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Connors: I “don’t know” if ban will impact Gaff’s contract


Andrew Gaff’s manager, Paul Connors, says he isn’t thinking about his client’s future in the wake of his eight-game suspension.

Gaff is out of contract at the end of the season, with up to six Melbourne clubs linked to the 26-year-old.

However, Connors says he isn’t sure if the ban will influence Gaff’s decision.


“I just don’t know,” he told SEN Breakfast.

“It is certainly not a topic I’ve even gone close to after the last 48 hours and it probably won't be for another week.

“I’ll let the dust settle, and if he wants to bring it up with me, I will.

“I think West Coast would respect Andrew’s welfare as the most important thing at the moment.

“Just let him spend some time with his family and come to grips with what he faces over the next couple of months.”

Connors also gave Gaff’s character a ringing endorsement, explaining the remorse the Eagle currently holds.

“He is at home now, he will stay for a few days and head back,” Connors said.

“I love the idea that Hamish Brayshaw will hopefully connect both Andrew and Andrew.

“For them, hopefully they can move forward. I think it will be a nice time to heal.

“Andrew Gaff is an outstanding person who made a terrible mistake.

“Hopefully it won’t define him. I’ve been in the game a long time and he is one of the most calm and really gentle, beautiful people I know.

“That’s made it even harder for everyone concerned.

“His (Gaff’s) pain is the suffering he has caused Andrew.

“That’s genuine and heartfelt. I spent a lot of time yesterday, I drove him and his family home, and it was a very quiet, sombre drive home. I promise you, there wasn’t much talking.”

Listen to Paul Connors’ chat with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson on SEN Breakfast in the player below

Paul Connors Andrew GAFF West Coast Eagles SEN Breakfast

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