Huge Melbourne package for Mitch Clark
Melbourne Demons have dropped an AFL trade week bombshell with a massive contract offer to Mitchell Clark in a bid to snare the potential power forward.
Clark will get a lucrative financial package to switch to the Demons after it had been widely expected the big forward and back-up ruckman would head home to Western Australia to play with Fremantle.
Melbourne’s package is believed to be a multi-million dollar deal over four years for Clark.
The Demons are desperate to add forward line fireppower to join rising young stars Jack Watts, Jeremy Howe and Liam Jurrah.
Just this month the Demons failed with a massive cash offer in attempts to win the services of Collingwood premiership big forward Chris Dawes.
As frantic bargaining raged between Melbourne and Fremantle with Brisbane for the final deal, Clark is understood to have remained committed to play with the Dockers from next year.
His Demons deal is understood to be significantly higher than what Clark will make in any move to Fremantle, or even West Coast who also made a late bid for the former Brisbane star.
Clark, 24 next week, could head to the Demons after it had raged through AFL circles for months that he would likely return west to continue his career at Fremantle.
Demons management launched their covert bid late on Wednesday to trump Fremantle from winning the former Lions big man just as Clark was poised to sign a deal to resume his career with the Dockers.
The 82-game versatile utility has been strategically targeted by Fremantle as a crucial link in Dockers premiership planning over the next two to three seasons as champion play-makers Aaron Sandilands and Matthew Pavlich end their decorated careers.
Melbourne is also poised to make a more attractive trade package offer to Brisbane.
The deal includes Melbourne’s first round national draft selection at number 12, as well as part of the Demons compensation picks they received in the controversial loss of brilliant second-year sensation Tom Scully to new club Greater Western Sydney.
Fremantle is only willing to part with pick 16, their first selection in this year’s national draft.
The Dockers are understood to considering offering the Lions pick number 20 as well after securing the selection from Greater Western Sydney in the Giants dealing with St Kilda for previously AFL club listed players.
Fremantle could also need to offer an existing player in their deal to win the highly valued Clark as a possible match-winning key forward.