A PERTH radio station DJ has claimed Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe has agreed a multi-million dollar deal to play with St Kilda from next AFL season.
The Dockers have declined to comment on the veracity of the claim, attributed to a loose-lipped Saints board member.
But Fyfe’s management, Stride Sports Management, said the report was completely false.
Fyfe has made it clear that he won’t address his contract status until the second half of the season and will deal with Fremantle first before potentially testing the market.
“Stride Sports Management can 100 per cent deny the rumour circulating today that Nat Fyfe has formally or informally agreed to a contract to play with the St Kilda Football Club next year and beyond,” a statement said.
“Furthermore, we can confirm that Nat Fyfe remains focused on the start of the season with the Fremantle Football Club and remains committed to the Fremantle Football Club in 2017.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage the football public to check the credibility of their news and the person behind it.”
Under AFL rules, clubs can’t make offers to free agents until the official free agency period starts in October.
But Brad Fitzgerald, co-host of the ‘Carmen & Fitzi’ program on WA-based radio station 96FM, said he had a “massive scoop” on the future of the 2015 Brownlow medallist.
“The offer is worth $1.5 million a season and it is – as far as legally wise – it’s virtually accepted,” he said on Monday morning.
“He can’t sign yet but it’s basically a done deal and he is going to St Kilda.”
Fitzgerald said he had been told the news by a Saints executive.
“I can’t name names but this has come from a high-ranking board member of St Kilda,” he said.