The great Garry Lyon of Melbourne was stunned by the pay package requested by a young Demonic attacker.
Sam Weideman is without a contract at the end of 2019 and, after 24 career games, has shot 21 goals. Top is seen as the long-term substitute for the now-deceased Jesse Hogan.
But while he starred during the two Demons victories in 2018, Lyon believes Weideman is "too far away" from the $ 650,000 a year his management team is asking.
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"$ 650,000 a year? Call up, "said Lyon SEN Breakfast.
"He's a super talented guy and kids of that size have an early lead on some of the other players, but he's a long way off."
Lyon believes that Weideman could receive a contract with incentives that would allow it to reach that kind of value, which would be well above the AFL average.
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But he likened the big man to Brody Mihocek of Collingwood, who has scored 32 goals in his 20 career games since his debut in the middle of last season – although Mihocek is 26 years old.
"Brody Mihocek is ahead of Sam Weideman as a football player and would get $ 210,000," Lyon said.
"You encourage it on whatever it is, and if you play consistently at that level, you'll earn $ 700,000."