Goddard has slammed rival AFL for trying to take advantage of Essendon’s supplement scandal issues.
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Essendon star Brendon Goddard has labelled rival clubs as “unethical” for asking Bombers players to break their contracts under the duty-of-care clause.
Forward Jake Carlisle, ruckman Paddy Ryder and key defender Michael Hurley are all reportedly attracting interest from rival clubs, with speculation mounting that Ryder may join the Brisbane Lions.
Essendon players have the option to attempt to break their contracts by trying to prove the club failed in their duty of care during the 2012 supplements scandal.
“It’s a little bit unethical,” Goddard told Channel Seven’s AFL Game Day program on Sunday.
“We are vulnerable because of the current circumstances. But these clubs poaching our players and asking them to leave.
“Paddy, Hurls and Jake’s names have been mentioned but these guys love the footy club. They started there and I think they intend staying.
“These clubs are coming out, there’s almost like the unwritten rules, unethical that they are coming out dangling these baits in front of the guys when they’re in a very vulnerable state.
“It’s a little bit touchy, that scenario.”
Despite the speculation, Goddard said he expected Ryder to stay at the club.
“There’s plenty of hope,” he said.
“He’s a wanted player. I might be biased but he’s the best ruck/forward player in the competition and he’s important to our future hopes.
“I think there’s a lot of him that does (want to stay).”