Player Watch #23: Ben McKay - Re-signs until end of 2023

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Snake_Baker

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Great news, wish it was a lot longer deal.

It's purely list management & economics mate.

Unless something goes absolutely haywire, he's North for life and virtually stated as much.

It's actually odd to think that he will become a life member in 4 years time at the ripe old age of 27.
 

Snake_Baker

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amaz199

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Never in doubt.

It's a no-brainer really... club has heaps of room for him to grow and develop, plenty of cap space and less pressure than say if he went to a bigger club that expected him to be on fire from day 1 whilst on big money.

He is in the groove right now with us and I hope it turns into a career that will be remembered.
 

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A little hint from Sam Durdin of why the negotiations may have taken longer than expected. Club clearly wanted a longer deal


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For clarity, how do you draw that conclusion from that post?
I got the impression it was a joke saying, you’re not that good mate - your manager had to work his bum off to get you more than you deserve.
In a joking way - they seem to rip the piss out of each other in a friendly way form playing together in the twos for years.
 

Mjs94

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For clarity, how do you draw that conclusion from that post?
I got the impression it was a joke saying, you’re not that good mate - your manager had to work his bum off to get you more than you deserve.
In a joking way - they seem to rip the piss out of each other in a friendly way form playing together in the twos for years.
Agree, that's exactly how I read it too.

For what it is worth, given Ben's improvement the last 12 months 2 years is smart by him and his manager. If he is a $500-600k backman now in two years he could be asking for $800k easily.
 

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