Crows, Tippett put contract talk on hold

ADELAIDE say the offer is exceptional, but so are the circumstances. Kurt Tippett's multiple concussions are a key factor in the decision to put off his contract negotiations with the AFL club until their season is over. The Crows also want no distractions to their upcoming finals campaign.

The Queensland-born key forward is in demand, with reports linking Tippett to Brisbane and Gold Coast on bumper deals worth $600,000 a year.

Tippett has suffered multiple concussions this season and the 25-year-old returned to the third-placed side for Saturday night's upset loss to Brisbane.

Tippett, who has kicked 30 goals in 16 games this season, is due to play his 100th AFL game on Sunday against Melbourne.

''The Adelaide Football Club had an exceptional offer in front of Kurt - and Kurt and his management acknowledge this - but Kurt has made it clear he will not make any decision until the season is finished,'' Crows football manager Phil Harper said yesterday.

Teammate Patrick Dangerfield said while Tippett's future was unclear, the Crows feel they can have a legitimate crack next month at the premiership and they want nothing to distract from that campaign.


''Certainly we're unsure with where his contract is at,'' Dangerfield said on radio station 5AA. ''We're a chance to win the flag … the future is now for us.''

Tippett met with club management on Friday in Brisbane.

Collingwood have also put contract negotiations with key forward Travis Cloke on hold until their season ends.