Peter Gordon says Ryan Griffen will be expected to honour the final year of his contract at the Kennel.
Western Bulldogs President Peter Gordon has reaffirmed that Ryan Griffen will be expected to honour the final year of his contract at the Kennel in 2015.
Speaking to the media after announcing the resignation of senior coach Brendan McCartney, Gordon said he expected Griffen to honour the final year of his contract at the Whitten Oval next season.
"An agreement's an agreement. It has legal effect and people ought to think seriously before they sign them because when they sign them, they're bound by them.
"He (Griffen) is a much-loved and valued member of our footy club and we remained distressed and disturbed about the events that have played out.
"We believe that at the Western Bulldogs and in the AFL contracts are contracts and we hope he will see his way clear to honour his obligations that he undertook when he executed that contract."
Griffen, 28, has played 202 games with the Bulldogs since they selected him with pick No. 3 in the 2004 NAB AFL Draft.
The South Australian won two Bulldogs best and fairest awards (2010 and 2013) and was an All Australian last year.
"Who knows what may happen in the course of events? I'm not going to predict that, I'm simply going to say as a position of principle, he's a required player as well as a much loved player," Gordon said.
"He's in the best football years of his life, he's an elite player of the competition and 2015 ought to be a great year for him.
"I hope it's a happy year and a productive year and he wins the Brownlow Medal and I hope he's playing for us when he does."