Harris’ manager hits back at Blues amid pay dispute

Tayla Harris‘ manager has hit out at Carlton’s AFLW coach Daniel Harford over his comments regarding the pay dispute that has Harris set to leave the club.

Talks with Carlton broke down last week amid reports that Harris was seeking a $150,000 salary to re-sign, and Harford opened up on the team’s negotiations, calling “the gap too big” between what the Blues were willing to pay Harris and what she wanted.

Harris’ manager, Alex Saundry, hit back at Harford’s comments, denying claims that her client was “money hungry”.

“It’s actually been blown out of the water in terms of its context,” Saundry told KIIS FM’s Jase & PJ.

“It’s been blown out of proportion in terms of the numbers reported in the media. The numbers are nowhere near where they were.

“(Harford) spoke Friday morning on radio and said the gap was too large. I think it was a really poor choice of words unfortunately from Daniel Harford.”

Saundry also indicated that it was “not out of the question” for Harris to take a break away from the AFLW, particularly with a return to boxing on the horizon.

“Taking the money off the table. She is not money hungry, and I want to make that really clear.

“The same day that Tayla Harris, the figures were reported, there was a contract that was worth $6 million for a male — but who takes the target? It’s the female athlete all the time.

“She put (AFLW) on the map … How do you base a career off seven average games or seven average shows … that’s what we’ve been disappointed about. That’s my choice of words — disappointed.”

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