Category: Agency Moves

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.

Follow i50 on Twitter here

 

BREAKING: Genie Bouchard Signs With IMG

opIn a move that has been rumoured for quite some time, Canadian tennis star Genie Bouchard has signed with IMG. She was previously represented by Lagardère.

Genie’s representation contract with Lagardere had expired a couple a months back and she had decided not to renew. Bouchard had been represented by Lagardère since she was 13.

The 20 year-old lit up the tennis world in 2014 by making the Wimbledon final as well as the semi finals of both the Australian and French Opens.

Her current endorsement portfolio consists of Nike, Babolat, food manufacturer Pinty’s, Coke and Rogers. Bouchard’s Nike deal is due to expire at the end of this year, and the sportswear company has already made a substantial multi-year offer for her signature. She has been touted as one of the most exciting players on the tour, and many suggest that her endorsement portfolio could potentially rival Maria Sharapova.

Genie’s lead agent will be Jill Smoller, who also represents Serena Williams. Brad Slater will also assist in her management. She has also signed with IMG Models, and is looking to enhance her standing in the fashion industry.

Genie joins a host of star tennis signings to join the ranks of IMG this year, which includes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova

UPDATED: IMG, Bernard Tomic Mutually End Agreement

image: smh.com.au
image: smh.com.au

Updated: IMG and Bernard Tomic have mutually agreed to end their representation agreement. 

According to a tweet from IMG Tennis (below), it appears there is no bad blood between the two parties.

 

Previously:
IMG has decided to end their representation agreement with Bernard Tomic. The Australian tennis player had been on their books since he was 13. The company saw a bright future in Tomic at that time, signing him to a six-figure marketing guarantee. The agreement had been due to expire soon, however IMG decided to part ways earlier.

As a junior, Tomic was touted as the next big thing in Australian tennis, winning the Australian Open junior tournament at just 15. He turned pro at the same age, and until Nick Krygio’s run at Wimbledon, was the youngest highest ranked player on the the ATP Tour. He is currently ranked 124.

It is understood that Tomic’s off-field behaviour was behind the split. He has had minor indiscretions, which were largely traffic offences . His father has also been in the spotlight, with Tomic Sr. being suspended for a lengthy period from tournaments.

The 21- year old currently has endorsement deals with Nike and Head. It is unknown whether he will seek representation from another agency.

 

Casey Dellacqua Signs With Sam Maxwell Sports

(image: caseydellacqua.com.au)
(image: caseydellacqua.com.au)

World number 36 Casey Dellacqua has signed with Sam Maxwell Sports Management. She was previously represented by Tennis Australia.

The Australian tennis player has hit a hot run of form of late, with the 29 year old achieving her highest ranking to date. She is also an accomplished doubles player, reaching three Grand Slam finals in 2013.

Casey currently lists Head, retailer Target, Holden City Motors and Cystic Fibrosis Australia as sponsors.

Sam Maxwell Sports is a boutique agency based in Perth, Australia. The company represents athletes in a range of sports including Athletics, Cricket and Cycling. Casey is the second tennis player on their roster, with the company also representing Matthew Ebden.

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.