Collingwood footballer Travis Cloke. Photo: Paul Rovere
Travis Cloke will not renew acquaintance with Michael Malthouse and nor will he dock in Fremantle. The Collingwood forward will remain a Magpie for five years.
Cloke has signed a new deal to stay at Collingwood for five years with the fifth year conditional on a range of trigger points.
Fellow premiership player, defender Harry O’Brien, has also re-signed for a further two year deal.
The signings mean Tyson Goldsack, Andrew Krakouer and Sharrod Wellingham of the senior group remain unsigned. A new contract for Goldsack is expected imminently.
After club and player decided mid-year to put off contract negotiations until the end of the season the deal was signed less than a week after the preliminary final loss. It is understood to be substantively similar to the deal that was on the table three months ago, begging the question of whether the matter could have been put to bed mid-year and avoiding the months of public scrutiny and pressure on Cloke.
The Cloke family's strong line in insisting on a fifth year has been rewarded with the deal including that extra season on significant terms, but that is conditional on his form and fitness as measured by a range of trigger points.
"The final year is not unencumbered. There are conditions that will remain a matter for Collingwood and Travis but clearly both parties are comfortable with them," Collingwood football manager Geoff Walsh said.
The 25-year-old Cloke is now committed to Collingwood to the end of the 2017 season.
Cloke played all of the club’s 25 games this year - for 174 in eight years - and kicked 59 goals after booting 69 last year. He has been leading goal kicker in each season and proven himself in the elite of power forwards having led the competition in contested marks for two years.
"It’s obviously a long commitment from both parties which, from our point of view, reflects the regard we hold Travis in and our faith in his ability to play good football for a long time to come," Walsh said.
‘‘I think it’s also a reflection of Travis’ regard for Collingwood. He said all along that he wanted to stay at the Westpac Centre and clearly he’s prepared to make Collingwood his football home for many years.
‘‘Although the negotiations have been protracted all parties - Collingwood Football Club, Ralph Carr of RCM Sport, David Cloke and the Cloke family - have always been working towards the common goal of Travis remaining a Collingwood player.’’
O’Brien, also 25, has played 159 matches also in eight seasons having begun as a rookie in 2005. O’Brien was All-Australian in 2010.
Fringe midfielder Luke Rounds will consider a move to another club for more opportunities while ruck Cameron Wood is also out of contract.