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Young stars happy at current clubs

By John Salvado and Steve Larkin 01/06/2010 03:57:06 PM Comments (0)

Two of the AFL's brightest young stars, Richmond's Dustin Martin and Adelaide's Patrick Dangerfield, have declared they are happy at their current clubs despite the huge money on offer up north.

Martin - who claimed the round 10 Rising Star nomination - has been linked with a reported $2.4 million, three-year offer from Greater Western Sydney, who on Tuesday signed rugby league star Israel Folau to a multi-million dollar contract.

The No.3 draft pick from last year has been a rare shining light for the young Tigers, who celebrated their first win of 2010 against Port Adelaide on Saturday.

"Richmond have given me the opportunity and I'm happy here," Martin told AAP on Tuesday.

"All the (GWS) talk doesn't bother me too much, I don't worry about it.

"I leave that up to (his manager) Ricky Nixon and (Richmond general manager of football) Craig Cameron to sort out.

"I'm just playing footy and they can deal with that."

Martin is in the first year of a two-year deal but preliminary negotiations are understood to already have started with Richmond about a contract extension on much bigger money.

Teammate and Brownlow medallist Ben Cousins has described Martin as the best-developed 18-year-old he has ever seen.

Martin predicted a bright future for the Tigers under new coach Damien Hardwick.

"All the young guys are learning together, getting a lot of game-time together and we're going to turn into a powerhouse together," he said.

Despite receiving a Rising Star nomination for his important role in the 47-point win over Port, Martin is ineligible to win the overall award after pleading guilty to a level one front-on forceful contact report earlier in the season.

Adelaide's 20-year-old Dangerfield is also out of contract at season's end, but has declared his satisfaction with the Crows.

"I certainly have no plans on moving at all," Dangerfield said on Tuesday.

"That will take care of itself at the end of the year.

"The group that we have got here in Adelaide are a great group to be a part of, I totally enjoy the coaches and the work that they do with us.

"The culture we have got at the club is really strong and certainly enjoyable to be a part of, even though we're not playing the sort of footy we would like to at the moment."

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