Jesse Hogan’s manager Matt Bain rang Melbourne’s Manager Football Operations Josh Mahoney to tell him Jesse was putting off contract negotiations until next year.
Matt Bain: Hi Josh, it’s Matt Bain.
Josh Mahoney: Matt! So great to hear from you. I was just staring at a picture of Jesse actually.
Bain: Really? Why?
Mahoney: Nothing weird about staring at a picture of a 21-year-old footballer all morning Matt.
Bain: I guess… So I’m ringing about the contract negotiations.
Mahoney: Twenty years, $20 million. No, $30 million!
Bain: Mate, it’s not really my job to do this but you have to stop bidding against yourself. You’re coming across as a bit desperate.
Mahoney: I was just kidding Matt. Unless $30 million would get it done? Would it get it done?
Bain: Josh, I’m actually ringing to tell you Jesse wants to hold off on negotiations until next year.
Mahoney: (Muffled sobbing, interrupted by shrieking)
Bain: Josh are you OK?
Mahoney: I’m fine. I came on too strong didn’t I? I just really like him. The way he talks, the way he competently plays football. I can change, tell him I can change.
Bain: Josh, it’s not you, it’s Jesse. He really likes you, honestly. He just wants to take a bit of a break. Things have been pretty intense, probably moving a bit too fast.
Mahoney: It’s over isn’t it? Was it something I said? It was when I jumped out of that birthday cake. I knew it was stupid at the time.
Bain: No, no! He still really likes you it’s not over, it’s just a break. Lot’s of people do that and it all works out all the time.
Mahoney: No it doesn’t. Look at Buddy and Dangerfield. Is there someone else?
Bain: No! Certainly not.
Mahoney: It’s Ross isn’t it? I knew there was something. The way Ross looks at him.
Bain: Josh, you need to calm down. This is good for you too. A chance to clear your head.
Mahoney: I better go now.
Bain: Josh! It’s OK.
Mahoney: I just need to be alone for a few days.
Jesse Hogan: How did it go?
Bain: Great! Really well, nothing to worry about.
Hogan: You didn’t tell him about Ross did you?
Bain: Oh lord no.