Hall of Famer
- May 5, 2006
- AFL Club
- West Coast
Yep, people jumped on 'not matching' and assumed that meant he could just walk out the door.I believe the article said that they’d facilitate a move if he wanted to sign elsewhere. That is, they would trade for draft picks, rather than match and force him to stay. They will absolutely get every bit of compensation (more than just a compo pick) that they can extract if they let him leave.
GWS as is prudent will do the best thing by GWS. They won't hold a gun to Coniglio's head and force him to stay, but they will look to get the best return should he elect to go. The compo tops out at a single first round pick so offering squillions doesn't benefit either club. GWS could get pick 15-20 as compo, or they could try and get something better than that from us. Also footy is a closed system, so even if they got our pick instead of a compo pick that's essentially the same that's taking from a rival rather than from the AFL cookie jar. They aren't petty but if the scenario was reversed would we want a rival signing Gaff or McGovern and having a first round pick when we could get that pick off them?
IMO the biggest win for GWS will come from academy bidding, either getting in ahead of any players bid on or trading down and then back up the order.