Geelong gives Jeremy Cameron immense long-term capital
Geelong gave GWS forward Jeremy Cameron a five-year contract worth $950,000 a season, making him and Patrick Dangerfield the Cats' top-paid players.
The contract dwarfs the $750,000 a season for five years that the Giants promised to retain the 2019 Coleman Medallist at the club he 's played since their 2012 inaugural season.
The deal includes a sixth season clause if Cameron plays enough in his fifth year.
If it goes in, Coleman Medallist Tom Hawkins in the Geelong forward line will partner 2020 as the 2020 grand finalists aim for a stronger next season.
GWS will match the Cats' bid to retain the 27-year-old, but if they don't earn the AFL Draft pick 12 later this year.
Cameron suffered a lean 2020 campaign and kicked only 24 goals out of 17 games, but if he hits his 2019 form (76 goals in 24 games) then incentives could drive the Geelong contract over $1 million per season.
The Cats signed on Friday Hawthorn wingman Isaac Smith, hoping to add North Melbourne midfielder Shaun Higgins by the end of the trading time.
Meanwhile, for a much-needed fresh start with the Brisbane Lions, Joe Daniher broke his silence to finish his family run at Essendon.
The 26-year-old joined the Queensland club as a restricted free agent on Friday after the Bombers accepted AFL's No.7 draft pick as compensation.
The move comes a year later than expected after last year's Sydney Swans aborted trade.
Daniher earlier tried a move to his father's first team, but nominated the Lions when he was out of contract after the conclusion of the 2020 season.
He had initially selected Essendon over Sydney as a father-son prospect, being the sixth Daniher to feature for the Bombers at his 2013 debut.
Daniher followed the footsteps of father Anthony, Darcy's older brother, and uncles Chris, Neale, and Terry, who kicked it all off 42 years ago with his 1978 debut.
"The opportunity to play for Essendon is what I dreamed about and aspired to grow up," said Joe Daniher, referring to the family legacy.
"I made lifetime friendships and it helped mold me as a human.
"I am still thankful and look forward to seeing them progress under Truck (Senior Coach Ben Rutten)."
Daniher played 108 Essendon games, kicked 191 goals.
Yet in the last three years he 's made just 15 appearances despite well-publicized struggles with groin injuries.