Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Wellingham Denies Quit Reports

Sharrod Wellingham insists he is happy at Collingwood and has no intention of returning to his native Western Australia.

The midfielder is one of a number of players out of contract at the end of the season, though vice-captain Scott Pendlebury and defender Heath Shaw have already committed to play Live Aussie Rules for the Magpies next year. Pendlebury signed a four-year extension in March, while Shaw penned a three-year deal in April.

Amid reports he was keen to return to the west of the country Wellingham confirmed talks between the club and his manager had begun and reiterated his desire to stay at Collingwood.

"My manager has started negotiations but we'll just wait and see how that pans out over the next couple of weeks," Wellingham said.

"I'm certainly not (looking for a change). I'm very happy at the moment."

Dale Thomas, Chris Dawes, Nick Maxwell and Alan Didak are among those contracted until 2013.

However, the Magpies are still waiting for deals to be agreed with the likes Travis Cloke, Harry O'Brien, Dayne Beams, Steele Sidebottom and Ben Reid.

Meanwhile, Wellingham admitted revenge will be on the cards when Collingwood takes on Geelong in a Grand Final rematch on Friday night.

The Cats, who go into the game as favourites in the AFL betting odds won their third Premiership in five years last October with a 119-81 victory in front of a crowd of 99,537 people at the MCG.

The final brought the curtain down on Mick Malthouse’s illustrious coaching career.

"We're certainly not angry by any stretch of the imagination. I think you can't really go around trying to play football like that," Wellingham added.

"But I think all the boys who played in last year's loss will certainly have a bit more emotion towards the game. I don't know how you explain it but there will certainly be something there. (We'll) want to get a bit of retribution, I suppose."

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