Jacob Weitering offered record St Kilda contract to leave Carlton

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Carlton defender Jacob Weitering is expected to turn down a record deal worth $1.5 million per-year from St Kilda

St Kilda has not been shy about its pursuit of elite free agents and trade targets in recent years as the club desperately pushes to take a step towards a premiership.

Speaking on his podcast Tradies co-hosted with Channel 7’s Mitch Cleary, reported Sam McClure revealed the unofficial offer from the Saints, as well as his expectations on what would come of it.

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“Jacob Weitering is set to turn down one of the biggest offers in football history to stay at Carlton,” McClure said.

“That offer, that I am told reliably, is worth $12 million over eight years, is from the club that is sitting on my whiteboard – the SWC (St Kilda ‘Warchest’).

“It’s an amazing play – so he’s out of contract at the end of next year – will be an unrestricted free agent – which is exactly the type of player St Kilda are going after.”

The Saints are heading into a busy 2024 Trade Period with the club also desperate to retain their high-end draft picks.

“They’re adamant that they’re holding onto their first round pick this year, because they know of what’s going to happen in future drafts with Tasmania coming in,” McClure added

“They’re making offers, (Hugh) McCluggage, (Luke) Davies-Uniacke, Andrew Brayshaw – they’re all aware.”

It is understood Carlton are confident they will be able to sign Weitering at Ikon Park before season’s end, as speculation continues to grow over the club’s capacity to keep so many stars on their books.

The salary cap squeeze at Carlton is well documented, with several of Weitering’s current teammates all believed to be in the top echelon of earners across the competition.

However, it has been earmarked before that the core members of the club – many who are also earning the aforementioned top dollar – have made a pact to stay loyal at Ikon Park in order to achieve the ultimate success that eluded the club since 1995.

Weitering has been a crucial cog in the club’s structure since 2016, and is widely regarded as one of the competition’s best defenders; having been picked in the annual All-Australian squad four times across his career.

The 26-year-old key back isn’t the only Carlton player who’s contract is currently under the microscope the club, with reports Jack Martin could play a key role in landing rival Swan Will Hayward.

Weitering is the first of several star players at the Blues run out of contract, while Walsh (2026), Cripps (2027), Curnow (2029), and McKay (2030) are all locked in for multiple years beyond 2024.

The Blues play Hayward’s Swans this Friday night at the SCG, with Sydney looking to keep their buffer at the top of the ladder with another home win.

Originally published as AFL rival’s staggering $12m bid for Carlton defender

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