CAN HE GET BACK TO HIS BEST?
At 29 years of age, the assumption is that Travis Cloke is more than likely past his best.
Having said that, some players thrive when thrust into new surrounds.
Barry Hall kicked 31 goals in his last year at the Swans in 2009, before kicking 80 and 55 majors in the following two seasons at the Western Bulldogs.
Hall was 33 when he played his first game in the red, white and blue. Cloke could arguably experience the same turnaround in form if given the right backing in the right team.
WHAT’S HIS LEGACY AT COLLINGWOOD?
Travis Cloke departs Collingwood with a premiership, a club best and fairest and status as a dual All-Australian.
From 2011 to 2014, Cloke was the club’s leading goal kicker, with his highest haul of 69 majors coming in 2011. Only six players in the club’s history have kicked more goals than Cloke’s 441.
In that respect, the 29-year-old sits higher than club champions Lou Richards, Anthony Rocca and Brian Taylor.
While his last season was belied by his axeing to the VFL on three separate occasions, Cloke sits among the most prolific goal kickers in Collingwood’s history, something which must not be overlooked amid his departure.
TRAVIS Cloke could still be a $1 million man.
Having officially requested a trade away from Collingwood on Tuesday, recruiters believe the veteran forward could still fetch a seven-figure salary from a rival Victorian club.
The Western Bulldogs, North Melbourne and Richmond are reportedly in the race for Cloke, who will depart the Magpies this summer after an inconsistent season that returned 17 goals from 13 games.
OFFICIAL: CLOKE REQUESTS TRADE FROM THE PIES
However, in order to lure the premiership-winning forward to their club, former Hawthorn, St Kilda and Port Adelaide list manager Chris Pelchen believes a side will have to fork out at least $1 million.
“He’ll want three years, but I wouldn’t give him longer than two years. I think he’s got to be kept hungry to apply himself,” Pelchen told foxfooty.com.au.
“He’d want a guaranteed contract, but I’d be offering him an inflated-base contract because of his age. You’re probably looking at $1 million over two years.”