Star Magpie Jordan De Goey has quietly told the club he wants to re-sign.
With De Goey out of contract at the end of the season, foxfooty.com.au reports that he will likely remain at the Pies for at least the next two years.
However, there are three complications with De Goey’s contract talks with the club.
The first issue is that De Goey doesn’t have a manager to help organise his contract, currently representing himself in negotiations.
Only 10-15 players in the league are doing the same, yet none are as high profile as De Goey.
The star forward told reporters earlier in the year he is receiving assistance from his father and the AFLPA.
Rival clubs however, don’t believe that this decision will make him more likely to leave.
“Number one of course, how is he able to negotiate contracts when he has probably never negotiated a multimillion-dollar contract before?” Senior reporter Tom Morris told foxfooty.com.au.
“Secondly, he’s not a lawyer, so there’s lots of little fine print in contracts that make it complicated. He’s going to have a really difficult time if he wants to do that.
“I’ve been told he’s going to have a marketing team around him, people advising him, but there’s every chance that at the end of the year – or whenever Jordan de Goey signs on at Collingwood, or somewhere else, that he’ll be doing that himself.
“That’s a massive call for a player to make.”
The second factor is De Goey’s broken finger. He hasn’t been seen since Round 7 when he lead the Pies to victory over Geelong with a best-on-ground five-goal performance.
However, he is expected to return to the playing field in three to five weeks.
The third factor is the murky waters surrounding Covid-19 and the uncertainty around list sizes and salary caps.
Since the contract freeze was lifted, there have been discussions between agents and list managers happening everyday without concrete details to follow.
"I want to be Nathan Buckley’s patience, determined like a Brayden Maynard tackle, focused as a Brodie Grundy run in, as woke as Scott Pendlebury’s awareness, provoking like a Jordan De Goey tattoo and strong like a Darcy Moore mark in the backline."
— Maynard's impeccable jawline (@DuchessDanni) August 16, 2020