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Kerr ready to tie contract to behaviour

By Justin Chadwick 17/07/2008 07:41:27 PM Comments (0)

West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr says he is willing to have a no pay, no play-type clause placed in his next AFL contract in a bid to rid himself of his undisciplined ways.

Kerr's three match suspension for whacking Richmond's Matt White over the head last Sunday took his career suspensions to 11 games, including six this season.

But Kerr said despite his unflattering record he would be more than willing to sign a contract that would penalise him in the hip pocket for any on-field misdemeanours.

"I would be happy to," Kerr told 6PR.

"I don't intend to get reported. If I do get reported I should be punished for not filling out my full duties as a footballer.

"So I would agree in a future contract if they wanted to put that clause in. I would have no problems."

Kerr, who has been linked to a move east despite being contracted to the Eagles until the end of 2009, again pledged his allegiance to West Coast.

"I have explained my position a hundred times; they (reporters) are not tapping my phones (so) how would they know what me and my manager talk about?" Kerr said.

"The reason they keep bringing it up is because people keep on talking about it.

"They are driving me mad because I keep having to talk to Juddy (Carlton player Chris Judd) and tell him I am not coming over.

"I am contracted for another year, my family is here, all my teammates, I won the premiership, (I am with) my best mates - I could not imagine why I would move."

But Kerr did admit he needed to take the aggression out of his game - even if it had an adverse impact on his form.

"I am going to have to take the 1980s style out of my game and live in the 21st century," Kerr said.

"I have to take the mindset of taking a step back and it could be detrimental to my football in some ways.

"In '06 when we were flying we could have afforded to have a player or two out but when you are struggling you really can't afford it."

Meanwhile, West Coast confirmed defenders Brett Jones and Adam Hunter would undergo season-ending surgery next week.

Hunter requires both a shoulder reconstruction and knee surgery, while Jones will go under the knife to fix an ongoing knee complaint, which has restricted his movement in recent weeks.

Jones' injury is so serious that he won't be able to run for four months after the operation.

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