An AFL broadcaster was “stunned” by an offer to a promising midfielder from Fremantle.
Plus the young Geelong who should look for a job at the end of the year if a more advanced time is not to come.
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THE HTE OF THE AFL ON THE LEFT THE OFFER ‘STANGED’ BY DOCKER
AFL 360 co-host Gerard Whateley says he is “stunned” by the salary allegedly offered to young Fremantle Adam Cerra.
The 21-year-old is yet to make a decision on his future beyond 2021, with a move to Victoria heavily anticipated in recent weeks.
Foxfooty.com.au senior reporter Tom Morris said earlier this month that Fremantle’s offer to Cerra was $ 750,000 over four years – a figure that floored Whateley.
“I am flabbergasted by the money offered to him. There is surely a rite of passage where there is an interim contract of around $ 400,000, ”he told SEN’s Crunch Time.
“(Cerra has to) become that player and then get the dollars, he skips steps because he’s in demand.”
Former Richmond assistant coach Justin Leppitsch agreed, adding that Cerra’s place in the midfield ranks with the Dockers is currently well below what the contract offer suggested.
“I’m not saying he won’t be a good player, but he doesn’t even stand out in the mix of young children in the Freo Brigade,” he said.
“I would rank him maybe fourth in this midfield brigade.”
AFL GREAT INVITES GUN CAT TO LOOK ELSEWHERE
Western Bulldogs legend Brad Johnson believes Geelong midfielder Charlie Constable should seek clarification from the Cats at the end of the year as the 22-year-old is “too good” for the VFL level.
Constable played the first three rounds of the season at the senior level before being relegated to the reserve, where he thrived.
The former Pick 36 has been the top elimination winner in each of the Cats’ last four VFL games, recently totaling 43 eliminations and one goal against the Brisbane Lions.
Speaking on Fox Footy’s Saturday Stretch, Johnson said the ball player should consider moving elsewhere.
“There’s one in Geelong in particular who in my opinion is an absolute gun that just doesn’t get a match because of the senior players in his roster and that’s Charlie Constable,” he said. Explain.
“He’s had a great first year, a few games in 2020 and only a few games this year. For me, he’s a player ready to go when given an AFL opportunity.
“I think if I were Charlie I would definitely look for the end of next year because he’s too good to play VFL.
“He’s an AFL footballer as far as I’m concerned, so if he doesn’t get the go-ahead from the Cats at some point, he may have to consider his options.”
Another question posed to Johnson was who could be next year’s Tom McDonald – a player whose career was at a crossroads before responding brilliantly the following season – with Collingwood forward Mason Cox becoming his main candidate.
Cox only played his fifth game of the season on Saturday, with another great forward Darcy Cameron appearing to usurp him in the key role so far this year.
With Cox out of contract at the end of the year, Johnson was hopeful the 30-year-old could rediscover his best footballer in 2022 – whether at the Magpies or elsewhere.
“We were talking about this earlier, Mason Cox potentially being that type of player,” Johnson said, referring to McDonald’s 2021 stellar campaign so far after being wanted for the trade late last year.