It’s been the story that won’t go away – whether Travis Cloke will remain with Collingwood or chase the money on offer at other clubs.
Cloke himself has said he wants to remain with the Magpies, but wants a five-year deal, and more money than Collingwood might be willing to pay.
The rumour mill has been in full force throughout the year, and a new rumour would suggest the Demons are ready to offer him a seven-year deal.
Cloke’s form would suggest that he’s not worth the money, and Collingwood should let him walk since they have an array of other talent that has yet to sign. Harry O’Brien and Tyson Goldsack have both come out and said they’d play for less to stay at the club
Collingwood are close to re-signing Dayne Beams for the next three seasons, but doubt still remains over the future of Ben Reid. With the current issues regarding Cloke, there may be complications with Reid’s contract, who has been reported to be in the sights of Sydney and GWS.
The Monday after the club’s second shock loss to Carlton, Collingwood officials and the Cloke clan met for a talk which reportedly went well, however not well enough to see him bounce back to form.
Collingwood has been finding goals throughout the season from unusual sources, one of which is Tyson Goldsack, who has so far kicked a career-high 18 goals this season. The Pies have also looked to Chris Tarrant to move, who managed two goals against Geelong in his first game back from injury.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has said that Travis Cloke needs to lift now, and there is no better chance to cement his status in the competition than at the MCG against a Franklin-less Hawthorn.
As far as Cloke’s worth goes, he certainly doesn’t justify more than $750k per season on current form. That sum for four years should be more than adequate for Cloke, with an option to sign for a 5th year in the middle of his fourth season.
However, in the unlikely scenario that Travis Cloke does leave, Collingwood would likely find an adequate replacement with the offer of whatever compensation is handed to them due to the new free agency scheme.