TALKS STALLED: Lions skipper Tom Rockliff kicks the ball during the Round 11 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and Brisbane at Etihad Stadium.
TALKS STALLED: Lions skipper Tom Rockliff kicks the ball during the Round 11 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and Brisbane at Etihad Stadium. MAL FAIRCLOUGH

Contract talks break down over Rockliff and Mitchell

AFL: The mid-season break is time for players to rest up before the run home.

But it appears it can also be the perfect chance for them to check in with managers on contract negotiations.

While Fremantle disposal king Lachie Neale did finalise a new deal to stay with the Dockers earlier this week, fellow ball magnet and Brisbane skipper Tom Rockliff set tongues wagging by rejecting an offer from the Lions.

Now the management of in-demand Sydney youngster Tom Mitchell has put talks on hold with the Swans.

Mitchell rejected a huge offer from Carlton in 2014 when he wasn’t a part of the Swans’ first-choice senior line-up.

But the young on-baller has played all 13 games this season, averaging 28 disposals alongside Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker and Josh Kennedy.

Swans coach John Longmire was reluctant to get dragged into discussions about Mitchell yesterday.

“It’s not something I get too heavily involved in,” he said. “I’ve got enough concerns.

“He’s a really good player and he’s had a terrific season this year, but the club will work through that with his manager.”

Rockliff had earlier told media “we couldn’t come to an agreement on numbers and years”, in reference to talks with the Lions. It is believed he wants a five-year deal worth $4million.

The 26-year-old, who former Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell believes is worth more around the $550,000-a-season mark, is unlikely to be going anywhere, however.

“I’m the captain of the football club, I’ve been through the hard times and I want to see this through,” he also told media.



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