Collingwood Magpies move closer to locking in ruckman Brodie Grundy

The amount of money he would get in any deal and the way such a contract would be structured remains unclear with Richmond signing premiership forward Tom Lynch on a seven-year-deal when he joined them from the Suns however the amount of money he receives in the first three seasons of the deal of half a million dollars per year is relatively modest.

Grundy is the biggest name set to be a free agent in 2020 and although he has been connected to Adelaide he has indicated in all public comments that if right deal can be struck he’d be happy to remain at the Magpies.

If he signs Grundy would be the fourth consecutive high profile player in the AFL to get a commitment of seven years or more from a club when they became a free agent.

Stephen Coniglio was signed on a seven-year contract by the Giants at the end of this season to remain at the club while Richmond handed Lynch $6.5 million over seven years when he left Gold Coast.

Essendon secured Dylan Shiel on a seven-year deal when he left the Giants while Giant Josh Kelly and Eagle Andrew Gaff secured a commitment of 10 and eight years respectively to remain at their clubs.

Kelly and Gaff signed deals that included eight and six-year options in their favour that allow them to still exercise free agency after two years if they chose to do so.

Four of those five players had deals struck by Connor Sports Management while TLA’s Tom Petroro struck the deal involving Coniglio.

Jordan De Goey and Darcy Moore remain key players at the Magpies that come out of contract at the end of 2020 with the club restructuring their total player payments in recent seasons to give them a strong chance of retaining the pair.


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