AFL news 2021: Josh Kelly trade, GWS Giants, North Melbourne, million dollar deal, trade whispers
GWS Giants star Josh Kelly has reportedly presented a multi-million dollar bid from North Melbourne, in AFL’s latest commercial whispers.
North Melbourne has reportedly offered GWS Giants star Josh Kelly a massive $ 8.8million contract to join the struggling Kangaroos from next year.
The midfielder’s contract with the Giants ends at the end of the season, but Kelly has an unusual clause in his contract that could trigger an eight-year extension with GWS that would allow him to be a Giant for life.
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Speaking on the Triple M Footy podcast, AFL reporter Tom Browne said North Melbourne was trying to poach Kelly on an eight-year contract worth $ 1.1 million per season.
“I’m told over and over again that North has offered $ 1.1 million over eight years if Josh Kelly is to come to North Melbourne,” Browne said.
“Now the second question is whether the Giants want to keep Josh Kelly, because remember Kelly plays for the Giants and they can basically keep him. “He has an option in his favor but I think Kelly would rather stay with the Giants at this point.
“He’s not against going to North Melbourne. He obviously has huge family ties there and he could return to Victoria.
“But I think the Giants at this point are pretty keen on keeping Kelly.
“So just watch this space. Either way, Kelly is going to make a lot of money and it looks like it will take over a million dollars a year to get Josh Kelly out of this Giants option.
Kelly started the season badly by her standards and played mostly in the front row.
But the 2017 All Australian has returned to some of his best form since Giants coach Leon Cameron brought him back to midfield a few months ago.
“He’s worth it right now, he’s in good shape. When he got injured last year he looked a little slower, but he’s just quick on his feet right now and playing really good football, ”said Browne.
Last year, GWS confirmed that the 26-year-old signed a two-year extension that tied him to the club until at least the end of 2021.
But several reports at the time suggested the contract had unprecedented flexibility from an AFL player’s perspective with triggers that could tie him to the Giants for life at its discretion.
Several reports in the past have suggested that Kelly has the option of triggering a clause to extend his contract, worth around $ 1 million per season, for an additional eight years.
But if that clause is not triggered, the 26-year-old would be available in free agency at the end of next season.
Kelly in 2017 was heavily courted by North Melbourne – the club her father Phil played 61 games for in the early 1980s – before eventually re-enlisting with the Giants.