He started his career very injury prone, i think he will slow down very quickly soon. Hes given his all, but the sort of player who will go from being solid, to a liability very quickly. If he gets any decent offer he should take it.
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.
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 Rance
If we win the flag I wouldnt blame him leaving for a bit of pay day.
If Garth comes along nicely all year and the offer nets us an end of first rd pick plus frees up some salary in our cap then just maybe
we may encourage him to go.
We will need some extra cash to pay the young blokes and I fear we may even lose a young bloke we cant afford to keep.
Bolton, Balta, Stack and Ross have all shown they will be good players their next contracts they will demand a bit more coin.