AFL legends David King and Kane Cornes have debated whether or not Collingwood’s $3 million supply to Lions free agent Dan McStay is worth it for the Magpies.
Collingwood has been closely linked to the 27-year outdated on a five-year deal value $650,000 per season because it appears so as to add one other marking ahead in assault.
Nonetheless Cornes, who’s lengthy been important of the transfer, thinks McStay is an instance of a “contract con” — arguing gamers’ worth will increase as a result of they’re out of contract — and says the Pies ought to as a substitute prioritise growing their kids.
McStay has booted 16 objectives from as many matches this season and been held goalless on eight events, whereas the important thing ahead’s 28 majors in 2021 mark his finest ever return.
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Though King believes given McStay is an unrestricted free agent — which means he’d price Collingwood nothing to pick-up — he’s value a punt and that the membership can nonetheless develop its youth on the similar time.
It comes forward of an eventful low season at Collingwood, who presently sit third on the ladder amid a 10-game profitable streak, with the futures of free agent Jordan De Goey and star ruckman Brodie Grundy unsure.
Learn the complete alternate under between King and Cornes on SEN concerning the Pies’ bid for McStay.
King: “I believe you’ve been fairly onerous on Collingwood on this one. I do know he’s not a large goalkicker, however he’s a structural participant. So I need you to color the reverse for me, the opposite facet of the coin. They’re clearly one goal brief … they usually’ve needed to make do with lesser-grade gamers in the meanwhile. In the event that they had been to bypass on McStay, what’s the opposite possibility? How do they appropriate that space?”
Cornes: “Are you higher going for Dan McStay, who’s been held goalless eight out of his 16 video games, he doesn’t kick objectives. Or are you higher to speculate sooner or later and play Ollie Henry? They’re the identical gamers to me.
King: “However you possibly can nonetheless do each.”
Cornes: “With all the pieces that’s gone at Collingwood, with the long-term (wage cap) points they’ve had, with attempting to get out Grundy due to the disastrous offers they’ve signed. To commit 5 years at $650,000 to a participant like McStay is fraught with hazard.”
King: “What’s the opposite possibility for now? You speak in regards to the 5 years, you’ve nonetheless bought three, 4 years to service whereas these younger our bodies mature into key-position gamers. Henry isn’t going to be a bodily specimen for one more two years.”
Cornes: “Neither is McStay.”
King: “He’s a goal, he’s a contested marker … what’s the opposite possibility for the subsequent two years when you’re on this mode? They’re third on the desk, they’re not far off high. In some unspecified time in the future they’ve to handle this subject, if it’s not McStay, I need (to know) what the opposite possibility is.”
Cornes: “I gave it to you, I’d put money into Henry, who’s not enjoying.”
King: “He’s not prepared.”
Cornes: “However I don’t suppose McStay is a prepared participant. I watch him and I am going 25 minutes and don’t ever see McStay ever pop up on my TV display screen or be concerned within the sport and we’ve seen it time and time once more .. do you retain Jordan De Goey and play him extra as a ahead? Or do you go for a special mannequin in your ahead line? Is it a Cameron Zurhaar? Are there different choices you are able to do? I don’t suppose you simply signal a participant as a result of they’re out there, that is the good contract con I’ve been speaking about — simply because a participant is out of contract, their worth will increase. He’s (McStay) a median footballer, and I don’t say that derogatory, I say that affectionately. It’s nonetheless a very good effort to be a median participant, however he’s not a participant that’s (value) 5 years (at $650,00 per season). I believe there’s different choices.”
King: “So say he’s value $500,000 (per season), however as a result of there’s no draft implications and value. I believe you get that elevated, you must pry them out of the place they’re at. He in all probability will get that on the Lions if he stays, so that you’ve bought to pay the additional to get them. Actually the additional $150,000 is to avoid wasting the draft decide. I believe there’s benefit in what they’re doing.”