Pies lock in Grundy to lu­cra­tive deal

Mercury (Hobart) - - AFL -

COLLING­WOOD has bowed to Brodie Grundy’s con­tract de­mands, agree­ing to a mega seven-year deal for their prized ruck­man.

Grundy, 25, will earn in the vicin­ity of $1 mil­lion a year which will make him the high­est-paid ruck­man in the his­tory of the game.

Grundy, who was to be a free agent at the end of the 2020 sea­son, is hol­i­day­ing in South Amer­ica. He will re­turn to Aus­tralia next month.

Mi­nor de­tails are still be­ing fi­nalised, but News Corp can re­veal Grundy has agreed to stay a Mag­pie, most likely for his en­tire ca­reer. The bumper seven-year com­mit­ment to Grundy is the first of four ma­jor sign­ings the Mag­pies have to com­plete. For­ward Jor­dan De Goey, de­fender Darcy Moore and skip­per Scott Pendle­bury all have ex­pir­ing con­tracts at the end of the 2020 sea­son.

The three of them will com­mand salaries es­ti­mated to be be­tween $700,000 and $1 mil­lion a year. In re­cent days, the Pies an­nounced the re-sign­ings of veter­ans Travis Var­coe and Ben Reid.

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