Tier 5 ITK - formerly Indie Rock
- Jan 24, 2020
- AFL Club
- St Kilda
FWIW I thought it was f*n awesome the way your club stood strong on Dunkley and didn't bow to pressure from:I wouldn't know what the club thinks, but I could only assume that the asking price this year (two good 1st rounders) was purely because:
1) The club was caught off guard and had no time to prepare suitable replacements / trade targets
2) We had JUH coming, so random 2020 1st rounders just wouldn't cut it due to them being swallowed by a bid regardless
3) He was contracted for 2 more years
If another trade request were to occur, I would assume that not only would Dunks flag his intentions earlier, but he'd be in a position where he only has the single year left. Sam Power played extreme hardball with the drug cheats because ultimately we had no incentive to let Dunks go, especially when he still had multiple years left on a contract that is supposedly very cheap relative to the quality of player he is. The trade cost in 2021 would be lower than 2020, that I'm sure of.
Would the Saints really want Dunks though, given they just took Crouch? I feel there's other clubs that he'd suit better (Richmond, Essendon, Geelong) given the type they need to recruit for their midfields, but you'd know better than I would
- The player and his management
- Dodoro and his band of flogs
- Most impressively the Essendon biased media who think they can dictate what a player is or isn't worth and try public ridiculing of your asking price.
I don't think what you guys asked for was unreasonable at all given the quality of the player, the contract situation and his value to your club.
On Dunkley - if a player of that ability wants to go to your club you try and make it happen, but I wouldn't think he would be the number one priority for us. We have an ageing Ryder who was massive for us last year so need to replace him.
But at the same time it's not like we generally have a queue of A Grade talent lining up to join us either, so would depend on if he was interested in coming and if anyone else that fits a need more was interested (hypothetical only but like a Gawn).
Good luck for 2021 - should be a great game when our teams meet.