Gold Coast Suns chairman Tony Cochrane has gone after Hawthorn saying they aren’t offering enough to get a deal done for Jaeger O'Meara.
In the extraordinary interview with Matthew Lloyd and Wayne Schwass on NAB AFL Trade Radio, Cochrane says the Hawks have picked an “appalling year” to challenge the Suns.
“He is a quality player. He has had some injury problems but they are not part of this equation because we put a significant offer on the table to retain this young man because he’s a quality bloke, as well a quality footballer,” Cochrane said this morning.
“From our point of view, we expect to be properly compensated and so far we haven’t been so we move on.”
“The one thing about me, I am incredibly consistent and I am a man of my word. I have said from day one, we thought about it a lot before we issued a statement as a club, that if we weren’t properly compensated here then we would send this young bloke off to the draft,” Cochrane said.
“It’s a time when we have to stand up and say ‘Look we’re prepared to put the time, the effort, the money, the energy into these young blokes’ but we can’t afford the moment that they get out of their contracts they all want to hoof off back to Melbourne or Adelaide or Perth. I mean all we’re going to to is be a training ground.”
“Unfortunately for Hawthorn they picked an appalling year to challenge us with someone like O’Meara”
“We are really overloaded with great draft picks this year so if we are ever going to make a stand this was a great year in that regard.”
Cochrane went on to criticise Hawthorn - if they continue to refuse to bring any more to the table.
“If they were to walk away here, what a disgraceful way to treat Jaeger O’Meara. They have promised this bloke the world but they’re going to hand him an atlas,” he said.
“They have talked the big game here, and they have talked it up publicly for 6 or so weeks.”
LISTEN TO THE EXTRAORDINARY INTERVIEW HERE: