- Dec 23, 2002
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
- Other Teams
- There can be only one...
I don't have a problem giving him a three year deal because he has been physically durable throughout his career and rarely misses games and I think he can play longer than 3 years... and we have no viable replacement. His footy over his last contract as a whole wasn't good enough to demand 3 years. I dunno, it just doesn't strike me with the confidence that Boomer or Waite had when they were put on short contracts. They knew they had to perform to get another deal and Waite's initial contract was extended despite injuries in 2016, 2017 and 2018. We wanted him to go again in 2019 as a 35 year old and he said he couldn't go through another pre-season. Where has this vibe come from that we would get rid of him as a 32 year old if he got hurt come from?Don't completely agree with you, but understand the points you are making. One year deals suit the club and not the player. One serious injury and that's it. Goldy is still in the top 5 Rickman in the league, arguably top 3. Those type of players have earnt the ability for a secure contract. 2 years with an option for a 3rd is fair for both player and club. But given our unspent "warchest" I don't have a problem giving him a 3rd year, even if he plays only 2. He's been incredibly durable for a Rickman who plays close to 100% game time.
I did have some inside info on what he might do, which I chose not to post. Turns out my source was wrong!
I just don't think he needs 3 years, he has been on a good wicket for a long time so he should be financially secure and even if he did his knee in two years time, I think he could still go around for another couple of years after coming back because he is a plodder, he doesn't rely on speed or agility and he doesn't get off the ground when he rucks anyway. I dunno, it just seems like our playing group that has lacked the killer instinct is something above the shoulders and I think wanting to play it safe with contracts is an extension of the player mindset.