Pav’s home deal looks good for Dockers
Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich has signed a two-year sponsorship deal with a WA-based company in the strongest indication yet that he will play out his career at the club.
The deal is a clear sign Pavlich, whose contract with the Dockers expires at the end of the season, is strengthening his already strong business and personal ties to WA.
Industry sources say Pavlich could earn up to $100,000 a year under the deal to become the face of Homeloans Ltd.
The payment is separate from the $1 million he is expected to receive under his next playing contract and will not be included in the salary cap because the Dockers weren’t part of the negotiations.
Pavlich will appear in commercials and attend company events. Homeloans’ board of directors are from Perth and the company has been attempting to increase its profile locally and has been linked to naming rights sponsorship at Subiaco Oval.
“This is a great coup,” Homeloans national marketing manager Will Keall said. “It’s a perfect fit for the Homeloans brand, and we are delighted to form this association with Matthew, who has proven to be a genuine all-round champion.”
Pavlich is part-owner of the Seaview Hotel, makes regular appearances on Channel 9 news and his fiancee Lauren is from WA.
Adelaide and Port Adelaide are expected to attempt to lure Pavlich back to his home State.
The Crows will have plenty of room in their salary cap because veterans Simon Goodwin, Tyson Edwards and Brett Burton won’t play in 2011.
Port Adelaide’s caretaker coach Matthew Primus has put his players on notice in what looms as a big cull of older players.
Fremantle declined to comment on Pavlich yesterday but club insiders are thrilled with the deal. His manager, Dan Richardson, was unavailable.
Pavlich has been guarded about his future, refusing to disclose if and when he would re-sign with the Dockers.
He has remained loyal to Fremantle even when the club was struggling and is now poised to lead the Dockers into a successful era.
The 28-year-old has a club record five best and fairests, is a six-times All-Australian and six-times leading goal kicker with 407 goals.
Pavlich will overtake former captain Shaun McManus in second position on the club’s game tally board this week when he plays his 229th match. He could equal Shane Parker’s record 238 games if he plays out the home-and-away season plus three finals.