Carlton are in negotiations to hold onto key forward Jarrad Waite for the 2015 season.
Carlton is in negotiations to keep key forward Jarrad Waite at the club for the 2015 AFL season.
Waite has been criticised in the last few weeks by coach Mick Malthouse and teammate Michael Jamison for his inconsistency this season, but he has struck form in the past two round for the Blues, kicking four goals against North Melbourne and three against Fremantle.
Carlton’s football operations manager Andrew McKay said the club were in negotiations to keep the 31-year-old, who reportedly has interest from premiership contenders Fremantle.
“He hasn’t put pen to paper yet but we’re in negotiations at the moment,” McKay told SEN on Tuesday.
“Jarrad’s made it clear to us that he wants to stay at Carlton. We’d like to keep him for another year at least. We’re in negotiations with Jarrad, and I’m sure that’ll work itself out over the course of the next month or so.”
McKay added that he expected Waite to stay at Visy Park even if offers from rival clubs roll in.
“Jarrad’s been at Carlton for a long, long time now and I’m sure he feels as though he’s a Carlton man, so we’ve probably got the upper hand there to a degree,” he said.
“Certainly we need to make sure all parties are satisfied with any deal that we propose.”
Waite is an unrestricted free agent and has scored 243 goals in 180 games for the Blues.