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Sloane's contract call 'not a simple process'

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Rory Sloane will take his time thinking over his contract decision
It's not just a simple process to tick off. That's 100 per cent honest
Rory Sloane

STAR midfielder Rory Sloane has labelled reports he is close to re-signing with Adelaide "a bit strange", insisting he has yet to make a decision about his football future.

Sloane is one of 2018's most highly coveted free agents and has attracted huge interest among clubs in his home state, Victoria, where he could attract long-term offers worth up to $1 million a season. 

Channel Nine reported on Monday night that Sloane was "very close" to recommitting to the Crows, with a four-year deal likely to be completed before the start of the home and away season. 

However, Sloane told Adelaide's Triple M radio on Tuesday afternoon that he was still weighing up his future.

"That is a bit strange. Things always get said in the media and if you listen to everything (as if) it's true then it would do your head in in the end," Sloane said.

"It's always tricky to speak about it because no matter what you say – and we found out late last year when I was completely unprepared and hadn't actually given it much thought – people always take things out of context, it always gets skewed a different way. 

"I'm very happy with where I'm at the moment. The club is very aware of where I'm at. I've been chatting to them, absolutely (I) have been.

"Like anyone else that has a job, you're thinking about work commitments … (but) there is other stuff to consider. There is a person away from football as well, there is a Rory Sloane away from football that I also do think about and so you do need some thought.

"It's not just a simple process to tick off. That's 100 per cent honest from myself, that's as honest as I can be." 

Sloane refused to be drawn on whether a new deal with Adelaide was close or otherwise, or whether he felt pressure to finalise contract talks. 

"I haven't made a decision yet so there's nothing to report on at the moment. It's just me thinking about everything that comes with making a contractual decision," Sloane said. 

"This could very well be one of the last contracts I sign, so there is a bit to think about, absolutely. 

"People want to hear yes or no – that's the only thing everyone wants to hear. It's just where it's at; I'm thinking through everything at the moment."

Sloane, who turns 28 on March 17, is a dual best and fairest winner at Adelaide and made the 2016 All Australian team.

He was runner-up in last year's Malcolm Blight Medal behind Matt Crouch. 

Recruited from the Eastern Ranges with pick No.44 in the 2008 NAB AFL Draft, Sloane has played 165 games for the Crows.