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O'Keefe decision expected by the weekend

By Adrian Warren 03/10/2008 07:59:33 PM Comments (0)

Out-of-contract Sydney AFL forward Ryan O'Keefe will reveal his intentions by the end of this weekend.

The All-Australian half forward met with Sydney coach Paul Roos, who described their discussions as amicable.

With trade week looming next week, Roos said a decision needed to be made pretty quickly and the club had reiterated their desire to retain O'Keefe.

He said the Swans' three-year offer to the in-demand All-Australian remained on the table and the club was not considering an increase.

A host of Melbourne-based clubs are chasing the highly-talented 27-year-old, with Carlton, Collingwood, Hawthorn, Essendon and the Western Bulldogs all believed to be interested.

O'Keefe offered no clue about his preferred club for next season as he entered the Swans' best and fairest dinner in Sydney but revealed his decision was imminent.

"It's getting sorted," O'Keefe said.

"By the weekend, I will know."

Roos said "a few clubs" had already informally checked with Sydney about O'Keefe.

Asked about Sydney's latest offer to O'Keefe, Roos said: "It's been ratified by the board and taken through the appropriate channels.

"That's on the table and we're hoping he accepts it."

Roos said the meeting was a chance to catch up with O'Keefe, who has recently linked with manager Tom Petroro.

"I understand players' point of view in terms of a contract, but what we basically said was at some point you are going to have to make a decision because if you do want to leave, I'm sure he doesn't want to go through the pre-season draft.

"So it's in his best interest and obviously the club's best interest to get a decision as soon as we can."

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