Matt Taberner’s management are not willing to enter contract discussions with Fremantle until the end of Peel’s WAFL season, according to reports.
Taberner’s development has been one of the major talking points surrounding the Dockers, with limited opportunities in the senior team this year being offset by some tremendous form in the final rounds of the home-and-away season.
The 24-year-old finished the season with the best contested mark average in the league and kicked 11 goals in his eight games.
Drafted as a rookie at the end of 2012, Taberner is one of the few key forwards heading into the trade period without a deal for 2018.
Speaking to the AFL website, Taberner’s manager Anthony McConville said he had already been approached by the club regarding a contract extension, but the young forward was not willing to enter talks until after he had played for the Thunder in Sunday week’s WAFL grand final.
“Matt played eight games this year so he needs to sit back and assess his season and what he wants to do going forward,” McConville said.
“Fremantle ideally would like to start talks now, but it will all be done once he completes his season.”
The Dockers have already indicated they will be undergoing another list cull this off-season as part of the club’s ongoing rebuild.