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Collingwood baulk at Brodie Grundy's contract demands amid salary cap squeeze

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/11/2019
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Collingwood are becoming increasingly at risk of losing Brodie Grundy, with the superstar ruckman's contract demands putting pressure on the club's salary cap squeeze.

Negotiations between club and player have been ongoing for months, with Grundy reportedly seeking a big-money long-term deal in the vicinity of $1 million a season.

The Pies tabled an offer at around $850,000 a season earlier this year in hope of sealing the tall's services before he becomes a free agent in 2021, but Grundy was reportedly unhappy with the number of years on offer.

Now, The Australian reports the screws on Collingwood's salary cap are tightening, given their top-four finishes in the past two seasons, which places them at great risk of missing out on retaining the All-Australian.

Along with Grundy, the Pies are determined to lock up their strong midfield group, along with the likes of star forward Jordan De Goey and defender Darcy Moore, who are also both expected to seek large upgrades.

A two-time All Australian, Grundy is viewed as a once in a lifetime talent and the best ruckman in the game currently.

Adding to that Grundy's influence as an emerging leader in the club adds further weight to the decision the club has to make on whether it matches his lofty contract demands.

However the most divisive aspect of his contract standoff with the Magpies centres around whether or not offering a ruckman such a heavy-handed deal is feasible.

Former club captain and Magpies legend Tony Shaw has been outspoken in the past about Grundy's demands for a long-term deal, saying it would be a huge risk for the club to take.

“Every time a ruckman goes up at a centre bounce, it can be a chance of a knee-on-knee (injury),” the 313-game former Magpie told Macquarie Sports Radio in October.

"It's different to a key position forward or midfielder, who doesn't have to go through that. You can have accidents of course.

“I think the four years Collingwood have offered him is fantastic, as a matter of fact after the four years he may be offered more.

“The other thing about him is wanting to go home, that may be a bigger pull than anything.

“In four years, you don’t know what’s going to happen in that period of time.”

It creates an intriguing situation, similar to the one Hawthorn made when they allowed Buddy Franklin to move to Sydney on a $10 million deal, with many factors for Collingwood to now mull over.

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