It may be a nice place to live and work, but off-contract Gold Coast Sun forward Brandon Matera is expected to bolt to other climes. The Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles are two clubs with keen interest in securing the services of Matera for the 2018 AFL season.
Matera is from Western Australia, so either club would be an opportunity to live closer to home. The Eagles can offer the benefit of a team that has some hopes for the future, and the Dockers could be at least partially resurrected by the presence of Matera, so it would come down to a question of money and contract length.
The Suns would likely demand some draft considerations, as they are bound to pick well up in the upcoming selection and they could use picks from Fremantle, which should have some good ones, and the Eagles to further aid the goal of making the Suns competitive.
West Coast in all probability needs to find a replacement for Mark LeCras, even if he does come back next year and they have seemingly reached the conclusion that Josh Hill is not the answer for a small or mid-sized forward.
Matera was doing good work in 10 appearances in the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership competition, averaging 2.2 goals per game before a foot injury kept him in the casualty ward ever since Round 13.
Fremantle has yet to table an offer to Matera, as they may try to lure Mitch McGovern, who would see his value boosted if his current club, the Adelaide Crows, can win the premiership this season. McGovern is also from Perth, so he might be persuaded to go west for a homecoming.
McGovern’s older brother Jeremy, currently with the Eagles, is out of contract following 2018 and can test the free agency waters and perhaps form a family reunion should Mitch McGovern favour West Coast.