Jake Stringer is significant to Essendon’s success, however Matthew Lloyd says the membership mustn’t break the financial institution to preserve him.

Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd has urged the membership to “play hardball” when it comes to contract negotiations with star ahead Jake Stringer this yr.

Stringer is on the final yr of a four-year deal signed again in 2017 and is “but to have significant contract talks” with the membership, according to The Age.

The 27-year-old is believed to at present be on a deal of round $500,000 yearly, and Essendon soccer boss Josh Mahoney has admitted that the membership desires to retain the electrical ahead.

Nonetheless, Lloyd urged the membership to not break the financial institution for a participant who’s sensible at his greatest, however stays inconsistent.

“I feel Jake is someplace within the ($500,000 vary),” he advised 9’s Footy Labeled.

“I’d say to Jake, ‘Okay, for those who really feel like you will get extra elsewhere, go and check the market and good luck to you if there’s one other membership there keen to pay extra’.

“I might play hardball with Jake Stringer to be sincere. He is a superb participant, when he is up and about he is a unbelievable participant, however he would not do it persistently sufficient.”

After enduring off-field hassle within the early a part of his profession, Stringer has matured right into a mannequin citizen since arriving at Tullamarine within the 2017 commerce interval.

Stringer himself has spoken candidly about how his life has changed since arriving at Essendon, and ex-Collingwood president Eddie McGuire urged him to proceed his relationship with the membership, even when it meant sacrificing some cash down the street.

“I feel for Jake Stringer, and for the remainder of Jake’s life, I might be advising him to keep an Essendon participant,” he advised Footy Labeled.

“Change into part of an awesome membership which you can return to for the subsequent 50 years of your life and get a standing ovation each time you stroll within the place.”

Stringer has kicked 12 targets in six video games for Essendon thus far in 2021, however is ready to miss the subsequent month of soccer due to a hamstring damage he sustained in Spherical Eight.

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