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Jeremy McGovern
#20   West Coast Eagles
Age: 26yr 4mth    Games: 99     Born: April 15, 1992    
Height: 195cm     Weight: 100kg     Position: Defender
Last Drafted: Round 5, Pick #74 2013 National Draft by West Coast Eagles
Supercoach Price: $479,600   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $446,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: UFA at the end of 2023   AFL Player Contracts
 
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Jeremy McGovern Biography

Saturday, 11 August 2018
Jeremy McGovern kicks a goal after the siren to win a thriller for the Eagles at Adelaide Oval against Port Adelaide.

Luke Shuey, who famously kicked a goal after the siren against Port Adelaide the 2017 elimination final, had a quick word to the Eagles next big hero.

"Shuey put the pressure on me before I even kicked it because he obviously dobbed one last year," McGovern said.

"He told me it was my turn. He had a big smile on his face and he said come on mate, 'It's your turn put it through' and luckily I did."

Monday, 23 July 2018
West Coast has secured the signature of free agent Jeremy McGovern on a five-year extension believed to be around $5m.

"I love the people at the club, the direction the club is taking and its exciting to be a part of that," McGovern said.

"Im grateful for the opportunity the club has given me and it was a gut decision to extend my contract. It would have been nice to have locked it away a bit earlier, but these things take time."

Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Jeremy McGovern opens up on the toughest decision of his life, saying the call on his football future is far more complicated than simply taking the biggest offer on the table.

The star West Coast defender is hot property on the restricted free agency market, and has attracted significant interest from Victorian clubs and Fremantle.

"It's more about your values because most people you speak to will say 'just go and take the biggest offer you've got and so be it', but I think there's a bit more to it for me than that," McGovern said.

Knowing the next contract extension could be his last, McGovern has plenty to weigh up.

"It's obviously a massive decision. It's a good decision, but it doesn't feel like a good decision, it feels like a bit of a burden at the moment," he said.

"You've got to try and remind yourself it's a good thing."

Jeremy McGovern says the lure of playing with his brother Mitch McGovern will not influence his decision on his next contract.

"We're not going to manipulate anything to try and play with each other. We can play together after our footy career is over back down in Albany," Jeremy said while denying media reports that Mitch would seek a trade from the Crows at the end of 2018.

"Mitch is in contract (until 2020) and the last I spoke to him he was enjoying it at Adelaide I don't know where all that stuff came from."

Monday, 28 May 2018
Jeremy McGovern has reportedly been targeted by several Melbourne clubs dangling big-money offers in front of the star intercept defender.

West Coast's crosstown rival Fremantle has also been linked to the in-demand 26-year-old, whose father Andrew played 63 games for the Dockers.

Monday, 7 May 2018
Mitch McGovern backs his brother, Jeremy McGovern, in deciding to put off contract talks until the end of the season.

"Smart man, I did it last year," Mitch said.

"Just put it on the backburner, focus on your footy. Let people behind the scenes deal with it and you show what you're made of. It's a better way to do it."

Mitch admitted to enjoying the idea of playing with his brother at Adelaide.

"It would be very nice to play with him," Mitch said.

"I've been in his ear, but I'm not too sure what he's going to do."

Thursday, 3 May 2018
An extra season is reported to be the main sticking point Jeremy McGovern's negotiations with West Coast, with the key defender seeking a six-year deal and the club offering five.
Restricted free agent Jeremy McGovern delays contract talks with West Coast until the end of the season.

"I'm probably going to put it on hold I think until the end of the year. I've spoken to my manager about it," McGovern told Perth radio station 92.9.

"We'll reassess it through the bye and then at the end of the year we'll probably look at it. Put it back to then, everybody can just get over it and let me play footy."

Thursday, 15 March 2018
Out-of-contract Jeremy McGovern says his preference is to stay at West Coast, but he wants the deal to be a long one.

McGovern is happy in his home state of Western Australia, and is expecting a baby with his partner in the coming months.

"It's probably that long-term security - I reckon that's what everyone would be wanting," McGovern said.

"I'm still in negotiations with the club. We are still chatting and trying to get things sorted. It's just taking its time - like anyone else."

Monday, 12 March 2018
West Coast defender Tom Barrass believes out-of-contract teammate Jeremy McGovern is worthy of a massive payday and is confident that his star teammate will come to terms with West Coast.

"He's just one of those players, he doesn't even know that he's doing it but he's chopping up non-stop," Barrass said.

"He's so hard to beat one-on-one. He's a big brick I 100 per cent think he's worth the money.

"I'm sure he'll come to terms with West Coast and settle on a fair deal."

Monday, 26 February 2018
Robbie Gray is set to miss the Power's opening-round clash against Fremantle at Adelaide Oval after being slapped with a one-match suspension for rough conduct.

Gray was charged by match review officer Michael Christian for his high bump on West Coast's Jeremy McGovern during the JLT Community Series, with the hit graded as careless conduct with medium impact to the head.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018
Nic Naitanui is promoted to the Eagles' leadership group for 2018.

"I think having the past year off has really improved my leadership," Naitanui said.

