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In-demand AFL free agent set for huge pay rise as ‘real’ trade rumour heats up


Essendon free agent Mason Redman is the latest South Australian footballer in the mix for a move back to Adelaide.

But 7NEWS Melbourne’s Mitch Cleary reports the 25-year-old’s situation is more real than the usual rumour mill surrounding players linked to their home states.

Redman emerged as a Bombers regular in 2019 and has played consistently strong football over the past two years in particular.

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The defender is, however, yet to commit to the club even without putting pen to paper.

“Mason Redman’s had multiple chances to come out and say it,” Cleary said on the Tradies Podcast.

“But he’s just kicked it down the road.

“He’s said on a few occasions ‘I’m just waiting to see how it plays out, loving my time at the club, we’ll see what happens, putting faith in my manager’.”

Cleary said the topic of Redman’s future was a feature of Gather Round in Adelaide.

“Every second person wanted to know what was going on with his contract,” he said.

Essendon’s Mason Redman is yet to commit to the club. Credit: Getty

Redman last re-signed with Essendon midway through 2021 on a “nice” two-year deal.

“But he’s going to have a big pay rise,” Cleary said.

“I think on the open market Mason Redman is worth between $650,000, $750,000 a year as a free agent.

“And the Crows are monitoring the situation right now, as they do with all South Australians.

“But I think this one is a bit realer than just ‘he’s a South Australian, keep tabs on him’.

“I think there might be a bit to play out there.”

Adelaide lured Jordan Dawson home from Sydney at the end of 2021 on a contract worth around $500,000 per year, with the 26-year-old now captain and starring as a key midfielder.

The Crows also capitalised on Izak Rankine’s desire to return to South Australia last year after three years with Gold Coast.

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Source: 7News