Collingwood big man Brodie Grundy appears more than likely to remain a one-club man as a seven-year contract hangs in the distance, according to his manager.
Representative Robbie D’Orazio spoke at a TAB press conference where he provided insight into a prized client’s situation, and although the All-Australian is contracted to the end of 2020, manager and player both share a long-term view at the Holden Centre.
“I’m confident that we’ll get what we want. I think it’s not unreasonable or unfair to demand the deal that we’re after for Brodie,” D’Orazio said.
“He’s not just a ruckman, he’s a midfielder who is an ultimate pro. I’m sure that in the end we will get what we need.”
The 25-year-old led the competition for total hitouts this season, averaging 42.6 taps a game and narrowly edging out ex-Pie Jarrod Witts as the only big men to rack up 1000 hitouts in 2019.
Backing up his manager’s words, Grundy also finished in the top ten clearance-getters, tied ninth alongside Port Adelaide star Travis Boak.
The parties will reportedly be satisfied as soon as a seven-year deal is offered but D’Orazio is confident Grundy possesses the quality that demands such a signature.
“He fits within the realms of Tom Lynch, who we traded last year, and Dylan Shiel and Stephen Coniglio. He’s a top 10 player in this competition,” D’Orazio said.
“He’s contracted next year and he’ll be at Collingwood so we’ve got plenty of time.
“We’re comfortable sitting down with the Pies at some stage to try and get something done there and if not, then we’ll look at other options.
“We’re not in a hurry at all.”
Grundy himself admitted he would re-sign with the Pies if they offered a seven-year deal.
“Yeah, absolutely, I don’t know if you have spoken to my manager Robbie D’Orazio, but the phone is always on,” he said.
“Obviously, Collingwood gave me an opportunity to play AFL football and I love the club and where I am at, and personally what I give to the team.
“So if something was to eventuate … (that would be good). It’s not like it is a closed shop.
“I am an open book and I am pretty transparent and I have been pretty transparent all the way through.
“The conversation is there … if they would like it.”