Trade whispers, breaking news, rumors, players without contracts, free agents, Adam Cerra, Sam Petrevski-Seton
Fremantle is forced to wait by a young gun out of contract.
In addition, the future of a former top 10 at Carlton looks clouded.
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Essendon coach Ben Rutten is hoping the club’s three non-contract stars will re-engage with the club after the frenzied start to the season.
Armed midfielders Zach Merrett and Darcy Parish are both out of contract at year’s end, while senior foxfooty.com.au reporter Tom Morris has revealed striker Jake Stringer wants another contract four years old despite being 27 years old and having a history of injuries.
Speaking on 3AW Sportsday, Rutten said Stringer’s value is important, as well as that of midfield duo Merrett and Parish.
“(Jake Stringer) is a really valuable player for us,” he said on Sports day.
“He knows how much we love him and how important he is to us, we have a few guys who are out of contracts and we are working right now.
“We’re really optimistic and confident that we’ll be able to keep all of these guys and Jake is one of them right now.
“We were really happy to bring him back to our team last week and he gives us a different element and he has a unique talent in our team.
“We certainly believe that we are building something that our players want to be a part of. “
DOCKERS WAITING ON CERRA
Fremantle has made an offer to out-of-contract midfielder Adam Cerra, club boss Peter Bell, revealing that the 21-year-old has had a deal ahead of him “for some time”.
Foxfooty.com.au senior reporter Tom Morris revealed last month that the Dockers had offered Cerra a four-year contract worth around $ 750,000 per season.
Cerra, a Victorian, has been linked with a homecoming with rival clubs offering a significant sum in an attempt to trap the rising star.
Speaking on SEN, Bell provided an update on where contract negotiations have taken place with the emerging player.
“Adam and his management had an offer in front of them and they’ve had it for a while,” Bell said. Dwayne’s world.
“Adam is a truly respected person, we respect that. We see a player who is really invested in our football club.
“He has a lot to do, which he will do at his own pace. We’re really comfortable with his position and it certainly didn’t affect his performance.
“We’re just going to continue these conversations and dialogue with Adam and his leadership. “
When asked if the club are keen to secure Cerra’s signing before the end of the season, Bell said that “that will be hope” but they will be content to “work our way through it” if not is not done.
STALLING BLUE AWAITS CONTRACT TALKS
Carlton is reportedly yet to start contract negotiations with Sam Petrevski-Seton over an extension beyond this year, with the 23-year-old’s career spanning the club’s stands.
Petrevski-Seton, caught with the sixth pick in the 2016 draft, has his contract talks on the back burner according to AFL Media, with the Blues still looking to re-sign arms duo Patrick Cripps and Harry McKay.
Cripps reportedly agreed his future was with the Blues, but talks continue over the terms of his extension.
McKay has reportedly indicated that he will wait until the club’s week off before opening talks on an extension.
Petrevski-Seton was relegated to sub-roles in rounds 7 and 8 before being out of the squad for the past three weeks.
HAWKS LOOKING TO RE-SIGN YOUNG PAIR
Hawthorn is reportedly set to re-sign off-contract defender Blake Hardwick, with AFL Media signaling a three-year extension is on the cards for the 24-year-old.
Hardwick finished second to the squad’s best and fairest in 2018 and has rarely missed a game in recent years, providing significant stability to a team undergoing a considerable regeneration of their roster.
The AFL Media report also explains that the Hawks will soon be turning their attention to young couple Jacob Koschitzke and Harry Morrison in an attempt to get them rehired.