Category: AFL

Travis Cloke Switches Over To Connors Sports Management

Collingwood forward Travis Cloke has made a management change. The 28 year old has signed a representation agreement with Connors Sports Management (CSM), having previously been managed by Ralph Carr at RCM Sport. It is unknown who his primary agent is at CSM, or when the move occurred.

Travis is currently in the 3rd year of a 5 year deal with Collingwood, with reports estimating his annual salary to be approximately $750,000-$800,000. However, the 5th year of his contract will only be exercised if specific clauses are met. Unless a buyout occurred, RCM Sport will still receive the commissions on this contract. Being relatively injury-free, it is not out of the question that Cloke could play on after this contract.

image: Herald Sun
image: Herald Sun

This is the first time a player has moved between the two agencies, but there has been a switch before – an agent. Robbie D’Orazio started his AFL agent career at RCM Sport, but moved over to CSM in 2013.

Melbourne based firm CSM has 3 accredited AFL agents in their company, managing high profile clients including Luke Hodge, Patrick Dangerfield and the recently retired Chris Judd.

This move certainly comes as a blow to RCM Sport, with their list of current AFL players dwindling down to just 5, most notably including Richmond forward Dustin Martin.


AFL Agent Marty Pask Exits Essentially, Creates i50 Sports

i50_logoWhile many people were nursing their hangovers on New Year’s Day, AFL agent Marty Pask took to Twitter for a special announcement. He has left Essentially to start up his own management company, i50 Sports. Fellow Essentially agent Matt Kearsley will also be moving there.

With both Marty and Matt leaving Essentially, it appears that their AFL division will wind up, as they were the only two accredited AFL agents at the firm. The division represented a host of AFL players, including Brian Lake, Michael Barlow and Dyson Heppell. All of these athletes will now move over to i50. On top of managing AFL athletes, the company will also operate in the fields of sponsorship consulting and sports marketing services.

The split from Essentially looks to be quite clean, which is rare when an agent leaves to form their own venture.

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Phoenix Lands No.1 Pick, But Elite Sports Properties Wins The 2014 AFL Draft

espThe AFL Draft was held last night on the Gold Coast, and the players weren’t the only ones whose hard work paid off. Behind the scenes, agents were working around the clock to ensure their clients would get the opportunity to make it on the big stage.

Landing at the number 1 for St. Kilda was Paddy McCartin, who is managed by Phoenix Management Group. This is Phoenix’s first no.1 draft pick. The company is relatively new in terms of representation, having formed from Ricky Nixon’s former agency Flying Start.

Stride Sports Management had the most number of picks in the top 10 with three selections. These were Angus Brayshaw (3), Caleb Marchbank (6) and Nakia Cockatoo (10) respectfully.

The real question is which agency did the best overall in the draft? To determine this I gave each selection a point for their position. There were 87 draft slots last night. Starting with the no.1 pick gaining 87 points, The numbers decreased by 1 per pick, till pick 87 who received 1 point.

Based on this method, Elite Sports Properties were the clear winners with 627 points. Their first selection came in at no.5 with Daniel De Gooey heading to Collingwood. They also had another 5 picks in the top 30, with 11 total players being selected in the draft. This should come as no surprise. The multi-sport agency has the largest number of AFL players on their books, with 6 certified agents to service them.

The aforementioned Stride came in 2nd place, with 550 points and a total of 9 selections. Last year’s winners, Connors Sports Management, placed 3rd with a total of 429 points.

Below is a table of the top agencies and how they all fared:

Agency Points No. of Draftees
Elite Sports Properties 627 11
Stride Sports Management 550 9
Connors Sports Management 429 9
McDonald Sports 406 8
Phoenix Management Group 282 6
Players Ink 238 4
Mac’s Sports 216 3
Velocity 197 5
Essentially 75 2
Precision Sports 73 1

Liam Pickering Exits Strategic Management, Sets Up Precision

While details are still relatively unknown, it can be confirmed that AFL Accredited Agents Liam Pickering and James Pitcher have both left Strategic Management.

