Charged ... Kurt Tippett and the Adelaide Crows. Photo: Getty Images
KURT TIPPETT and his former club Adelaide have been charged with a series of rule breaches by the AFL, and will be summoned to appear before the commission next week.
The 25-year-old forward, who three years ago entered into a secret agreement with the Crows outside his standard contract, faces suspension or deregistration.
He will appear before the commission on two charges: conduct prejudicial to the draft and a breach of the AFL rules on total player payments.
The AFL's legal team contacted Tippett and the Crows last night to summon them to next week's commission meeting at AFL headquarters.
Adelaide is expected to plead guilty to conduct prejudicial to the draft, and having failed to disclose its role in third-party agreements worth $200,000. The club is understood to be working on an impassioned bid to minimise its penalty, which is expected to involve a six-figure fine and draft bans.
Tippett's manager Peter Blucher is not covered by AFL rules, and is expected to come before the AFL Players' Association's agents committee in the coming months. He also faces deregistration.
Tippett's last game for Adelaide came in the club's narrow 2012 preliminary final loss to Hawthorn. Last month he was on the verge of signing a four-year $4 million deal with Sydney before the issue of unwanted Swan Jesse White prevented a deal from taking place.
The Adelaide board has always claimed it had no knowledge of the secret agreement exposed by Fairfax Media, and only CEO Steven Trigg and former football boss John Reid knew of its existence.
Tippett remains hopeful of joining the Swans although Greater Western Sydney has publicly stated it will look at drafting Tippett, a move seemingly encouraged by head office.
Sydney has remained in constant contact with the increasingly devastated Queenslander, who was the highest paid player at Adelaide over the past three years in a deal that led to Reid's admission: ''We sold our soul when we did that deal.''
In the meantime, GWS coach Kevin Sheedy has earmarked Setanta O'hAilpin to take the place of departed fellow code-hopper Israel Folau in the Giants side.
Irishman O'hAilpin, 29, suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament knee injury in his first senior game with the Giants last season but recently signed a new one-year contract.
With Folau returning to rugby league, a role has opened for O'hAilpin who played Gaelic football and hurling before starting his 81-game career at Carlton. ''His [O'hAilpin's] passion is brilliant, you can't beat it,'' Sheedy said ''He's one of the most passionate people I've met in AFL. He'll be our replacement for Folau.''
O'hAilpin said he was grateful for the chance. ''I've been fortunate to get another opportunity from the Giants, so hopefully I can repay their faith and have a good season,'' he said.