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Heppel’s deal for 2023 and beyond ‘is nowhere near his interest’
Essendon boss Dyson Heppell has only a “50-50” chance of staying at the club until 2023, according to AFL journalist Damian Barrett.
Barrett told Triple M Radio that Heppell was offered a one-year deal as he was weak.
“It’s amazing. “He was in good shape,” Barrett said.
He has stayed with Essendon through all the difficulties they have faced. And it is well equipped to do so beyond the drugs saga.
“There is an offer for him to play as a Bomber in 2023. But he’s not what I’m told, for those who like him.
“What we have established now is the interest of other clubs.
“There is an opportunity as we speak with four games to go this season. I’d say it’s a 50-50 chance they’ll explore options outside of Essendon unless they upgrade their offer.
Interviewer Leigh Montagna said Heppell, who is out of contract at the end of this season, is now in the category of winning loyalty or a career extension with his new contract.
“Maybe if he wants to extend his career for two or three years,” he said of Triple M.
It will be a situation where they are about 30: “Okay, good clubs now (saying) we will not give you a lot of money and a lot of contracts because we have other things that we need. Playing.”
It’s up to the player to stay at one club, be loyal and maybe even become a fringe player.
If Wayne Carey Heppell decides to leave Essendon, North Melbourne should be the first club to come calling.
“He is a quality person; I think he is a quality player. I still think he’s in their top 22,” Carey said.
“If I was North Melbourne, he’s the one I’d go and find just because of the person and leadership he brings to that footy club. I think it will be a good find.
“I know you’ve been thinking about a Luke Hodge style player and have you been there? I think it fits half that bill for North Melbourne.
Heppel has played 209 games for the club since his debut in 2011.
The 30-year-old was snapped up by the Bombers with pick 8 in the 2010 draft.
Essendon coach Ben Rutton has previously said he wants Heppell to play at the club in 2023.
Is FYFE worth its weight in gold?
2022 Nat Fyfe is sidelined with injuries after suffering shoulder, knee and back injuries.
Fremantle have been restricted to just six games this year as they push into the top four.
The two-time Brownlow Medalist has endured injury-interrupted campaigns in five of his last seven seasons, and is now out of the Dockers’ line-up with a muscle strain.
With a year still to run on his maximum contract worth an estimated $1.3 million, Dockers great Paul Hasleby questions whether Fremantle is really getting their money’s worth.
“Now he’s injured again; two things will happen from here – the Dockers continue their up-and-down form… or the second thing that could happen is Fremantle is fine without him, like the first 12 weeks of the season,” he said on SEN WA.
“And then you have this huge elephant in the room that keeps growing.
Justin Longmuir has a big decision to make – will he stick with what’s best for him or take the risk and bring Fife back to that team?
“I was always a Fyfe fan to stay here.
“On the back of that hamstring injury, you’ve got a shoulder, he’s had back surgery – that’s something Nathan Fyfe has to deal with.
“Because you’ve been going so well with him on the outside, you look your way out.
“You’re looking at your biggest cost in any business. The Dockers’ biggest spend is Nathan Fyfe. The biggest one is under contract.
“Do you believe he will return to that value as a player now?
“I don’t think he’ll go back to playing like that because I don’t see him going back to midfield full time.
“He can play in the forward line but I don’t think he’s as impactful as a midfielder.
But he could still be very good for Fremantle if his body allows him.
Hasleby has urged Fyfe to consider the potential losses to the club if he continues to command such a large fee.
“When you have players like Rory Lobb who could leave the club, Griffin Logue… then you start to see that Nathan Fyfe commercial potential,” he said.
Fyfe has consistently been one of Fremantle’s best players since making his debut in 2010.
The boy from Grays Lake claimed two Brownlows in 2015 and 2019, is a three-time All-Australian and three-time club best and fairest.
But young Fremantle brigade Andy Bryshaw, Caleb Serong and Will Broady have been given options in the midfield and are set to play a more forward role in 2022.
Last season, former Eagles-now AFL commentator Andrew Embley came under fire for suggesting the Dockers trade Fyfe.
“If he continues, he’s still got good money. “He’s still probably the best player in the game,” he said at the time.
“There needs to be a discussion around it.”
WHY THE ADELAIDE RANKINE DEAL DOESN’T WORK
Gold Coast Suns coach Stuart Dew is confident forward Isaac Rankin will stay with the club despite offers from rival clubs.
The Bombers have reportedly made a “mammoth” offer for the 22-year-old to head to Victoria.
According to Sam McClure, Essendon’s deal was worth around $800,000 per season – but something the Bombers denied.
South Australian football journalist Michael Angelo Rucci said he could not see how the Crows could lure Rankin back home to Adelaide.
“The crowd is the real point – who can be reached and who wants to come to Adelaide,” he said on SEN SA.
“I wouldn’t put more than $700,000 on the table and more than three years (for Rankin).
“And I’m not sure it’s going to do the job.”
Should Rankine turn his back on SA’s return and Victoria’s interest, the deal would be another major coup for Dew in the Sun and the team.
Resigned forward Ben King and utility Jack Lukosius.