Gaff’s contract extension. Eagle for life?

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Like someone else previously said, I reckon it’s a short contract. If it were a long term one I’m sure he wouldn’t have requested it be private. The only thing that would come from announcing it would be happy west coast fans and shutdown future speculation of him leaving, no? Can’t see any negatives in it. Definitely sucks, but I see it as he’ll help us win another flag and then he’ll bounce- would LOVE to be wrong though.


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I thought it was a 6 year contract confirmed?

Maybe I’m imagining things if this many posters are so concerned.
Nah, nothings been confirmed. Gaffy specifically requested that the details remain private, which makes me quite anxious if I’m being completely honest. That said, as he said, he is really happy at the club and there is no real reason why he would want to leave (besides family of course) I know he loves west coast with his whole heart so I’m hanging onto that to help ease my fear of the unknown.


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I don’t think there’s any reason why he’d turn down a 5-6 year deal though, that’s the rest of his career sorted financially wise. Just don’t think you can leave that sort of coin on the table, you’re one season ending injury/form slump away from losing the whole lot.. too much of a gamble. Sign the career deal, if he wants to leave in 2 years, the club will facilitate a trade.. Club gets adequate compensation, Gaff gets his cash (and hopefully a flag at the club he loves), everyone’s a happy camper. Of course.. he could just stick around for the 6 years and be a part of the 5fa :p
 
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Was speaking to someone from the club about this. They said

- Gaffs sole reason for staying was because of the immediate reaction Adam Simpson had to the hit to Brayshaw. The fact Simo went down the bench to talk to him convinced him to stay. It was literally the only reason he gave the club for changing his mind
- His contract is 2 years and is getting over 400k overall less then what he could have got elsewhere
- Only reason we got this close as because of a third party deal
 

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Was speaking to someone from the club about this. They said

- Gaffs sole reason for staying was because of the immediate reaction Adam Simpson had to the hit to Brayshaw. The fact Simo went down the bench to talk to him convinced him to stay. It was literally the only reason he gave the club for changing his mind
- His contract is 2 years and is getting over 400k overall less then what he could have got elsewhere
- Only reason we got this close as because of a third party deal
I would have believed this post if it wasn’t for this first point. There’s no way Gaff would have even thought about his contract when he was sitting on the bench post hit. It may have been a factor when he was considering it after his suspension but I there’s no way it was “literally the only reason” that he resigned.
 

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Was speaking to someone from the club about this. They said

- Gaffs sole reason for staying was because of the immediate reaction Adam Simpson had to the hit to Brayshaw. The fact Simo went down the bench to talk to him convinced him to stay. It was literally the only reason he gave the club for changing his mind
- His contract is 2 years and is getting over 400k overall less then what he could have got elsewhere
- Only reason we got this close as because of a third party deal
Yeah nahhh.
 
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I would have believed this post if it wasn’t for this first point. There’s no way Gaff would have even thought about his contract when he was sitting on the bench post hit. It may have been a factor when he was considering it after his suspension but I there’s no way it was “literally the only reason” that he resigned.
LOL I think you missed the point. Gaff said when he signed 2 months later that the talk they had on the bench made him realise he couldn't leave this club, after the fact. I'm not saying he made the decision then and there. Im pretty certain this will come out in the press when its all said and done because it's something the whole coaching staff was told

I have no idea why it's only a 2 year contract. Didn't get a chance to ask, but I do know the third party deal is a bit messy, so am guessing it's related to that.

EDIT - In hindsight I wonder if he meant the third party contract is 2 years, not his AFL one.
 

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LOL I think you missed the point. Gaff said when he signed 2 months later that the talk they had on the bench made him realise he couldn't leave this club, after the fact. I'm not saying he made the decision then and there. Im pretty certain this will come out in the press when its all said and done because it's something the whole coaching staff was told

I have no idea why it's only a 2 year contract. Didn't get a chance to ask, but I do know the third party deal is a bit messy, so am guessing it's related to that.

EDIT - In hindsight I wonder if he meant the third party contract is 2 years, not his AFL one.
But if that was the sole and only reason he signed like you say why did it take him so long to re-sign?

I’m not disputing that that talk on the bench contributed to him signing a contract, but it wouldn’t be the only reason.
 
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But if that was the sole and only reason he signed like you say why did it take him so long to re-sign?

I’m not disputing that that talk on the bench contributed to him signing a contract, but it wouldn’t be the only reason.
I know as 100% fact also, The day the AFL ratified the contract is the day he signed it. His contract is as clear as mud as they say
 

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Tbh I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out he really did only sign a short term contract.
He might still be planning to return to Melbourne in 2 years (or wants to leave that opportunity fully open) but feels that he has unfinished business at WC and wants to win a flag with us before then, along with having a sense of guilt and wanting to redeem himself/repay the club, and that this was more more important than potentially getting a bigger contract.
 
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Tbh I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out he really did only sign a short term contract.
He might still be planning to return to Melbourne in 2 years (or wants to leave that opportunity fully open) but feels that he has unfinished business at WC and wants to win a flag with us before then, along with having a sense of guilt and wanting to redeem himself/repay the club, and that this was more more important than potentially getting a bigger contract.
That was my view on it too. Unfinished business. Once we win a flag, I reckon he’ll bounce (as sad as it makes me) to a vic club, having felt like he accomplished what he set out to do with WCE and his teammates. I feel like we’re running on borrowed time with him, so Im really hoping he makes the remainder of his time at west coast one to be proud of. All that said, the “perfect world” in me says “nah Gaffy wouldn’t leave us, he loves west coast. Eagles or bust.” But I know it’s not realistic and can’t fault him for wanting to be back with family/getting paid millions. He’s been with us for almost a decade and always been a great servant of the club, so whatever happens, I’ll always be appreciative of the time he’s spent here and what he’s done for us. On that note! I’ll GLADLY be wrong and if he wants to stick around until he’s ready to hang up the boots than that’s fine by me!
 
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