Posted: 27 September, 2012 by Triple M Footy

Collingwood Re-signs Cloke For Five Years

Travis Cloke re-signs with with Collingwood for 5 years ending months of speculation.

Tags: Collingwood, Magpies, Travis Cloke, Harry O’Brien

Collingwood has confirmed star forward Travis Cloke has re-signed with the Pies for another five years.

The deal keeps Cloke, who finished the season in good form, at the club until the end of 2016.

Cloke's signature ends months of speculation, with reports Fremantle was prepared to offer the spearhead $1 million a season and new Carlton coach, Mick Malthouse, recently declaring he would 'absolutely' go after the spearhead if he wanted to leave the Pies.

There has been much conjecture over Cloke's future this year, with the player hell-bent on securing a five-year deal with Collingwood trying to tie him to four years. However, it appears the player and his management team have been successful with their negotiations.

Triple M Footy's Wayne Carey, one of the game's greatest ever forwards, told club President Eddie McGuire recently the Pies should let him go earlier this year if Cloke held them to ransom over the length of the deal.

Cloke's future has also been the subject of mirth, with The Hot Breakfast's Mick Molloy winding co-host McGuire up all year over the speculation.

But through it all, McGuire always maintained Cloke would stay with Collingwood.

In other great news for Collingwood, Magpies defender Harry O'Brien has re-committed to the club for another two years.

UPDATE: The AFL Free Agency List

Here are some quotes from Triple M Footy stories over the period of speculation:

2 May 2012

"He is our most in-form player and, in that respect, not a player we can afford to lose," Dane Swan said.

10 July 2012

"If we can get to a position were everyone's happy, always a bit of give and take, we'll get this knocked over," Eddie McGuire said.

26 July 2012

"Collingwood must be so frustrated. I know they're going with the line that this is best for Travis and the footy club, that's rubbish," Wayne Carey said on Triple M Melbourne's The Hot Breakfast.

"I just think on form alone, one he's not worth a million dollars and on his current form why would you give him a five year deal."

22 Aug 2012

"There's no pressure on Clokey. His father and his management, we'll speak to them at the end of the season, we've had enough negotiations," Eddie McGuire said.

12 Sept 2012

"So I'm sure you'll get the deal done and I really mean that and I've said that before over the last two weeks," Sticks Kernahan said.

10 July 2012

"If we can get to a position were everyone's happy, always a bit of give and take, we'll get this knocked over," Eddie McGuire said.

Collingwood Media Statement:

Collingwood Football Club is pleased to announce the re-signing of two senior players, Travis Cloke and Harry O'Brien. Cloke has agreed to a five year deal and O’Brien a two year arrangement.

Premiership players both, their commitment enables Collingwood to head into the 2013 campaign with its list all but settled.

Cloke, 25, seems certain to finish his career in black and white. His new deal, which includes a conditional fifth year, will carry the centre-half forward through to the end of the 2017 season.

Cloke played all 25 games of Collingwood's season in 2012, for a career total of 174 across eight years. He has led the club’s goal-kicking for the last two seasons, with returns of 69 and 59 goals, and has been the best contested mark in the game over that period.

Collingwood director of football, Geoff Walsh, said that retaining a player of Cloke's ability and proven durability had been a priority.

"It's obviously a long commitment from both parties which, from our point of view, reflects the regard we hold Travis in and our faith in his ability to play good football for a long time to come," Walsh said.

"I think it's also a reflection of Travis' regard for Collingwood. He said all along that he wanted to stay at the Westpac Centre and clearly he's prepared to make Collingwood his football home for many years."

"Although the negotiations have been protracted all parties - Collingwood Football Club, Ralph Carr of RCM Sport, David Cloke and the Cloke family - have always been working towards the common goal of Travis remaining a Collingwood player. The final year is not unencumbered. There are conditions that will remain a matter for Collingwood and Travis but clearly both parties are comfortable with them."

O'Brien, 25, has played 159 matches across eight seasons with Collingwood, where he began as a rookie in 2005.

Like Cloke, a member of the 2010 premiership team, O'Brien has distinguished himself as an attacking back flanker. He won All-Australian honours in Collingwood's flag-winning year and now seems certain to become a 10 year player for the Magpies at the least.

Tags: Collingwood, Magpies, Travis Cloke, Harry O’Brien

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