Essendon believe a deal will be reached with Chapman despite the arrival of Adam Cooney from the Western Bulldogs.
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Essendon has moved swiftly to pour cold water over reports that contract talks with Paul Chapman have broken down over money.
According to the Herald Sun, the arrival of former Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney have left Chapman’s future up in the air.
The article said one sticking point over Chapman’s extension was the money spent on Cooney, which was more than what the ex-Cat earned in 2014.
However, the Bombers say the article was “disappointing” and believe a deal will be reached.
“It was disappointing to see the story in Sunday’s paper as we have been comfortable with how negotiations have been progressing over the last few weeks,” football operations manager Rob Kerr told the club’s website.
“Adrian Dodoro in his role as list manager has been negotiating with Paul’s agent Liam Pickering on a new agreement.
“Those negotiations were continuing last week and we believe are headed in a positive direction with what we considered a fair and reasonable approach.
“Based on those discussions we feel we are fairly close to reaching an agreement with Paul given the way in which those negotiations have been progressing.”