Jack Martin has nominated terms for a long-term, big-money contract, terms that are likely to knock other suitors out of the race and land him at Carlton next year.
The out-of-contract Gold Coast player has demanded a five-year deal – on more than $1 million next year – from any club that is to select him in the draft.
Martin lodged the contract terms on Monday morning with the AFL – the last day players had to put themselves up for the draft and nominate their contract requirements, if they had any.
It was open to Martin to nominate for the national draft but he has only put himself in for the pre-season draft.
Martin sought a trade to Carlton, but a deal was unable to be secured during the trade period. The Blues have pick three in the pre-season draft, so Martin has to get past the Gold Coast Suns and Melbourne in order to land at Princes Park.
The Suns have threatened to re-draft Martin, but the terms he has placed on himself in the draft now make that highly unlikely.
The Demons are understood to have been unable to meet with Martin and it would be unlikely they would secure a player on such terms without having met with him beforehand. They have also previously indicated they would not be interested in recruiting a player that did not want to be at the club.
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