Tom Boyd is now a million-dollar-a-year player having only played eight AFL games.
Boyd, who kicked only nine goals from those eight games has signed a seven year deal to return home and play for the Western Bulldogs in a trade that sees Bulldog captain Ryan Griffen head to GWS.
The Bulldogs have struggled to find a key forward since Barry Hall retired and seem to be paying Tom Boyd what he is worth to them, more so than his actual market value.
With Liam Jones going to Carlton, and the likes of Jarrad Grant, Tom Campbell and Ayce Cordy not developing at the rate the Dogs would like, the former number one draft pick is seemingly the future of the Bulldogs.
Many AFL players have voiced their opinion on the trade, with Kane Cornes saying that some of the more developed big forwards would be shaking their heads at the money on offer.
Many feel this trade has the potential to be the worst deal of all time, however Boyd’s TAC Cup form was unstoppable and he has seven years to prove the critics wrong.
Boyd’s manager Liam Pickering said during the week that his client wanted to come home, weather it was this year or next he wasn’t going to stay at GWS.
The Bulldogs can build a club around Boyd. While there will be a lot of pressure on the big forward, he has the potential to be the best forward in the game. – Jake Benoiton
Top photo by Daniel Walker.