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McGovern says no decision until season’s end

West Coast Eagles star Jeremy McGovern has announced he will wait until the end of the 2018 AFL season to decide whether he will stay with the club.

The gun defender has become a target for other teams, with his contract up at the end of the season.

Reports from Melbourne say McGovern’s management has been contacted by a Melbourne-based club with a $7 million offer.

McGovern says his main focus is on playing football, but he remains loyal to West Coast.

“It is what it is at the moment. It’s just taking its time. We’re slowly working through it”, he says.

“We’re in talks with the club. My manager is dealing with it. My focus is footy.”

The Eagles have reportedly offered McGovern a contract worth $4 million over five years.

After being drafted with the 44th pick in the 2011 Rookie Draft, McGovern was elevated to the senior list in November 2013.

In 2013 he was “banished” from the club to pursue individual training after being 10kg overweight.

In 2014, McGovern became one of the best contested marks in the game and was rewarded with a position in the 40-man All-Australian squad.

He set a new overall record for the most contested intercept marks in a season and recorded the equal-most marks from opposition kicks in 2016.

The West Coast star says he has to think about his family and future , but he loves playing for the Eagles.

“I’m here to play footy. I love my teammates, love the club, love the coaches. My main objective is getting it sorted with the club,” he says.