Daniel Rioli has made a key call on his contract situation. Plus a key stipulation has delayed the finalisation of new deals for Essendon’s exciting trio.

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RIOLI PARKS CONTRACT TALKS

Richmond defender Daniel Rioli has held off contract talks with the club until later in the season, reports AFL Media’s Callum Twomey.

The forward-turned-half back penned a one-year extension with the club last year following an indifferent 2021 season.

But he’s been effective in his new sweeping role this year, averaging 18 disposals and 6.7 marks through three contests.

Rioli has enjoyed a strong start to the year off half back (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

A three-time premiership player, the 24-year old was taken by Richmond with Pick 15 in the 2015 AFL draft.

He’s eligible to enter free agency at the end of the 2023.

“I think Daniel‘s having a great year and Daniel wants to address it later in the year. I’m thrilled with how he’s going,” Carr told AFL.com.au.

Fellow Tigers Jack Riewoldt, Jack Ross, Jake Aarts, Jayden Short, Josh Caddy, Kane Lambert, Liam Baker, Marlion Pickett, Nathan Broad, Shane Edwards, Sydney Stack and Trent Cotchin also come out of contract at the end of 2022.

KEY FACTOR HOLDING UP YOUNG DONS STARS’ DEALS

The length of contract extensions for young Essendon trio Nik Cox, Archie Perkins and Zach Reid is what’s holding up the finalisation of their new deals, according to SEN’s Sam Edmund.

Taken with picks 8, 9 and 10 respectively in the 2020 AFL draft, Cox, Perkins and Reid remain the only top 10 selections without a deal beyond their standard two-year rookie contracts.

Edmund reports there’s no haggling over money or any serious threat to the trio wanting out from Essendon, but a reluctance of their management teams to take longer deals given their likely improvement.

Essendon’s 2020 draft top 10 picks Zach Reid, Archie Perkins and Nik Cox (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

All three players recently turned 20 years old and shape as a key part of the Bombers’ future, joining the club in the same off-season that Joe Daniher, Adam Saad and Orazio Fantasia departed as it ushered in a new era under Ben Rutten.

Several other Bombers are without deals beyond 2022 including Aaron Francis, Andy McGrath, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Brayden Ham, Dyson Heppell, James Stewart, Jayden Laverde, Kyle Langford, Matt Guelfi, Michael Hurley and Nick Hind.

The report also states Essendon is in “positive talks” with McGrath on a new deal as the club looks to lock away the former Pick 1.



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