‘No great rush’ for new-look Magpie’s contract
DARCY Moore unveiled a new-look haircut at training this week - but his manager says a new Collingwood deal for his client isn't any closer to being struck.
However, Liam Pickering insists there's "no great rush" to strike a new deal, with Moore focusing on returning to full fitness after a frustrating pre-season.
Father-son young gun Moore, sporting a spiky, ginger hairstyle at Magpies training on Monday, is contracted to Collingwood until the end of the 2018 season.
Pies footy boss Geoff Walsh last week declared that Moore was "very committed" to the club.
But asked if Moore wanted to play for Collingwood beyond this year, his manager Pickering told SEN Breakfast: "I assume he does."
Pickering added that Moore's top priority at the moment was to get his body right, with an Achilles issue restricting his output on the training track over the summer.
Pies coach Nathan Buckley recently said Moore had endured a "broken pre-season", with some minor setbacks seeing him complete just "75 per cent" of the Magpies' training program.
Pickering said contract negotiations would likely begin once Moore was comfortable with his fitness.
"We haven't got that far down the track. He said 'let me get myself to the point where I can start playing'," Pickering said on Tuesday.
"His priority is to play. I think he is right to go for the JLT. It'll take care of itself.
"We have had a couple of chats, but there is no great rush on this one."
Despite his inexperience, the promising 22-year-old has been heavily relied upon up forward over the past two years to boot 49 goals, while ranking among the top 15 players for contested marks in 2017.
However, Moore is set for a role change this season after spending most of pre-season training with the Pies' defensive group.
Buckley said Moore "looked exceptional behind the ball" when he'd been on the training track.
"We've had him in front of the ball at times, but we're excited by what he can bring on the field. We intend initially to play him as a key back - and he's got his head around that, looking forward to it," Buckley said.