You guys did well with getting 32 year old Jarrod waite for 4 years
Was Lids not best 22?He'll be 29 next year so I reckon it will be one final 3 year deal at the Tigers before retirement. I think players want to be one club players unless theres significant reasons not to. Dont underestimate the strong connection he has to play again with his best mate Rance and help him get back to footy as Rance once did with him.
Also, I'm not sure Astbury is the defender you go out and pay massive can't refuse overs for to pry him away from a club he doesnt want to leave. In recent memory, the Tigers just dont lose best 22 players they want to keep, and rarely do those players want to leave.
He was but we were happy for him to leave. Ask some of our younger players like Ben Lennon what Lids was like when it came to club culture.Was Lids not best 22?
Brian Lake was over 30 when he crossed from doggies to the hawks so Clarkson doesnt mind getting them into the club with 3-4 years left Lake ended up playing 54 games for the hawks and i could easily see similar with Astbury as he has been sensational last 4 years and over shadowed by RanceHe is a classic Hawthorn recruit IMO.
Under rated player that will come in and play a solid role at the Hawks ala Frawley
If he's willing to leave for cash / guarantee of not losing his spot, then the Dogs would be stupid not to beat that. Could easily pay upwards of $500k x 3 and not even blink an eye, while also plugging a serious hole in our defenceDont believe we would go more than $400k x 3 years
I don’t believe he would split for that narrow a gap , he had an opportunity a while ago to go to lions and stayed , very tight with playing groupIf he's willing to leave for cash / guarantee of not losing his spot, then the Dogs would be stupid not to beat that. Could easily pay upwards of $500k x 3 and not even blink an eye, while also plugging a serious hole in our defence