Former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has urged the AFL to contemplate serving to Carlton foot the invoice to maintain Tayla Harris within the AFLW, regardless of the Blues ahead’s lofty asking worth.
McGuire’s feedback come as he additionally reported Harris was as a consequence of return to the boxing ring for the primary time in slightly below two years.
Holding a 7-0-1 boxing profession file, Harris hasn’t stepped into the ring since November 2019 when she beat Janay Harding by way of TKO.
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However talking on Channel 9’s Footy Categorized on Wednesday night time, McGuire reported Harris, 24, was eyeing no less than two boxing occasions, together with a world title bout.
“I can let you know solely tonight that Tayla Harris might be again within the ring on the nineteenth of Might on a Sonny Invoice Williams card and that might be a run spherical earlier than she goes into full coaching,” McGuire advised Footy Categorized.
“My info tonight is that Tayla Harris will combat for the world boxing title in August this yr.”
Harris’ intention to return to the ring comes after it emerged she was in a “pay stoush”, according to the Herald Sun, with the Blues.
The newspaper reported on Tuesday night time that Harris was asking for $150,000 to play in 2022, regardless of a disappointing 2021 marketing campaign that noticed her end simply 4.2 from eight video games and end outdoors the highest 15 of Carlton’s finest and fairest rely. It was reported Harris earned round $80,000 within the AFLW this yr ($25,000 to play footy, as a Tier 2 participant, and the rest from advertising and employment roles on the Blues).
Harris’ supervisor Alex Saundry of More Than Management told the Herald Sun her shopper stays “100 per cent dedicated to Carlton”. Saundry added she was ready for “fairly sturdy dialogue” with the Blues round Harris’ new deal, including: “I believe she’s price a hell of so much, she’s price over six figures to the sport, completely.”
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McGuire stated Harris’ price to the AFL went past her on-field potential, describing her as one of many AFLW’s most marketable gamers.
“What does that imply for soccer? I believe her supervisor is saying: ‘Hey, she’s going to be larger than Christmas and if you need someone this huge in ladies’s’ soccer (you should pay). She will not be kicking seven objectives each week, however she has a statue in Federation Sq., she goes to be a hero to lots of of hundreds of individuals,’” McGuire stated.
“My boxing individuals inform me she‘s probability to win this world title and if she does, she’s off the charts so far as being a superhero in Australia.”
Requested if the AFL may afford to cough up that type of cash to maintain Harris, McGuire stated: “The AFL, not Carlton, wants to have a look at whether or not you want to maintain these individuals within the sport.
“It turns into a advertising train, it‘s acquired nothing to do along with her soccer, it’s a pure advertising train.
“She is an icon already in lots of sides of her life and who she is and the best way she performs the sport.
“Is she price $150,000 to play footy? No. Is she price it for the sport itself and what she‘s going to carry to the desk? I believe she’s a famous person – and I believe the AFL have to have a look at that.”