FORMER Horsham Saints footballer Rory Taggert has until next month to learn his fate at the Melbourne Demons.
The 20-year-old survived the Demons’ first post-season clean-out, which included James Sellar, Troy Davis, Tom Gillies, Josh Tynan and rookie Tom Couch.
But that does not mean he is out of the clear yet, with the AFL’s first list lodgment deadline on October 31.
“I haven’t been offered a new contract yet,” he said.
“I guess it’ll be up to me how I return back to pre-season training.
“A big factor will be how many players the club signs up – if they do sign a few more then I guess they’ll have to lay off some more of us.”
Taggert came agonisingly close to making his senior AFL debut against Western Bulldogs in round 23.
He made the squad of 25 before being named as an emergency.
“It would have been great to get that game,” he said.
“I was pretty disappointed, but there’s nothing I can do about it now.”
The emerging midfielder said despite the uncertainty, he was delighted the Demons had landed Sydney Swans premiership coach Paul Roos for two seasons.
“There is a much better feeling around the club since Roosy got here,” he said.
“Hopefully it’s the step in the right direction that the club needs.”
Taggert suffered a wrist injury in Casey Scorpions’ 40-point first semi-final loss to Werribee in the team’s forgettable finals campaign.
Taggert played out the match before scans revealed a broken wrist.
The Scorpions, Melbourne’s VFL-affiliate side, were knocked out in straight sets.