Kurt Tippett leaves the AFL Commission hearing. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Has Greater Western Sydney ever really been keen to snare controversial former Crow Kurt Tippett, or was its supposed interest just another attention-seeking ploy from the AFL’s newest club?
Reading between the lines of the latest official statement on the matter, we may never know, as it appears the outcome of the AFL Commission hearing into Tippett’s final Crows contract has made Kevin Sheedy’s club reconsider their potential quarry.
Giants chief executive David Matthews made the following statement in relation to Tippett.
Will GWS grab Kurt Tippett? Photo: Getty Images
"We note the sanctions handed down by the AFL Commission today and we now have a clear understanding of Kurt Tippett’s availability for the 2013 season," he said.
"We now want to see the financial terms on which he will nominate for next month’s draft so we can assess his affordability.
"We also have to consider whether he is the right fit for the club as we continue to build a strong culture amongst our young playing group.
"These are all factors we will now carefully consider over the coming days before making a decision on whether to draft him with our first selection."
Tippett has only ever mentioned the Swans as a preferred destination, and has never addressed moving to GWS, which has first claim on the tall forward in the pre-season draft.
The AFL ruled that he was allowed to nominate for the pre-season draft before Friday’s hearing, at which Tippett was fined $50,000 and suspended for 11 matches for his role in a secret contract that breached salary cap regulations.
Three days ago, Sheedy said the Giants had "plenty of money" to spend on Tippett, who fitted the Giants’ needs well, and the formerly homesick Queenslander might have no choice in where he ends up.
"If you go in the draft and get picked, you go to whoever picked you. That’s the deal."
Earlier this month, the coaching legend was more creative in discussing Tippett’s next move.
"A lot of players don’t really know what is right for them all the time," Sheedy said. "Why wouldn’t you want to come if you were Kurt?
"And I’m saying this honestly – you’re going to be playing with a hell of a lot of good players.
"It’s going to be a damn good side in four years and he’ll be just peaking by then."
If the Giants decide not to recruit Tippett, they may re-draft delisted ruckman and assistant coach Dean Brogan.