"Obviously not being able to have an impact on the field, Ive had to find different avenues.

"Finding some stuff off-field with some of the players has really built my leadership over the past couple of months and year in particular."

Jeremy McGovern and Andrew Gaff have retained their positions supporting skipper Shannon Hurn, plus deputies Luke Shuey and Josh Kennedy.

Saturday, 7 October 2017
Elliot Yeo wins the John Worsfold medal as West Coast's best and fairest for the 2017 season.

Yeo polled 197 votes to edge out Jeremy McGovern by six, with Luke Shuey (180) rounding out the top three.

"At the end of 2016 I had a fair few things that I wanted to work on. It was a disappointing year for myself," Yeo said.

"It (form turnaround) definitely came from a lot of hard work, but it also came from having a mentor such as 'Hick' (assistant coach Adrian Hickmott), he's been absolutely phenomenal for myself this year.

"He's one of those coaches who keeps you accountable but also pushes you to the limits he thinks you're capable of."

Monday, 20 March 2017
Jeremy McGovern wants to be used as a ruckman this AFL season, but he doubts his wish will be granted.

"It's my favourite position," McGovern said.

"It's not my best position, I don't think. But I'd love to play it at some stage if I have to. I just love it. You get to run around and do what you want pretty much.

"Simmo (Simpson) knows I'd love to play it. But I'm not a ruckman. I wish I was a bit taller and a bit stronger."

Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Shannon Hurn will captain West Coast for a third straight year in 2017, while former Hawthorn skipper Sam Mitchell will provide support as a member of the leadership group.

Dynamic midfielder Luke Shuey has been elevated to co-vice captain alongside dual Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy.

Star duo Jeremy McGovern and Andrew Gaff have also been added to the leadership group with Eric Mackenzie, who was the club's best and fairest in 2014 before requiring a knee reconstruction early the following year, the only omission from last year's group.

Matt Priddis rounds out the seven-man group, which was decided by a player vote, before being ticked off by the football department and then the board.

"Shannon Hurn has been a terrific leader since his appointment as captain three years ago and he has great respect from his teammates," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.

"Over the last couple of years Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff and Jeremy McGovern have certainly grown within the group and it has been reflected in the player vote.

"Clearly Josh Kennedy and Matt Priddis have been outstanding leaders for a long time and to have someone of Sam Mitchell's calibre at our disposal will be invaluable."

Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Jeremy McGovern says he still has ambitions to spend more time in the ruck.

"Ruck is my favourite position, it's probably not my best position, but if I had the choice I'd love to play there," McGovern said.

"I want to give Simmo the option, if he needs it, to be a bit more versatile with going up forward or in the ruck."

Saturday, 4 February 2017
Jeremy McGovern says he would love for brother Mitch McGovern to return to Western Australia.

Speculation is rife that Mitch could seek a move home to play for the Eagles or Fremantle following reports he has delayed contract talks with the Crows.

"I actually don't think we've ever played together. He's my brother, so I would love to play with him," Jeremy McGovern said.

"I'll let him know that I'm pretty keen to play with him for sure, but at the end of the day it's his career, it's up to him."

Mitch burst onto the scene in a potent Adelaide forward line last year, booting 32 majors from 23 games including both of the Crows' finals after making his debut in round one.

"I wasn't too surprised," Jeremy said of his brother's maiden season.

"I've watched him obviously since he was a little fella and I've always thought he had pretty good talent.

"I thought he was pretty unlucky in his first year to miss out on the draft."

Friday, 9 September 2016
Jeremy McGovern says he needs to work on his durability to give West Coast the option to use him in the ruck more next season.

"So I can get around the ground a bit and give Simmo a few more options," McGovern said.

"Obviously, if he wants to throw me forward or in the ruck, I can go there and play well there, whereas I'm probably a bit sore at the moment. Something like that I'll probably work on."

Monday, 8 February 2016
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he will decide where Jeremy McGovern plays, despite the Eagles youngster wanting an opportunity to move into the ruck and on-ball this season.

"I'll tell him where he's needs to play," Simpson said.

"He wants to play on-ball as well.

"It's great that he says that but we'll see how we go. The one thing I do know, he'd be a different type of ruckman than most."

Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Jeremy McGovern signs a two-year contract extension with West Coast that will see him remain at the Eagles until at least the end of the 2018 season.
Monday, 1 December 2014
Crows draftee Mitch McGovern hopes to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Jeremy McGovern, who made his debut in 2014 for West Coast this year, playing 13 games.

"Just seeing the path that Jeremy has taken, it's helped me a lot," McGovern said.

"I know what to expect now and it just makes the AFL environment a lot more comfortable.

"Jeremy has always just said to be myself; don't try to change who you are and always just try your best in everything."

Monday, 30 June 2014
Jeremy McGovern signs a two-year contract extension with the Eagles.

"I got off to a bit of a rocky start when I turned up out of shape for pre-season training, but 'Simmo' had an honest chat with me and he has helped me turn things around," McGovern said.

"He has been very supportive and I really appreciate the chances he has given me. I'm also grateful to the club for sticking by me through the tough times."

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