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Buckley issues Grundy contract update amid reports of seven-year agreement


Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says contract talks with Brodie Grundy and his management remain ongoing.

The Herald Sun reported last week that the Magpies bowed to Grundy’s demands by offering the dual All-Australian ruckman a seven-year deal.

Grundy, who is currently overseas, comes out of contract next year and will be eligible for free agency as the Pies look to lock away their star man.

“We’re still in discussions. I think we’ve tabled another offer back to the management,” Buckley told SEN’s Whateley.

“We’ve been confident all along that we’ll come to an agreement that suits both parties and there’s been a bit of give on both sides … pretty confident that it will get done in due course.”

Buckley conceded a seven-year contract wasn’t what Collingwood had in mind when they began negotiations with Grundy and his management.

“It wasn’t our starting position (a seven-year offer),” Buckley said.

“But I think what it provides is a little bit of space for us and Brodie’s management has indicated that they are keener to do this.

“It just allows us to manipulate where the money goes across the seven-year term.”

Grundy, 25, claimed his second Copeland Trophy in 2019 while solidifying his standing as one of the competition’s premier ruckman.

Star teammates Jordan de Goey and Darcy Moore also come out of contract next season.

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