Eddie McGuire has a message for Mark McGowan: If you want the AFL grand final to come to Perth… show me the money.
“Mark McGowan, come at me baby,” McGuire told Nine News Perth sports reporter Matthew Pavlich regarding putting a cheque on the table to we want the decider to leave Victoria.
The Collingwood president, who was part of a deal that keeps the MCG as host of the GF until at least 2057, said this was the year where anything was possible.
“Look, if the West Australian government want to put a cheque on the table, because the Victorian government did in underwriting the AFL…” he began. “You know, if the MCG has no people there, well then you’ll probably have to look at it.”
Mark McGowan said Optus Stadium would be the “next best place” to host the GF if Victoria is unable to get a handle on the state’s COVID-19 situation.
West Coast superstar Nic Naitanui has joined other AFL names like Garry Lyon, Tim Watson and Matthew Lloyd in not ruling out the possibility of a non-MCG grand final.
“To be honest I thought it would never happen,” he said on Wednesday.
“I thought there’s no chance you’re going to get some of the bigger Victorian clubs to come to WA or approve a grand final, but man, 2020 has thrown up some weird things.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if we get a grand final in Perth and fingers crossed we’re there.”
However, McGuire said the grand final wasn’t just going to be handed over.
“You gotta put a cheque on the table and there’s a long way to go yet,” he said.
“It’s not like we’ll just give you the grand final.”
McGuire rubbed his fingers indicating cash.
“Mark McGowan come at me baby… come and talk to us and we’ll do a deal.”