Posted: 2 October, 2012 by Triple M Footy

Essendon Denies Wrongdoing Over Brendon Goddard's Toll Job Offer

Essendon says reports suggesting former Essendon Chairman Ray Horsburgh would give Brendon Goddard a job at transport and logistics Toll having any impact on the ex-Saint signing with the Bombers are 'factually incorrect'.

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Essendon says reports suggesting former Essendon Chairman Ray Horsburgh would give Brendon Goddard a job at transport and logistics Toll having any impact on the ex-Saint signing with the Bombers are 'factually incorrect'.

Horsburgh is chairman of Toll, and the Herald Sun reports that he confirmed the job offer.

Goddard joined the Bombers on a four-year deal on Monday on a four-year deal financially superior to St Kilda's three-year offer.

Under AFL free-agency rules third-party deals cannot be offered to help lure a player to a new club.

The Bombers have released a statement to refute the suggestions they have done anything wrong.

"At no stage has the Club received or discussed any employment matter with Brendon other than his playing contract with the Club," said the club.

"The suggestion that a third party or related party deal has been tabled to help secure Brendan is factually incorrect."

"The Club has never and will never publicly disclose contractual and employment arrangements for its players and staff and refutes the unsubstantiated comments made today as they are categorically false."

St Kilda coach Scott Watters has defended his club not matching Essendon's offer, say Goddard's form hasn't been great and he is leaving purely for financial reasons.

OCTOBER 1: St Kilda has confirmed Brendon Goddard has accepted an offer from Essendon Football Club as a restricted free agent and will be departing the Saints.

"We made a significant offer to Brendon that was relative to both his position and other players within the team. While we are disappointed at his decision to leave the Saints, we are absolutely committed to our 'team first' philosophy in relation to player contracts," St Kilda's Chris Pelchen said.

"While we were keen to retain Brendon's services, the Club respects his right to exercise his options under new free agency rules."

Essendon said in a statement on Monday Goddard "has signed a four-year deal that will see him play for Essendon until the end of season 2016".

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