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Kerr keen to resolve new AFL contract

By Justin Chadwick 25/09/2008 05:47:15 PM Comments (0)

As speculation continues over where Daniel Kerr will be playing AFL in 2009, the man himself has declared he expects a decision to be made within the next week.

And he hopes that decision will involve a new contract with West Coast.

Sydney are the latest club to be thrown into the mix for Kerr's services, with reports suggesting the Swans are willing to offer the premiership midfielder a five-year contract.

West Coast's demands for two first round draft picks in exchange for Kerr has reportedly soured the interest from Collingwood and Carlton, but St Kilda and Port Adelaide are still believed to be keen to offer the gun onballer a contract.

The Eagles have publicly stated they are reluctant to offer Kerr, who is contracted to the club until the end of 2009, anything more than a three-year extension.

West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett met with Kerr's manager Colin Young to sound out where both parties stood.

Kerr, who only this week arrived back in Perth after a week-long holiday in Bali, says he wants to remain an Eagle for life and is holding out for a long-term deal.

"I would imagine we would be getting it done in the next week or so and hopefully we can come out and say it is all over and I am going to stay with the Eagles and finish my career here," Kerr told 6PR radio on Wednesday night.

"I would have liked to have sorted it out during the year and in my perfect world I would like to see out my career as an Eagle and that is why I am seeking a longer contract.

"I don't want to have to think about contracts for the rest of my career."

Meanwhile, former Eagles champion Ben Cousins has been approached to play for West Coast again - in a charity match to pay tribute to the late Chris Mainwaring.

Cousins, who was deregistered by the AFL last year as a result of his drug addiction, was a good friend of Mainwaring and one of the last people to see the premiership wingman alive on the night he died of a suspected heart attack.

An all-star Eagles line up, including former stars Peter Sumich, Peter Matera, Brett Heady, Glen Jakovich, Phil Matera, Adrian Barich and current coach John Worsfold would be pitted against a Fremantle outfit containing recently retired Docker Shaun McManus, Stephen O'Reilly and Brad Wirra.

All proceeds for the October 5 clash at Subiaco Oval would go to Telethon.

Cousins, who requires AFL permission to resume his glittering 238-game career, has been strongly linked with a move to Collingwood.

But Kerr would love to see his premiership teammate back at the Eagles.

"He's a great player and we've got such a young midfield. What he could teach in a football sense would be unbelievable," Kerr said.

"I think he'd be a good edition to any team.

"He started with Mick (former Eagles and now Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse) and to finish with Mick would be a nice, romantic story."

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