According the AFL Players Association’s Accredited Agent list, both Liam and James have started a new agency, titled Precision Sports and Entertainment Group. This leaves Ed Lower and Kam Simsek as the two remaining AFL agents at Strategic. However, it is understood that Lower has departed the company.

311012033521_afl_logoNews of a split began in March, when the Herald Sun reported that Pickering was set to move from the company. Liam denied any rift at the time. “At the moment, it’s business as normal. As you do in business, myself and my business partner have normal discussions. We are all good.” he told the paper.

It is unsure whether the new agency will take Strategic’s clients. Under AFL agent rules, a player must give three months notice before signing with a new agency. It is likely that Precision would have negotiated a fee to take the players over. With that being said, it is unsure whether Strategic will stay in the AFL representation business with Simsek at the helm. The company also boasts clients in a range of sports including football, boxing and golf. It would appear the representation arm of the company will remain strong. Their list of clients includes Gary Ablett Jr., Lance Franklin and Scott Pendlebury.

Pickering and Pitcher began representing clients for IMG, with both eventually making their way over to Strategic. Pickering joined in 2012 after a year out of the game due to a non-compete clause from IMG.

As previously mentioned, not much is known of the new venture, with the company only listing a contact address and number on the AFL Players’ website. Both are still listed as employees on the Strategic website, indicating the split just happened.

Brisbane Lions Re-sign Jack Redden

AFL 2014 Portraits - Brisbane LionsBrisbane midfielder Jack Redden has re-signed with the club for a further two years, keeping him with the club till the end of the 2016 season. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

The 23 year-old joins Sam Mayes in re-signing with the club.

“There was never a doubt in my mind that I would remain a Lion. I have been at the Club for six years now and I am really excited about the direction we are heading. Leppa has brought fresh eyes to the Club, and I am relishing the opportunity to learn under him.”

The 2008 2nd round draft pick has played 98 games for the club, kicking 44 goals.

*Jack Redden is managed by Elite Sports Properties*

(H/T Brisbane Lions)

DSEG Worldwide Signs Alastair Clarkson

Clarkson-420x0Following his amicable split from Liam Pickering and Strategic last week, Hawthorn Football Club coach Alastair Clarkson has signed with DSEG for representation.

Clarkson’s coaching  deal with Hawthorn expires at the end of the 2014 season. Pickering was in negotiations with Hawthorn for an extension of his contract, believed to be in the vicinity of $1 million per season. It is likely that DSEG will now step in for negotiations.

DSEG Worldwide have made a splash in the talent representation field in recent years, boasting a list of clients in the fields of Cricket, Motorsport and On Air Talent. These include Francesca Cumani, Ricky Ponting and George Bailey.

Clarkson will be managed by James Henderson.

Montagna and Riewoldt Ink New Deals At St. Kilda

616819-leigh-montagnaFinally some good news for St. Kilda with what has been a tumultuous couple of months for the club. Captain Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna have re-signed on multi-year deals. Riewoldt will remain at the club till the end of the 2015 season, while Montagna has signed till the end of 2016. It is highly likely that both players will retire after their respective contracts.

The news will come as a relief to St. Kilda fans who have seen their club go through a tough period recently. The club lost one of their favorite sons in Nick Dal Santo to free agency, traded away their starting ruckman and fired their coach Scott Watters.

It appears that the club are in a re-building phase, with these two looking to provide experience and leadership to a relatively young list of players.

As with most AFL contracts, financial terms are not disclosed, though it is likely that the players will be receiving in the vicinity of $400k-$500k per season. Nick Riewoldt famously took a $500,000 pay cut for the 2013 season.

Nick Riewoldt is managed by Stride Sports Management, while Leigh Montagna is managed by Elite Sports Properties