Star offered massive ‘Dusty deal’
WEST Coast star Jeremy McGovern has reportedly been tempted with a $7 million offer to leave Perth for a Melbourne-based club at the end of this season.
The All-Australian defender is a restricted free agent, coming off contract at the end of 2018.
The Herald Sun's Sam Edmund reports a Melbourne-based club has reached out to McGovern's management with a $7 million, six-year deal which would see him play in Melbourne until the end of the 2024 season.
The offer reportedly blows the Eagles out of the water.
Reports in February claimed West Coast has already offered the 25-year-old a $4 million deal over five seasons.
However, Edmund told SEN Breakfast on Wednesday the Perth-club's initial offer was for just $3.2 million over four years.
"West Coast could have a real fight on its hands to retain restricted free agent Jeremy McGovern," Edmund told SEN Breakfast.
"We have learnt overnight that one Melbourne based club has tabled a six-year offer worth nearly $1.2 million a season. That is confirmed by the people who would know.
"That is more than $7 million across the six-year contract. That is Dustin Martin territory.
"He is a dual All-Australian, has the stickiest mitts in the business and was the leading contested marker over each of the last two seasons.
"He is a WA lad, and there has been reports the Eagles have floated a five-year deal worth four-million."
Bombers legend Tim Watson cautioned against the reported offer to make McGovern one of the game's top-earning stars.
"That is for game changing, match winning-type players," the Bombers champion said.
"I don't think he is (a game changer). In my mind he is not at that point yet.
"He is not an Alex Rance player. At that money, that is who you are comparing him to. Alex Rance wouldn't be getting $1.2 million a year."
Melbourne legend Garry Lyon said rich offers like the one reportedly offered to McGovern are set to become a regular occurence in the game because of the new collective bargaining agreement, salary cap and free agency.
"$1.2 million is a lot of money, but even $800,000 for (GWS Giants star) Toby Greene, I think that's nearly unders, with the way the salary cap is going and the average wage and where that sits," he said.
"You can't compare teams. If Dustin Martin wasn't there (at Richmond), Alex Rance probably does get $1.2 million. Who's getting that money at West Coast, Josh Kennedy?"
"He is a disrupter because he is the number one intercept marker in the competition.
"I think (the offer) is overs, but to move someone from the West who is a Western Australian to Victoria, you are going to have to pay that sort of wedge."