McGovern brothers won't 'try to manipulate' AFL contracts

Justin Chadwick

West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern hopes Scott Lycett and Andrew Gaff will re-sign with the AFL club, but he doesn't think there's much chance his brother will join them.

McGovern says he felt the pressure lift off his shoulders after signing a five-year contract extension with West Coast on Monday.

The deal is believed to be worth about $1.2 million a season, but McGovern could have earned more had he signed with cross-town rivals Fremantle or taken up a big-money offer in Melbourne.

Lycett and Gaff will become restricted free agents at the end of the season and the Eagles face a fight to retain the key duo.

Unlike McGovern, Lycett (South Australia) and Gaff (Victoria) aren't West Australian, meaning the lure of family ties could convince them to leave the Eagles.

There are rumours that McGovern's younger brother, Mitch McGovern, is considering leaving the Adelaide Crows.

Mitch is contracted with Adelaide until the end of 2020, but it remains to be seen whether he sees out that deal.

Will Mitch continue to wear an Adelaide guernsey in 2019? Pic: Getty

But Jeremy doesn't think Mitch will leave the Crows early.

"Everyone's carrying on that he doesn't like it over there," McGovern said.

"He hasn't said anything to me about leaving or disliking the club. I don't know where it's come from. Obviously someone started something.

"He hasn't been too homesick. He's fit in pretty well over there in Adelaide and he's pretty happy over there. I don't see why he'd leave."

The brothers would love to play together one day.

But Jeremy doesn't think it will be in AFL ranks.

"I don't know if it's going to be possible," McGovern said.

"We're not going to try to manipulate anything or try to get to the same club or anything like that.

"If it happens, it happens, and it would be awesome. But post footy, we can always go back down to Albany and kick the footy down there together."

Jeremy will be wearing royal blue and yellow for a while yet. Pic: Getty

McGovern said he never seriously considered joining the Dockers, stating his preference was always to stay at West Coast.

He hopes Lycett and Gaff will follow suit, but he also understands the temptation of "life-changing contracts".

"They're pretty crucial. I'd love to have them, they're two good mates of mine," McGovern said.

"But I'm not putting any extra pressure on them.

"I was lucky enough I had my family here. So that might be a big pull for them (wanting to return to family). But I'd like to think they've got a new family over here in us."

Second-placed West Coast (13-4) will be back in action on Sunday when they take on North Melbourne at Blundstone Arena.