West Coast have a difficult task ahead of them as they try to ensure all their superstars end their careers with the Eagles.
While they aim to keep focus on competing for a premiership, it’s impossible to avoid contract talks until the end of the season; especially amidst the recent losses they’ve suffered.
It has been reported by foxfooty.com.au that McGovern’s agent made it known they’ll be asking for $1.1 million per season over the next 6 years.
Reports have also made it clear that it may be a figure too high for the Eagles to offer as they look to other superstars coming out of contract in the next 18 months.
Andrew Gaff, who is currently the third favourite for the Brownlow Medal, becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season while Josh Kennedy and Nic Naitanui will have expiring contracts next season.
McGovern reportedly put contract talks on hold until the end of the season after the Eagles offered him a four-year, $3.2 million dollar deal.
With all the buzz around the league and the interest in the All-Australian defender, it’s no secret the Eagles are going to have to up their offer in order to keep McGovern.
McGovern’s strong relationship with coach Adam Simpson puts the Eagles in a favourable position to re-sign the elite defender, but if they can’t offer the money he’s demanding, McGovern may find a home in Victoria where many clubs are showing interest and willing to pay.
For McGovern, it’s mostly about family security after he recently had his first child with his partner.
“It’s probably that long-term security — I reckon that’s what everyone would be wanting,” McGovern said last month.
“That’s something we’ve been aiming at with my management group. This could be my last contract I guess if it is a long one.”
Fremantle have also shown plenty of interest in the intercept defender, and are one of the sides at the head of the queue should he depart West Coast.