GREATER Western Sydney last night said that it would be interested in Kurt Tippett if he entered the draft, while Gold Coast may also re-enter the market. ''If he was in the draft, we'd certainly have to look at him,'' said GWS list manager Stephen Silvagni.
The AFL has called Deloitte in to assist in an audit of the Adelaide player payments in what is expected to be a detailed and complex examination. In considering the case, the AFL will be mindful of the new landscape of free agency, in which players have fewer restrictions on their movement. The AFL has not told the Crows that they cannot trade Tippett during its investigation.
If, as expected, he cannot be traded to Sydney today, Tippett has three alternatives for getting to another club. He could enter the national draft, in which the Swans do not have an early choice; enter the pre-season draft, placing a hefty price on his head, or, most unlikely, he could be delisted by the Crows and cross to the club of his choice as a free agent.