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Cale Hooker Essendon contract, Adam Cerra Richmond, Carlton, Rory Lobb

An Essendon veteran has a battle on his hands to prolong his career at the club.

Plus, the Fremantle coach provides updates on two players linked to rival teams.

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NO ‘CERTAINTY’ FOR THE VETERAN

Essendon veteran Cale Hooker has a fight on his hands to extend his career at Tullamarine beyond 2021.

After starting the year in the best form of his career, scoring 21 goals in his first seven games, including two goals in five and four matches, the all-team Australian has managed just 11 professional tournaments in The last 10 matches.

Hooker, who turns 33 in October, has also acted as a valuable mentor to emerging key striker Harry Jones, while also playing alongside the now-discarded Peter Wright on the Gold Coast.

Despite leading the club’s goalscoring list alongside Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti with 32 goals, the 218 player is far from guaranteed a new contract for next season and looks set to play for his career. in the last five rounds.

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“Perhaps it’s still uncertain, but there’s certainly been good conversation and good dialogue with Cale throughout the year because I’ve met a lot of players,” said Essendon coach Ben Rutten.

“I think Cale is playing a really important role for us throughout this season. It’s a big decision for both sides to be able to move on and we’ll make sure we do what’s best for him and the famous club.

“We definitely have conversations all the time about it and about how Cale is going and where we are going as a club so communication happens all the time.

“We probably won’t come to an exact conclusion right now but that will resolve itself as the season goes on.”

COACH UPDATE ON DOCKERS DUO

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir was less clear about where out-of-contract youngster Adam Cerra will play foot in 2022.

The former No 5 draft player, who is from Melbourne, is said to be considering a move back home and is being linked with Richmond.

“He is still weighing his decision,” Longmuir told SEN.

“He is a young man who likes to think about these decisions and give himself time to make the right decisions.

“These are big decisions about his future, so we respect that. Obviously there’s a point where we’re going to need some clarity on what he’s thinking and what he’s going to do.

Adam Cerra of Dockers. Photo: Daniel PockettSource: Getty Images

“But in the meantime, we’ll just give him some space and allow him to make the career-changing decision I suppose.”

Meanwhile, Longmuir insists key striker Rory Lobb is “an important part of our genuine club”, amid speculation the Gold Coast wants to buy back his services during the period. trade this year.

“It’s obviously disappointing (for the reports) to be out there,” Longmuir said.

“Rory has two years left on his contract… we will work with him as best we can to make sure he feels like a valuable part of our famous club and that is probably where I think.

“He’s a wanted player and that’s where I like it.”

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