Wednesday, 15 June 2005

You're All Winners

Provisionally anyway... Pending a pen/paper contract signing interface,

MELBOURNE captain David Neitz and star forward Adem Yze appear certain to finish their careers with the Demons after they agreed, in principle, to take a pay cut to stay.

Neitz, who had surgery yesterday on a depressed fracture of his cheekbone, will shortly re-sign for two years, while the in-form Yze is close to agreeing to a three-year deal.

In addition, the new management of last year's All-Australian ruckman Jeff White has started contract negotiations with Melbourne.

All three Melbourne best-and-fairest winners are out of contract at the end of the season.

Demons list manager Craig Cameron said yesterday all three had indicated they were prepared to stay at the club, which is rebuilding well off the field in its second year of receiving special financial assistance from the AFL.

The willingness of the players to stay together for less reward is being viewed by the Demons as a sign of solidarity on the eve of one of their most important games of the season, against leaders West Coast at the MCG on Saturday.

No Steven Powell "run for the bank whilst clutching a giant cheque" moments this season then.

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