AFL Rd 6 - Collingwood v Essendon
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Darcy Parish of the Bombers wins the ANZAC Day medal for best of ground during the round six AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/AFL Photos/via Getty Images )

Darcy Parish's impressive form could earn him a hefty pay rise, according to two AFL legends.

Parish wrote his name into Essendon's history books by collecting 44 touches last night, the most disposals of any Bomber in history and was awarded the Yiooken Medal for best afield, which he will place alongside his ANZAC Day Medal from earlier this season.

The turnaround in form has not gone unnoticed by rival teams as Parish is out of contract at the end of the year and two former AFL greats have set the price tag on Parish should he re-sign with the Bombers.

Speaking on Fox Footy after the game, four-time premiership player Jordan Lewis believes the 23-year-old is worth $650,000.

“I’d go $650,000,” Lewis told Fox Footy and reported by SEN's Alex Zaia.

“I think he’s done enough this season. I think his game has gone to another level, he’s matured a lot, he’s played well in big games which is a good sign of maturity.

“He’s around the $600,000-$650,000 mark for me.”

Parish averages 31.4 disposals and ranks number one in the AFL for total centre clearances in 12 games this season.

The Bombers will hope to secure his signature as well as teammate Zach Merrett who is drawing increasing interest from rival clubs.

Merrett is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and Western Bulldogs great Brad Johnson believes the Bombers should offer no more than $800,000 a season.

“I’m talking what the Essendon Football Club should pay him,” Johnson explained.

“He’ll get more on the open market. If he’s going to stay at Essendon, it’s around that mark for me.”

The revitalisation at the Bombers under Ben Rutten and the emergence of promising young talent could sway the pair to re-sign for under their market value.