WEST Coast star Andrew Gaff remains genuinely undecided on his future, his manager Paul Connors says.
Gaff is the hottest unclaimed property remaining on this year's free agency list and must soon choose between re-signing with the Eagles or returning home to Victoria, almost certainly to join North Melbourne on a seven-year deal worth more than $8 million.
The longer Gaff's future has remained clouded, the more speculation has raged that he is set to come home.
Such speculation is supported by history. Since free agency was introduced in 2012, just four big-name players still in their 20s have re-signed after the end of the home and away season – Travis Cloke (2012), Will Minson (2012), Matthew Kreuzer (2015) and Dustin Martin (2017).
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However, Connors cautioned people against drawing parallels between Gaff's situation and any other players', saying the Eagle was uniquely placed.
Asked whether Gaff was waiting until the end of the season to name his new club in the same way another of Connors' high-profile clients, Gold Coast's Tom Lynch, is believed to be before nominating Richmond as his preferred new home, the prominent player agent was emphatic.
"It is completely different to 'Lynchy' and 'Hanners' (Sydney's Dan Hannebery) and everyone else," Connors said at the launch of NAB AFL Trade Radio on Wednesday.
"I will say that money won't be a factor. West Coast is a great club. Gaffy has had the perfect storm in a way, he's gone through the worst month of his life, without getting into the nitty gritty.
"We know what happened on the field (he was suspended for eight matches for striking Fremantle's Andrew Brayshaw in round 20) and then as reported his father's been in hospital for the best part of a month and (is) just on the way to recovery, which is wonderful news."
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Gaff spent time in Melbourne in the aftermath of his suspension to be by his father's side but returned to Perth about 10 days ago and resumed training with his West Coast teammates as they prepare for Saturday's preliminary final against Melbourne at Optus Stadium.
Connors said Gaff was, for now, immersed in playing his part in the Eagles' preparations for the preliminary final and hopefully the Grand Final after that.
"If anyone knows Andrew, he takes his time to think about things and really right now he's totally focused on helping his team," Connors said.
"He hasn't made his mind up. I can swear on my kids' lives that that's the case. Every case is different and it's really important to know that Andrew's case is different.
"He loves the West Coast Eagles and he's totally shattered that he's not out there to help the team this weekend, but to his credit he's training, he's immersed in the football program and helping some of the young boys there as well."
Meanwhile, fellow West Coast free agent Scott Lycett has considered leaving the club but, like Gaff, won't make a final decision until the end of the season, his manager Colin Young says.
Lycett is expected to join Port Adelaide when the free agency period opens next month after also receiving keen interest from St Kilda.
However, Young said nothing would be finalised until the Eagles' season was over.
"There are clubs (that have enquired), that's been documented, Port Adelaide have rung and a few other clubs (too). To their professionalism, they've said as soon as he knows he wants to leave then they'll make the phone call and we'll get in front of them," Young said.
"It's been a topsy-turvy year for West Coast, with 'Nic Nat' (Nic Naitanui) going down and being the No.1 ruckman at that stage.
"That's when probably Scott was thinking about maybe leaving. I'm not too sure where Nic Nat is at the moment but I'm sure he comes back.
"I've had a few calls from clubs which, no doubt, as soon as the season's over, we'll touch base and talk to them."