Sydney bound? ... Kurt Tippett. Photo: David Mariuz
SYDNEY have offered Kurt Tippett a four-year deal that will earn the 25-year-old just over $3.5 million should he join the premiership side. The Swans have also offered him a conditional two-year extension for 2017 and 2018 that his hearing before the AFL Commission next week may jeopardise.
It has been revealed that Sydney's pitch to Tippett included payments of $700,000 for next year and $900,000 for 2014, before improving to $975,000 for seasons 2015 and 2016.
The two-year extension would be triggered, worth just under $2 million, if the former Adelaide full-forward played 20 games in each of the first four seasons.
Tippett is facing a fine, suspension and could possibly be deregistered for his part in the three-year contract extension he signed with Adelaide in late 2009.
The Queenslander, whose lawyer wrote to the AFL this week requesting that he be delisted and be able to sign with the Swans as a free agent, has been charged with engaging in conduct prejudicial to the draft and breaching the AFL's total player payment rules.
Adelaide agreed in writing to trade the then 43-game player to the club of his choice for a minimum second-round choice at the end of his next contract, and underwrote $200,000 worth of third-party payments.
The Crows, their chief executive Steven Trigg, football manager Phil Harper and former football boss John Reid are also facing charges for their role in the alleged breaches.
Tippett shocked the Crows by requesting a trade to Sydney after Adelaide fell out of this year's finals series, but his trade fell over after the Crows confessed to the AFL that it had made the secret deal with him.
Tippett's best chance of becoming a Swan appears to be via the pre-season draft on December 11.
The deadline for listed, out-of-contract players to nominate for the pre-season draft is November 28, two days before the commission hearing.
Provided Adelaide can delist Tippett after the hearing - the Crows have not yet been allowed to do so by the AFL, pending the investigation and next week's hearing - Tippett could nominate instead as a delisted player by the December 4 cut-off.