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Agent can help Pies' contracts

Agent can help Pies' contracts

Wed June 27, 2012 1:27am

Magpies believe Paul Connors and high number of players he has at the club could work in their favour.

AS COLLINGWOOD works to retain several of its key personnel, the Magpies believe leading agent Paul Connors and the high number of players he has at the club could work in their favour.

Connors has nine players in the Magpies' best 22, including the recent acquisitions of emerging midfielder Dayne Beams, a strong chance to claim the Copeland Trophy, and small forward Jarryd Blair.

Connors last week signed Blair, Steele Sidebottom and Luke Ball to new deals and has opened discussions on Beams, who has developed into one of the premier onballers since Ball damaged a knee.

Industry sources believe Beams is earning about $280,000 this season, but his recent form - and potential in the future - means he could command at least $350,000 next season in a possible three-year deal, and more money on the open market.

Since round five, Beams has led the league in disposals, uncontested possessions and handball receives.

But as coach Nathan Buckley pointed out yesterday, the Magpies have little room to manoeuvre under a bulging salary cap next season. The message is clear - players must be realistic in their demands. This is where some believe Connors can help the Magpies - there are few agents who understand the club's financial situation better than him, and the short and long-term benefits of remaining with a powerful club.

Conversely, this also means that if his pay demands for an individual player are too great, it could jeopardise the hopes of another player in his Collingwood stable who could possibly miss out on a fair increase and even be squeezed out altogether.

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