After pushing backmost the archetypal deadline connected his eight-year declaration trigger, Kelly opted successful to stay a Giant for what is apt to beryllium the remainder of his AFL career connected a woody which volition spot him marque an mean of $1 cardinal per twelvemonth done 2029.
While Kelly is an All-Australian and successful the premier of his career, Matthews suggested the woody could go problematic for the Giants successful the future.
"It says thing – and I've spoken astir this a mates of times – the Giants decidedly and 1 time possibly the Suns, retaining your endowment without blowing the wage headdress is virtually impossible," helium told 3AW's Sportsday.
"Because players successful those 2 markets person to get 20 to 30 per cent much than they astir apt are astatine different clubs to clasp the talent.
"It's a occupation that those 2 clubs person got and erstwhile volition it ever change?"
After a down twelvemonth successful 2020, Kelly has been 1 of the Giants' astir accordant midfield performers, peculiarly with nine skipper Stephen Coniglio missing a ample chunk of the year.
Despite his quality, Matthews believes the 26-year-old isn't rather successful the million-dollar subordinate tier.
"I wouldn't person thought Josh Kelly is simply a $1 cardinal player," helium said.
"The information is, would immoderate different nine successful the contention person taken implicit that declaration disconnected the Giants?
"Josh Kelly, I suspect, was much invaluable a mates of years agone than helium is now.
"He's not a $1 cardinal subordinate successful a consciousness that you'd sanction a batch of players who mightiness beryllium $1 cardinal players earlier you'd get to Josh. He mightiness beryllium successful the 20s – but it's a gigantic contract."