KURT TIPPETT'S bid to move to the club of his choice as a delisted free agent has again been thwarted by the AFL.
Football operations boss Adrian Anderson late on Thursday rejected Tippett's attempt to take his case to the league's Grievance Tribunal before next Wednesday's deadline for nomination for the pre-season draft.
Tippett, who is holidaying in Bali and will not attend Friday's directions hearing at AFL headquarters, has told his management and his legal team he is not prepared to take his case to the Supreme Court. The 25-year-old remains hopeful of joining the Sydney Swans, and does not want to jeopardise his future nor antagonise the AFL Commission, which will sit in judgment of him next week.
At Friday's procedural hearing, David Galbally, QC, is expected to try to have Tippett delisted again before next Wednesday's pre-season draft deadline. Anderson has told the Tippett camp that while the Grievance Tribunal perameters have been widened under the new collective bargaining agreement, that agreement with the AFL Players' Association has not yet been signed and therefore does not apply to Tippett.
Should the AFL stand firm, Tippett will have to nominate for the final draft of the season not knowing whether he will be deregistered for draft tampering and salary cap breaches. Although Sydney have offered the forward a $3.5 million four-year deal, Tippett's circumstances could affect the price.
Greater Western Sydney coach Kevin Sheedy believes Tippett would be a great fit for the Giants, even if the club has to drag him there. Sheedy said Tippett's desire to avoid the Giants in favour of the Swans hadn't deterred the club.
''A lot of players don't really know what is right for them all the time,'' Sheedy said. ''It's going to be a damn good side in four years, and he'll be just peaking by then.''