A rival club is reportedly set to make a mind-boggling contract offer to make a rising Demons star the highest-paid player in the AFL.
Demons rising star Luke Jackson is reportedly set to receive a $10.5 million offer from Fremantle in another explosive twist to his contract saga.
Just days after it was first reported that the Dockers were set to make an “extremely attractive” offer to 20-year-old West Coast legend Peter Sumich, he claims the offer is worth a staggering $1.5 million. by year.
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The Melbourne ruckman has had an 18-month break with the Demons and was a crucial piece in their premiership puzzle.
The former No. 3 pick in the 2019 AFL Draft is out of contract at the end of the 2022 season.
Both Fremantle and West Coast are reported to have a keen interest in luring the talented star back to Perth.
Sumich has now revealed how serious the Dockers are.
“Look, I heard Fremantle offered him seven years at $10.5m,” Sumich said on 91.3 SportFM radio in Perth.
“That’s a lot of money and if that’s the case I find it ridiculous. The boy is not worth that, but sometimes you pay more to get them in. These will be interesting times for Luke.”
Sumich said he hopes Jackson will stay in Melbourne out of loyalty to the club that drafted him. With Demons superstar Max Gawn suffering from a serious ankle injury, Jackson has a huge platform to prove he’s worth a rich contract.
“It’s going to be interesting the next four weeks with the way he’s going as the No. 1 ruckman,” Sumich said.
“And if he dominates? That ($10.5 million) might be low. I think the child will be fine. He is still learning. Let’s remember that he is a basketball player who is still learning his trade as a ruckman forward.
“He is still two or even three years away from reaching his best years.”
The AFL released data earlier this year revealing that just six players earned more than $1 million in 2021, including Lance Franklin, Dustin Martin and Nat Fyfe.
Sumich also said he thinks Fremantle are creating salary-cap space to try to snatch Brownlow medalist Lachie Neale away from Brisbane during the 2022 Business Period.
SEN’s Sam Edmund reported this week that Fremantle were “reserving a few pennies” and had not yet made contract extension offers to some of their players.
“The picture will become clearer over this break weekend,” Edmund told SEN.
“The player movement space is abuzz with rumors that Fremantle have come up with an offer that is extremely attractive in terms of finances and permanence.
“Meanwhile, the Dockers have largely delayed introducing new contracts to their out-of-contract players in the first half of the year, prompting speculation that they’re only saving pennies.”
Originally published as Rumor, AFL rising star ‘offered $10.5m’ for rival club