS had to tell Carr to basically piss offf back to Melbourne when he was trying to shop Martin to them. You have the players best interest, but Carr knows Martin's reputation & the work Richmond has put into this kid & now you expect blood money from them, without this kid maturing to deserve it first. Yet the extra baggage that will come with finding a minder etc to help this kid reach his full potential, if he gets to another club is something Carr cares little about, as long as he can count the money he makes on the deal.

      Commenter
      James
      Location
      Elwood
      Date and time
      September 27, 2013, 9:50AM
    • mike basil - your point would be valid if there was in reality a $600k offer from GWS or any other club. The fact is at this point there ain't.

      Big difference between being offered a deal and going fishing for one

      Commenter
      Chris from Tigerland
      Date and time
      September 27, 2013, 1:56PM
  • The single worst influence in Dustin's life a the moment (maybe apart from his tattooist) appears to be Ralph Carr. The guy is a disgrace and Dusty needs to cut all ties. What a weasel, claiming to have Dusty's best interests at heart and claiming the Richmond Football Club doesn't care about Dusty. Pull ya head in Dusty, represent yourself and sign RFC's contract.

    Commenter
    JamieBrom
    Date and time
    September 27, 2013, 9:02AM
    • His father doesn't appear to be a very sensible individual either

      Commenter
      Althom
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      September 27, 2013, 10:53AM
  • $500,000 is plenty for Dustin Martin. Not worth a cent more at this time.

    Commenter
    Jimmy
    Location
    Warrandyte
    Date and time
    September 27, 2013, 9:06AM
    • As a Richmond supporter I agree with you. $500k is the salary of a very good midfielder, which Dustin is. $600k+ is for guys who have shown to be elite players for many seasons in a row and you know they'll consistently get the job done. Dusty isn't there yet

      Commenter
      Mick
      Date and time
      September 27, 2013, 10:38AM

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