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McCreery’s two-year extension on his initial two-season deal was done over summer but is yet to be announced.The second-year forward had kicked three goals in his two games this year but impressed teammates with 11 tackles in that fortnight as a No.44 draft pick.Stream every match of every round of the 2022 Toyota AFL Premiership Season Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >The Pies are still working on extensions for his fellow 2020 draftees including Ollie Henry, Fin Macrae and this week’s first-gamer Reef McInness.Darcy Moore is closing in on a new long-term deal to give up his free agency while Jordan De Goey’s manager Ryan Vague told the Herald Sun last month he was keen to stay but the Pies might have to match rival deals of up to $900,000 given his brilliant start to the season.Saints in move to keep key tallContract talks for St Kilda ruckman Rowan Marshall will heat up in the early part of the season with the 26-year-old keen to remain at Linton Street.Marshall’s foot problems last year dulled his effectiveness so both parties have had preliminary talks but nothing meaningful so far.The bullocking ruck-forward remains critical to the club’s fortunes given Paddy Ryder is likely in his final season but wants to remain as a one-club player.Swans step up talks to stay in premiership windowSydney’s Oliver Florent will ignore Melbourne offers and remain in the Harbour City if handed a fair contract after early talks in recent weeks.Florent remains incredibly close to his Melbourne family after father Andrew passed away in 2016 but wants to build something special with the young Sydney midfield.Exciting midfielder Justin McInerney isn’t far off securing a new two-season extension with the Swans, who have Jake Lloyd and Harry Cunningham out of contract.Lance Franklin will play on barring a serious injury next year and is willing to take a pay cut, with Sydney having a raft of stars out of contract next year including Tom McCartin, Tom Hickey, Tom Papley, Chad Warner, Callum Mills, Dane Rampe.Paddy McCartin is on a one-year rookie deal, with 2022 rookies paid $85,000 plus match payments.Green content to stay put despite interest southGreater Western Sydney emerging star Tom Green is happy at the Giants despite massive Victorian interest from clubs including Richmond, with the inside mid only just starting a two-season deal. He signed a two-year extension to his mandatory initial two-season contract before he played his first game, with that deal kicking in this season and paying him up to $450,000 in his third and fourth years.Grandfather Michael is a four-time Tigers premiership player and Richmond has the inclination to go after a ready-made mid at season’s end.But while Green will be in no hurry to extend his deal past 2023 he is enjoying his time in Sydney after a brilliant start to his 2022 campaign.Tigers to welcome back the biggest giant of allRichmond will soon welcome 213cm ruckman Mate Colina back to the club after a stint playing basketball for the University of Hawaii.The cousin of Noah Balta would be the tallest AFL player of all time if he made his debut, having been secured by the Tigers as a Category B rookie in late 2020.He spent valuable time with the Tigers in their hub last year, priming him for the levels of fitness he will need at AFL level, before returning to finish his college basketball career.The Tigers have Ivan Soldo and Toby Nankervis and in January tucked away 204cm ruckman Samson Ryan until 2024 given rival interest so Colina will have time to develop behind that trio.

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