Gun West Coast duo in line for massive AFL contracts

Rising West Coast young star Elliot Yeo has hit pay dirt with his finest-ever season and first Eagles club champion victory.

West Coast heavyweights are also poised for critical discussions with superstar Jeremy McGovern ahead of the dual All-n getting into free agency territory next year.

After a stellar 2017, Yeo could almost double his salary with a new contract he will be offered before the end of next season.

The 24-year-old will jump to around $800,000 a season with any new deal on the back of the best personal season of his 107-game career, which launched six years ago when drafted to Brisbane.

Yeo and McGovern are expected to be offered long-term deals, for as much as five seasons.

Attempts to secure early signatures from the key duo are also to stifle anticipated attempts from stanch rivals Fremantle to lure the young guns across town.

Dockers recruiting staff made bold and comprehensive efforts to win McGovern’s young brother Mitch back home to continue his career with Fremantle.

But he opted to take a three-year contract and remain at Adelaide after 2017, turning his back on a lucrative multi-million-dollar Dockers deal.

Discussions with Yeo and McGovern so far are only preliminary but tipped to escalate significantly over summer and early next year.

Eagles’ management is believed to be determined to sign their young guns and future leaders to new agreements to avoid season-long uncertainty on their futures, similar to what GWS endured this year with star follower Josh Kelly.

Yeo won his first Eagles fairest-and-best award last Friday, narrowly ahead of the brilliant McGovern.

Yeo and McGovern are tipped to be among the highest echelon of Eagles earners behind returning ruckman Nic Naitanui, the first-ever $1 million-a-season contract player at the club.

Yeo moved to West Coast four seasons back after two years and 27 games at Brisbane and is poised for a permanent switch to the midfield after his outstanding season as a sweeping half-back.

McGovern, 25, is headed for a deal in the region of almost $1 million a season from next year as the second-best paid Eagles star.

West Coast is likely to generate future playing styles and immediate premiership plans around the influential McGovern as potentially one of the finest intercept defenders in the business, who can generate drive into attacking modes from his dominance backward of midfield.

Yeo and McGovern are priority re-signings at West Coast along with rising superstar and top winger Andrew Gaff.

McGovern and Gaff will be free agents at the end of next season if they haven’t signed new deals with West Coast.

Gaff, 25, continues to be linked with a move back to Victoria to eventually end his blooming career in his home state.

A new deal next season is on the cards for the 2015 All-n and Eagles best-and-fairest winner.

Emerging on-baller Liam Duggan, 20, is another highly rated West Coast youngster out of contract at the end of next season that Eagles management want to lock in to a new deal.

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