Kurt TippettKURT Tippett has nominated Sydney as his preferred club, choosing the premiers over the clubs from his home state, Gold Coast and the Brisbane Lions.
Tippett’s manager Peter Blucher from Velocity this morning confirmed what rival clubs believed yesterday – that the talented Crows forward wished to join the Swans. Blucher said Tippett had agreed to a four year contract with Sydney.
While the speculation that Tippett might be joining Sydney, rather than clubs from Queensland, has angered some Crows fans and led to abuse on social media, Blucher pointed out that Tippett was Sydney-born and had extensive family in Australia’s largest city.
Blucher also said, when asked about the reported clause in Tippett’s last contract – that he could be traded to the club of his choice for a second round draft pick: ”There is an understanding between the parties, they would help get him to the club of his choice.” But he added, it was also recognised that arrangements had to be ”commercial” in the deal.
Industry speculation is that, whatever the arrangement or understanding between Tippett and the Crows, a deal would be done that involved Sydney’s first pick, No.23, and a player, going to the Crows.
Blucher said Tippett’s decision was ”a lifestyle and football decision,” calling the Swans ”an outstanding club.” The Sydney offer involves fewer years than Brisbane’s, which was for five years, with estimates ranging from $800,000 to a million dollars.
In a raid remarkable for its late detection, Sydney coach John Longmire and chief executive Andrew Ireland flew to the Gold Coast on Monday – two days after their premiership – to meet with Tippett, who had already announced he was leaving the Crows.
Blucher said Tippett’s decision was made yesterday, but he held off due to the club’s best and fairest, which was won by Scott Thompson last night.
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