Brodie Grundy will remain in Collingwood colours for the foreseeable future after signing a contract extension with the Magpies.
One of the highest-profile players set to hit free agency at the end of the 2020 season, Grundy ended any speculation he might leave the club by confirming he’s staying at the Pies on Friday morning.
Love this club. Love this group. Magpie Army, I’ve signed on.???????? pic.twitter.com/pIby9jFkCq
— Brodie Grundy (@brodiegrundy) January 16, 2020
While there had been murmurings that the All Australian ruckman may have been on the move home to Adelaide for the 2021 season, news broke late last year that the Magpies had relented to Grundy’s preferred contract length of seven years.
That’s now been officially confirmed, with the deal, believed to be worth around $1 million per year, to keep the 25-year-old at the club until the end of the 2027 season.
“Clearly, at this age and point in my career, it was an important decision,” Grundy said.
“I took my time to consider all of the things that mean the most to me – my football, my ambitions, my life beyond the game, my family, friends, team-mates and the football club – and settled on what I believe is best for all of those relationships, needs and passions.
“I want to be able to find the very best version of myself, as a person and a footballer, but I also want to contribute to the greater good, to the whole. I know that, in a football sense at least, what ‘Bucks’ and the group are creating is a cause worth continuing to invest in passionately.
“There is so much more to come, personally and collectively.”
Collingwood list manager Ned Guy said Grundy’s age, as well as his obvious quality on the field, was a big reason behind the extension.
“Brodie is clearly a very, very good footballer who is important to Collingwood’s future.
“Brodie is physical in the way he plays the game. He prepares exceptionally well which explains, in part, his durability. He wants to lead, wants to improve, wants to set an example and dominate. He is rarely content with his game.
“We love the fact that he sees so much scope for improvement and is determined to be as good as he can possibly be even though, at 25 years of age, he is already an influential player on the field and, increasingly, in the change room.
“If you look at Brodie’s performances, he is on an upswing. It will be fascinating, and a joy, to see Brodie’s future unfold.”
After making his debut in 2013, Grundy has developed into arguably the top ruckman in the AFL, earning All Australian selection and winning the Magpies’ best and fairest the last two years.
Although the Collingwood star has shunned free agency, there are still a number of high-profile players off contract at the end of the season, including GWS forward Jeremy Cameron and Essendon counterpart Joe Daniher.
MORE TO COME…