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What would it take to prise Luke Jackson out of Melbourne?

Former Adelaide and Geelong forward Josh Jenkins has outlined the enormous figure he expects clubs will need to pay Luke Jackson if they are to entice the young ruckman away from Melbourne.

Jackson was taken at Pick 3 in the talented 2019 National Draft, justifying the selection with a strong body of work over the past 12 months, including his dominant Grand Final performance.

However, the Western Australian product is unsigned beyond 2022 and Fremantle have already signalled their interest in the exciting prospect.

With Jackson’s huge upside, Jenkins believes only a mammoth deal is appropriate, adding he doesn’t believe it would come back to bite a club.

“To get Luke Jackson, I said on SEN’s Crunch Time (on Sunday) you’d need to offer him eight years at $10 million,” he told SEN’s The Run Home.

“Now, I need to reassess, I need to up it to $12 million for eight years.

“Let’s work our way through it, it sounds like a lot.

“I don’t know the percentage, but it would be an incredibly low number of players who suffer multiple long-term injures and or career-ending injuries.

“So you can basically say that’s a very, very tiny percentage of players.”

In justifying the high price tag, Jenkins believes the potential increase of the players’ collective bargaining agreement (CBA) in the coming years will ensure both parties win.

The game is still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the $233.9 million paid out to players in 2021 similar to the 2017 figures of $231.3 million.

It falls lower than the 2019’s figures of $242.3 million which remains an all-time high, but with the current CBA expiring in 2022, Jenkins can foresee an imminent rise in player wages.

All things considered, he believes the figure of $1.2 million per season for Jackson could be “unders” in several years’ time.

“In five or six years, can you not foresee the salary cap exploding and just continuing to go north, as it has over the past for the last five, six, seven, eight years of my career,” Jenkins continued.

“So my point is, in six years Luke Jackson’s $1.2 or $1.3 million a year might actually be very, very reasonable, if not unders, if he continues to be the player that I certainly think he can become.

“I’ve seen enough. I haven’t seen a ruckman of his athleticism ever.”

Retiring AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has recently confirmed a deal had been agreed upon for a profits sharing scheme with players from non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

It’s understood Jackson is happy at Melbourne where he serves as a protégé to captain Max Gawn, the duo combining as the most dominant ruck combination in the AFL.

Listen to the full interview with Josh Jenkins below




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