Tippett tribunal bid rejected by AFL
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.
Friday's procedural hearing will see the following legal figures sort out the terms of next Friday's hearing of the AFL Commission: Adelaide's Queen's Counsel Will Houghton; Tippett's QC David Galbally; legal representatives for Adelaide officials Steven Trigg and Phil Harper as well as former official John Reid; and the AFL's legal team.
The AFL remains keen for the issue to be resolved before next month.
Galbally is expected to again attempt to have his client delisted before next Wednesday's pre-season draft deadline. Anderson has told the Tippett camp that while the grievance tribunal's parameters have been widened under the new collective bargaining agreement, that agreement with the AFL players has not yet been signed and therefore does not apply to Tippett.
If the AFL stands firm, Tippett will have to nominate for the pre-season draft not knowing whether he will be deregistered as a result of being charged with draft tampering and salary cap breaches.