SYDNEY has emerged as a serious player for Kurt Tippett, with rival clubs suggesting that the Swans are the front-runners for the Adelaide forward’s services.
Tippett is expected to announce today where he wants to play next season. It is understood that the Brisbane Lions have offered a lucrative five-year deal, while Gold Coast and Sydney have also offered long-term contracts.
While still hopeful about Brisbane’s chances, Lions football manager Rob Kerr said yesterday the Swans had emerged as a serious destination for a man who originally wanted to return to Queensland. ”They have put together a pretty attractive offer, dare I say,” he said. ”I expect we will find out [on Saturday] morning.”
Tippett did not make an announcement yesterday because he did not want it to overshadow the Crows’ best and fairest function, held last night.
Tippett’s manager, Peter Blucher, said the player’s preference was for a decision to be revealed today. ”Wherever he goes, he will be happy,” he said.
Rival clubs have questioned how the Swans would fit him under the salary cap, but they have extra concessions. If successful, they may also have to trade players.
The Suns are understood to believe that Tippett, who was born in Sydney, favours the Swans, a decision that would be received badly in Adelaide by some teammates and supporters, and has already attracted some ugly abuse in social media.
Adelaide’s football operations manager, Phil Harper, said no agreement existed that would allow Tippett to be traded for a second- and third-round selection.
Tippett’s decision will have ramifications on other potential deals.
The Lions are set to turn their attention to a midfielder if they fail to lure the power forward.
Clinton Young, Hawthorn’s unrestricted free agent, would add to the Lions’ run and carry.
It’s understood Young is not happy with the offer he has received from the Hawks.
Former Melbourne hardnut Brent Moloney is also firmly in Brisbane’s thoughts.
Geelong has completed a medical examination of North Melbourne ruckman Hamish McIntosh and also has some interest in North defender Luke Delaney.
The medical prognosis on McIntosh is understood to be relatively positive, given that the ruckman has had Achilles injuries and had LARS surgery to his posterior cruciate ligament.
If the Cats were to acquire Delaney – who plays as a tall back – along with McIntosh, it would make it less likely that they would pursue Melbourne free agent Jared Rivers, who wants to play for a Victorian club.
McIntosh is due to be paid more than $400,000 next year and is interested in a move because the Roos have shown a penchant for rucking only Todd Goldstein, with Drew Petrie or other tall forwards providing the back-up.
Delaney, whose brother Cameron is also on the North list, is from Geelong club Grovedale.
The Cats have been active in the post-season, with most clubs believing they are in pole position for Gold Coast’s Josh Caddy, who is also being pursued by St Kilda.
The Saints want West Coast’s Mitch Brown to fill a key defensive spot, but the Eagles have indicated that they won’t trade Brown, who is contracted for next year.
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says a deal to trade Sharrod Wellingham to West Coast is far from done.
Wellingham, off contract with the Magpies, has nominated the Eagles as his preferred home. A deal will need to be done during the trade period, which starts on Monday.
The Eagles’ first pick in the draft is No. 17. Koby Stevens, who has told the Eagles he wants out, could also be part of a deal.
Wellingham’s manager, Carlos Da Costa, says fair compensation for the Magpies would be a second- or third-round selection.
The Magpies will also need to broker a deal with Melbourne if Chris Dawes is to join the Demons.
Dawes, under contract, could remain a Magpie if they are not offered an adequate pick.
The Pies have decided against nominating James Stewart, son of former Magpie Craig Stewart, as a father-son selection.
Carlton is confident of retaining Tom Bell, but his management is arguing he deserves a place on the senior list, while the Blues want him to remain on the rookie list.
Richmond has signed small forward Gideon Simon from Papua New Guinea as an international rookie.
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