AN INCREDIBLE six-year, $8 million offer is on the table for GWS star Dylan Shiel.
But he’s likely to take a deal worth almost half a million less per season.
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RIDICULOUSLY GIANT SHIEL DEAL MAY NOT BE ENOUGH
GREATER Western Sydney star Dylan Shiel has a massive six-year deal worth over $8 million on the table from St Kilda, reports Damian Barrett.
But even that offer which would put him in the top five highest-paid players in the AFL may not stop him from accepting a deal from Hawthorn worth potentially half a million dollars less per year.
“Of the four Melbourne clubs Dylan Shiel is now engaging with, the biggest offer … is from St Kilda,” Barrett told The Trade Table.
“It’s at a rate of more than $8 million over a six-year offer. It’s clearly the biggest financial offer that he’s got.
“But I still believe that when this is all played out that it’ll be Hawthorn’s offer that’s the best straight football case that he answers.”
The Hawks’ offer would be closer to the $800,000 to $900,000 mark, Barrett said.
Carlton and Essendon are the other two clubs in the running. It was previously reported that the Blues had made the biggest offer for Shiel, putting over a million dollars a season on the table.
Shiel is contracted for next season but Barrett said he would be “staggered” if the midfielder was to stay at GWS.
“I’d be staggered if he’s going through the rigmarole of this, of shopping himself around, engaging in serious conversations with clubs, if the end result is for him to stay with the Giants.”
If Shiel was to accept St Kilda’s offer, he would join the likes of Dustin Martin and Jeremy McGovern as footy’s highest paid players.
“$1.3 million over the six years, if that’s smoothed out, in five years’ time that’s not going to look too silly,” Barrett said.
Any potential suitor will still need to trade for Shiel, and St Kilda’s Pick 4 “puts them in prime position” according to Matthew Lloyd, with Carlton focused on selecting Sam Walsh with its Pick 1.