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No interest in Tippett: Suns

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Gold Coast

Kurt Tippett.

Kurt Tippett. Photo: Getty Images

The door has been slammed shut on Kurt Tippett at the Gold Coast Suns after they dismissed the notion of snapping up the defecting Adelaide forward if talks with Sydney broke down.

Adelaide are determined to receive adequate compensation from the Swans if the ruck-forward is to get his wish and join the AFL premiers.

Tippett will be forced to nominate for the draft pool if he is not traded by the October 26 deadline - and with the No.2 pre-season pick, the Suns would be in a prime position to nab the Queenslander.

However, Suns football manager Marcus Ashcroft said they had "moved on" since receiving the shock news that Tippett wanted to move to Sydney rather than returning to his home state Queensland.

Asked if they were monitoring Tippett's stalled talks with the Swans, Ashcroft said: "No, we have moved on.

"His decision has been made. We respect that and we move on with what we need to do.

"We have some priorities of our own that we need to achieve."

The Suns did have one player announcement on Monday - they have committed to signing 18 year-old Clay Cameron as a Queensland zone selection at next month's national draft to be held on the Gold Coast.

The 191cm, 83kg defender is set to make his Suns debut in the 2013 pre-season NAB Cup after an unorthodox path to AFL.

The son of a Queensland schoolboy rugby league representative, Cameron walked away from a promising athletics career and lost an entire season battling chronic osteitis pubis before grabbing the Suns' attention with a starring role at the 2011 under 18 championships.

Ashcroft said they would sit and wait for their next move in the trade period after last week securing Hawthorn's Tom Murphy and cutting a deal with Geelong for Josh Caddy.

"Our No.1 priority was to get Josh a home back in Victoria. That's now done," Ashcroft said.

"And obviously we were interested in Kurt.

"Now our objective is to look at what other clubs have to offer us potentially.

"We have two weeks to sit back and take it all in and be considered in our decision making."

The Suns must reduce their once 46-strong roster down to 39 by October 31 to make room for their three draft picks.

"There are still six to 10 players that are uncontracted for next year," Ashcroft said.

"It's a balancing act to work out exactly what our needs are for next year through the trade period, and that's still got another two weeks."

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