In-demand West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern is definitely worth the reported five-year, $4 million offer handed to him by the Eagles says Tim Gossage.
The 25-year-old is a restricted free agent at season’s end and is generating interest from a host of clubs, with West Coast’s cross-town rivals Fremantle believed to be very keen on the dual All-Australian.
Gossage says West Coast’s bold offer to retain McGovern is absolutely the right decision.
“When he is at his best, absolutely,” SEN’s Western Australian correspondent told SEN Afternoons.
“When he is not there, they are a different side down back…He is versatile, he can go forward.” Gossage believes that the Dockers have their work cut out for them if they are any hope to lure McGovern away from the Eagles.
“He’s an Eagles man,” he said.
“I’ve been in his company where he has spoken about Fremantle and I think he is an Eagle through and through.”
The commentator also continues to hold firm that Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui is behind in his long recovery from an ACL tear sustained late in the 2016 season, stating that the 27-year-old suffered a setback in his recovery 12 weeks ago despite reports to the contrary from the club.
“He’s not doing a lot,” said Gossage.
“They’ll come out and tell you he’s doing exactly what they’re asking. I’m not convinced he is anywhere near where he should be.”
He believes Naitanui is critically important to West Coast’s hopes of success this year.
“He changes the direction of the game at every contest,” said Gossage.
“We know that he doesn’t mark the ball like everyone says he should, he doesn’t get many possessions, he doesn’t know how to bounce the ball and he is not a great kick on the run. I understand all his flaws, but in ruck contests, which are key, he gets the ball going West Coast’s way 90 per cent of the time. If that’s not happening, they are on the back foot.
“Luke Shuey and Andrew Gaff, when Nic Naitanui is in the team, find a lot more of the footy in free space. It’s much easier to organise.
“He’s key to West Coast winning and losing.”
West Coast kick off their 2018 season against Sydney on Sunday March 25.
Tim Gossage joins SEN Afternoons throughout 2018
Originally published on sen.com.au