Collingwood legend Peter Daicos has insisted son Nick’s pending bumper contract extension will not be worth $1 million per season.
AFL journalist Damian Barrett reported on Channel Nine this week Daicos, currently contracted until the end of 2025, was set to become the “highest paid 21-year-old player” in the game’s history, with an extension until the end of 2029.
Daicos’ existing deal until the end of 2025 could also be reworked and effectively made into a lucrative six-year deal as reward for the Brownlow Medal favourite’s stellar second senior season.
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Key to the deal could be the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is being finalised and will provide clubs with a better indication on their salary cap space from 2026 onwards.
Peter Daicos confirmed Nick’s management and Collingwood were close to reaching an agreement on the 20-year-old’s future.
“I know they’re talking and Robbie D’Orazio is the boys’ (Nick and Josh) manager and he’s doing a great job,” Daicos told SEN Breakfast.
“All we know is I think it’s close and there’s a few little things to tie up but I’ll be honest, I don’t get into it with the boys, I leave it with the manager. They will come to me and talk about it … but it’s heading that way and we’re really pleased.
“ I think these long-term deals aren’t coming as easy these days, and when the club has enough confidence to put something on the table along those lines, then you know the makeup of in this case the boys is a bit bigger than just what they’re doing on the field and that’s really important.
“The club wants to keep them around and we’re really pleased that’s happening.”
Despite a considerable payday looming for Daicos, Peter insisted “it’s not $1 million”.
“Exactly (how much) I’m not going to go into, but having said that, I don’t know where it’ll sit and clearly the CBA and there’s a few things to come into place,” he said.
“All I’ll say is he’s going to be way better off than where it probably was going to sit originally and again, it’s great that the club has seen fit to reward both boys that way.”
Collingwood is also believed to be nearing an extension for Nick’s older brother Josh, who is enjoying a career-best season on a wing for the Pies.
Josh is contracted until the end of 2024, but is similarly set for a long-term contract extension, albeit not on the same money as his younger brother.
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