Saints confirm Goddard exit

Sportal October 1, 2012, 5:17 pm
Brendon Goddard

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St Kilda have confirmed that Brendon Goddard will leave the club after choosing not to match Essendon's offer for the veteran Saint.

The Bombers tabled a four-year contract for Goddard on Monday morning, a deal believed to be worth $800,000 per year, giving the Saints 72 hours to decide whether they would match that offer as Goddard is a restricted free agent.

But the Saints have confirmed in a media release they will not go beyond the three-year contract they have previously offered Goddard, with head of football Chris Pelchen saying the club refused to compromise its pay structure even if it meant losing the 205-game veteran.

"We made a significant offer to Brendon that was relative to both his position and other players within the team," said Pelchen in the release.

"While we are disappointed at his decision to leave the Saints, we are absolutely committed to our 'team first' philosophy in relation to player contracts.

St Kilda Football Club thanks Brendon Goddard for his services to the Saints, which was recently acknowledged with life membership at the Trevor Barker Medal function.

"While we were keen to retain Brendon's services, the club respects his right to exercise his options under new free agency rules."

The Bombers, meanwhile, have been quick to welcome Goddard into the fold.

"Essendon Football Club is pleased to confirm that Brendon Goddard has joined the club after he nominated the Bombers as his preferred club as a restricted free agent," said a statement on the club website.

"The midfielder has signed a four-year deal that will see him play for Essendon until the end of season 2016."

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  1. Anthony08:41pm Monday 01st October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    205 games - a life member of the saints - has beaten bomber players behind play - and other teams as well - must not have too much left in the tank - and he wants more than 600k a year for the next four years...... well done essendon - now we are in big #$%$........... he isnt as bad as fevola - but we will pay heavily for this blunder - and we lose a first round pick.--- whoever did the deal needs to be sacked..... I hope it wasnt hird - as i have him in the immortal range and i love the man ... I hope it wasnt him.....

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  2. ronald06:59pm Monday 01st October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Good riddance BJ, never thought you were a team player. A great player yes but not a team man. Was disgusted how you bullied the GWS late in the season and didn't honour your team mates leads. You wanted the glory and I am sure I heard you scream out, "look at me, look at me! The Sydney model is the right model, not show ponies like you. Bye dude.

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