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Eagles star Kerr to become a Saint?

By Justin Chadwick 08/09/2008 11:25:24 AM Comments (0)

Speculation about where Daniel Kerr's future lies has been rife all season but now fans have the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is.

A new market has opened about where the star Eagles onballer will be playing his football in 2009, with St Kilda the early favourite to snare his services.

St Kilda are rated a $2.75 chance by Sportingbet Australia while Collingwood are a close second at $3.50.

West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett said recently it would take the "deal of a lifetime" for Kerr to be playing elsewhere in 2009 but the talk around town is that Kerr wants out, with the Eagles placed at just a $5 chance to retain their star onballer.

Carlton, who snared Kerr's good friend and former Eagles skipper Chris Judd last year, round out the top four at $8, while Essendon ($9) is next in line.

Sportingbet Australia chief executive Michael Sullivan said the Saints were favourites because they were in premiership mode and would have plenty of room in their salary cap following the departures of Fraser Gehrig and Robert Harvey.

"It has been suggested that Kerr would like to experience playing for a Victorian club and avoid the rebuilding process taking place at West Coast," Sullivan said.

"The Saints will be premiership contenders over the next few years and with Robert Harvey and Fraser Gehrig coming off the books after this season, St Kilda will have salary cap space for Kerr, should he fly out of WA.

"St Kilda would need to acquire higher draft picks and give up young talent to make this deal happen.

"Collingwood are always mentioned when a big name player is available and we consider them to be the biggest threat to St Kilda getting Kerr."

Geelong, who already possess the most potent midfield in the league and are well on their way to back-to-back premierships, are the longest odds at $41.

West Coast's cross-town rivals, Fremantle, are a $15 chance.

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