- Aug 14, 2004
- AFL Club
- West Coast
- Other Teams
- Cardiff City
Interesting.He's good but he's not worth 800k
Geelong is being creative to give itself the best chance of retaining Brownlow Medal fancy Tim Kelly — and it could lead to one of the game’s most radically flexible long-term deals yet.www.foxsports.com.au
- "Everyone’s got their own circumstances, but we’d be silly not to be creative in our thinking in order to keep a good player like Tim Kelly.”
The same report said the deal, if accepted, would see Kelly’s salary increase to $800,000 in 2020, which would put him among the four highest paid Geelong players.
- The Age also reported Geelong had put a longer term offer to Kelly — which reportedly didn’t sit well with the player as he ponders the prospect of returning home to WA — prior to the recent one-year offer.
But Kelly’s manager Anthony van der Wielen told the Herald Sun the Cats were yet to put official figures to him, saying parties were “really just talking a framework”.
“How can we get creative and what would it mean for a commitment. It is really just talking very openly and honestly about what are our options,” van der Wielen said.
- The Herald Sun reported Kelly’s management had asked the Cats to work on a unique contract that would provide the midfielder with long-term security but flexibility to request a trade during the middle of his contract.
So from that, if credible, you can infer the following:
- Kelly rejected Geelong's initial contract offer without even considering a dollar figure due to its length.
- Geelong must be very worried about losing him if they are publicly admitting they are only offering a single year contract.
To me it sounds like he still is determined to leave but is making sure he has an insurance policy this time around if the trade fails to occur again.