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‘It isn’t about the money for him, he wants to play in front of the big crowds’ – Brad Hardie on Dylan Shiel

Brad Hardie believes that despite St Kilda offering a serious amount of money for Dylan Shiel, the Giants star will opt to play for Hawthorn or Essendon in 2019 as they have the luxury of bigger crowds, something Shiel hasn’t experienced yet.

The rumour mill was in overdrive on Monday with Damien Barrett suggesting on Channel 9 that St Kilda had a six-year, $8 million dollar deal on the table for the star onballer. Hardie believes those figures aren’t quite accurate.

“The offer was more like four years at $1.3 million at St Kilda. I will give you this, take it to the bank. He won’t be going to St Kilda, or Carlton. It is line ball at the moment but he will be at Hawthorn or Essendon next season.”

Hardie says the lure of big crowds is more appealing to Dylan Shiel than the money. St Kilda ended 2018 with 46,301 members while Carlton ended with 56,005. If you compare those to Hawthorn who have 80,302 members and Essendon with 79,319 members, you can see why Shiel wants to go to a bigger club.

“He wants to play in front of crowds.”

1985 Brownlow medalist Hardie says that ‘nobody is worth that much money’ and that includes Shiel.

Asked if these teams were simply desperate, Hardie responded “Yes, clubs want to have a win. If they have to pay, they will.”

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