Star weighs in on Tayla Harris’ $150k demand
AFLW star Daisy Pearce has rushed to Tayla Harris’ defence after the Carlton forward’s contract demands divided AFL fans last month.
In May, The Herald Sun reported Harris had asked the Blues to bump her salary up to $150,000 for the 2022 AFLW season.
As a Tier 2 AFLW player, Harris is currently paid around $80,000 annually. However, only about $25,000 of that salary is for playing football, while Harris earns the remainder of her income performing off-field duties at the club.
Harris’ new asking price appeared all the more staggering after she struggled for form in the 2021 season and eventually finished outside the top-15 in Carlton’s best-and-fairest tally.
However, Melbourne captain Pearce has defended Harris, saying the 24-year-old is not motivated principally by money.
Pearce played with the three-time All-Australian during exhibition games before the launch of the AFLW, and believes she would be a “huge” addition to any AFLW side.
“I think her football value’s huge,” Pearce told SEN.
“She’s played five seasons of AFLW and she’s a three-time All-Australian.
“She didn’t have her best season (in 2021) and Tayla would probably be the first to admit it, but I think there would be lots of people in footy and life who didn’t have their best year last year.
“I’d be pretty excited at the thought of playing alongside her because of the player she is but also because of the phase of her life she’s coming into.”
Harris shot to fame when this match day photo was trolled online in early 2019. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)Source:Supplied
Pearce explained she is in regular contact with Harris and that they have caught up to discuss the media fallout from her $150,000 pay demand.
“I catch up with Tayla every now and then and jump on the phone as we have in the last couple of weeks as she’s gone through this, and then again when Melbourne got mentioned (as a potential destination).
“Everything that I’ve had to do with Tayla and the conversations that I’ve had I’ve seen no indication that money is her biggest driving factor, she wants to get her footy back to where it was and where it can be.”
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