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Collingwood has reportedly offered Brisbane’s Dan McStay a five-year deal worth nearly $3 million.

The Age reports that the Magpies are first in the race to snare McStay’s signature for 2023 and beyond.

The Lions have reportedly increased their offer from a three-year contract to a five-year deal at nearly $500,000 a year.

McStay, a free agent, has yet to appeal his future and a potential return to Victoria.

It’s no secret that Collingwood were looking for a key striker to play alongside the club’s top goal-kicker for the past three seasons, Brody Mihocek.

Mihocek, 29, is playing in a solo attacking role as the only major target to score more than 20 goals a year since 2019.

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Already in 2022, Mihocek is leading the way for the Magpies with 26 goals, with Jack Ginnivan second on 22 and youngster Oliver Henry sitting on 18 for the year.

But the McStay deal could hinge on what Jordan de Goey chooses to do with his future.

If de Goey chooses to leave the Magpies when he comes out of contract at the end of the season, The Age reports Collingwood’s compensation choice kicks in – and opens up the possibility of a trade for McStay instead.

The Lions have previously expressed confidence that McStay will want to stay in Queensland.

“We would like to think he would stay and we will still have good times in the next two years,” CEO Greg Swann told SEN last month.

“He has a few properties here, his partner is a local girl… the discussions are quite fruitful. Hopefully we can get Dan to stay – he’s a good player.


It has been reported that young Luke Jackson will take some time off to decide his future – whether he sits with the reigning premiers in Melbourne or at home in WA.

Jackson returned home for the mid-season break, but has yet to announce any contract news.

“Melbourne are agitating for an answer from Luke Jackson on his playing future,” SEN’s Sam Edmund reported.

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“After a weekend off weighing his playing future, Jackson has yet to decide where he wants to play.

“Melbourne have always been confident, but now they want some sort of sign here from their player. As it is, it’s not coming.

“So they wait, and they wait nervously as the second half of the year rolls on.”

Club chief executive Alan Richardson said he was still confident Jackson would stay in Melbourne.

“We’ll give ‘Jacko’ as much time as he needs. He is a young man. We are working on that with his manager. We think he’s going to be a Melbourne player for a long time so we’re reasonably comfortable with where that sits,” he said on SEN.

“Of course we would prefer to have it done and dusted off given the stage of the year, but we are comfortable with the situation.

“Really important, from the start we told Jacko and his TLA leadership group that we would give them all the time they need and that’s how it goes.”

Richardson’s comments come just a week after reports of an extraordinary seven-year, $10.5 million bid from Fremantle were quickly dismissed.

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But he conceded rival clubs would be interested.

“I would be amazed if there weren’t. They would not do their job. A young man with his talent, we have no doubt it would happen, but as I said, we are quite comfortable with the situation on our side,” he said.

When asked directly why he remained confident Jackson would stay, Richardson said it was a “reflective of the conversations” the club had had with the 20-year-old.

Fremantle manager Justin Longmuir declined to comment on his club’s interest in Jackson when asked on Wednesday.

“It’s not my job to talk about this stuff publicly, and I’ve probably done it in the past with players and regretted it straight away,” he said.

“If the shoe was on the other foot, I wouldn’t want opposition coaches talking about my players that way. It’s not really for me to comment publicly.

“I’m involved in the roster management committee and I constantly talk about our players and the players around the competition, as all coaches and roster management committees would.”

Jackson is expected to ask for around $800,000 a year with his next contract.

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