MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Darcy Moore of the Magpies runs with the ball during a Collingwood Magpies AFL media session at the Holden Centre on May 11, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

AFL legend Leigh Matthews has warned suitors against paying up for out-of-contract Magpie prodigy Darcy Moore, saying he is “unproven.”

The 22-year old is set to come out contract at the end of this season, and according to his manager Liam Pickering has attracted the interest of a variety of rival teams, including the Sydney Swans.

And while Matthews thinks Moore is a very talented young player worthy of a big pay day, he does not identify him as one of the elite names in the competition.

“I’m not a huge fan of Darcy Moore,” Matthews told 3AW’s Sportsday.

“I know he’s a promising young player, but he looks like a leaping, marking player who takes the big leaping mark a couple of times here and there.

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“I don’t think he’s much of a ground level player.

“The footy world might rate him as a $600,000-$700,000 (a year) player, but I think he’s worth $500,000 on promise and potential.

“He’s still very much unproven.”

More has kicked 61 goals from his 50 games with Collingwood, but has only managed to play four games this season after dealing with injuries.