‘Bates’ auctioneers bid on James McManus contract
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BATE BUYERS ANTENNA THE ARSENAL: A bid for James McMahon’s contract was lodged in an auction house that has been a fixture at the St George’s Stadium since the 1950s.
Bidders included auctioneers with extensive experience of sports auctioneering, including Michael Aiken, who ran a team that won the Sydney Football League in the 1970s and 1980s.
The other bidder, Michael Akins, was a former managing director of a sporting goods company.
Michael Akins (@MichaelAkinsAus) June 28, 2020 Michael Bates (@MichaelBatesAus), owner of Bate auctioneers & auctioneers @BatesAUV, bids $1.5m for James J McManUS contract, source: News Corp Australia article BATS TO BID FOR JAMES MCMANUS CONTRACT: The bid was lodged by Michael Aksen of Aksens Auctioneers, who is based in Australia.
Aksen is also a managing director at Bate, which is based at St George Stadium.
He said he wanted to “give back to the community” and said he was “deeply saddened” by the situation.
“The bid has been submitted and the auctioneer is assessing the bid.
It is likely to be a successful bid,” he said.
If successful, the bid would mean Akssen would receive $1,521,000 and Aksenes contract for James would cost the AFL $1 million.
The Sydney Swans, who are owned by the Sydney Roosters, would also receive the contract, as would the Melbourne Storm, with the AFL expected to pay $400,000.
James McManaus’ agent, David Cairns, said his client wanted to get out of contract as quickly as possible.
This is a very sad day for James, and his family and close friends.
It is disappointing that a successful bidder was not chosen to represent James, but there are no indications that this bidder will be allowed to make a bid, Mr Cairn said.
“We are confident that the bid is successful and will be lodged for auction,” he told Channel Seven.
ROBERT GILLIS: James will now be free to go to the NRL, and he’ll be able to get on with his life, Robert Gillis, James’ father, told AAP.
I think it is a sad day because James was a very good player, he was a wonderful footballer, a great teammate, a wonderful man, and now he is free to move on to playing for the Sydney Swan Football Club.
When I think about it, I think of his friends, his family, his mates, and how he’s going to be missed.
HEY RICHARD GILLES: I would like to wish my son the best, Robert, who plays for the Western Bulldogs, said.
James McMenamus contract has been signed, he is in contract, his father said.
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We wish James the best for the future and the future of his club, Robert McBettles father said in a statement on Twitter.
@JamesMcMahon has accepted his release from the Western Sydney Wanderers, the club announced on Twitter, but will continue to work towards a long-term future with the club.
His contract will end at the end of the season and James will return to the Wests.
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If the bid falls short, AFL.net.au will update this story with any updates.
BATE BUYERS ANTENNA THE ARSENAL: A bid for James McMahon’s contract was lodged in an auction house that has been…