Restricted Free Agent Josh Kelly [RFA 2021, option to significantly extend current deal]

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C4[2]Yo`DooR

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Probably correct but i think i would take Kelly over Merrett if i was Carlton list manager and both were available
I've thought long and hard about it and I still struggle to split them in terms of preference (if we were ever able to secure one).

Both would be unbelievable additions to our 22, but the logistics of getting any deal done w/ either side would vary:

  • Essendon likely to finish lower than GWS and may accept a top 5/6 pick as FA Compensation for Merrett?

  • GWS may be more keen to get Kelly's salary off their books (if the cap situation is as dire as the media presents) and therfore may be more flexible to deal with via trade? (on the proviso that FA Compensation isn't suitable).
 

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C4[2]Yo`DooR

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You confident we can retain both Cripps and McKay ? Would much rather we lock those 2 away first before we start sniffing around the FA/OOC market.
All we can go by is Cain Liddle's comments about us still having underspend and being a major player in FA this year.

It's always dangerous to assume, but I think he would be making these projections based on keeping Cripps and McKay.
 

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[*]GWS may be more keen to get Kelly's salary off their books (if the cap situation is as dire as the media presents) and therfore may be more flexible to deal with via trade? (on the proviso that FA Compensation isn't suitable).
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What cap situation?

We offered big contracts to Cameron and a few others that were rejected and they went to their home states. We brought in 2 guys on low contracts who wanted to prove themselves or get another chance.

Would say we have no issue with cap at the moment. Better than it’s been for sometime really.

Less so than plenty of others.
 
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What cap situation?

We offered big contracts to Cameron and a few others that were rejected and they went to their home states. We brought in 2 guys on low contracts who wanted to prove themselves or get another chance.
Good call - I forgot to factor in the loss of Cameron and co.
 

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I've thought long and hard about it and I still struggle to split them in terms of preference (if we were ever able to secure one).

Both would be unbelievable additions to our 22, but the logistics of getting any deal done w/ either side would vary:

  • Essendon likely to finish lower than GWS and may accept a top 5/6 pick as FA Compensation for Merrett?

  • GWS may be more keen to get Kelly's salary off their books (if the cap situation is as dire as the media presents) and therfore may be more flexible to deal with via trade? (on the proviso that FA Compensation isn't suitable).
Just 1 word

DODORO
 

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Are you sure about Jack Martin getting a decrease? It's my understanding that Carlton dramatically restructured his deal after it became apparent that he was going to be disproportionately disadvantaged by the Covid wage scaling that occurred on 2020.
This article was released today which states that he lost around $300k from his front loaded salary last year and that his management, AFLPA and the AFL took care of the issue.

Martin was therefore disproportionately affected, losing in the vicinity of $300,000 last year. While the AFL and players’ association initiated a special fund for players like Martin, whose 2020 salary was substantially above their annual salary, Martin confirmed he had still been a significant financial loser from COVID-19.
 

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