Tippett's manager in gun
Kurt Tippett was suspended and fined for breaching AFL rules. Photo: Getty Images
THE future of Kurt Tippett's manager will move closer to a resolution this week, after he fronts an AFL Players Association hearing.
Peter Blucher will have a chance at the Thursday hearing to respond to the findings of the player agent accreditation board that has been investigating his role in the illegal contract he negotiated for Tippett with Adelaide at the end of 2009.
Tippett, who joined Sydney via last month's pre-season draft, was fined $50,000 and suspended from the first half of the coming season last November, after pleading guilty to breaching the AFL's draft and salary cap rules.
The Crows were fined $300,000 and ruled out of the first two rounds of this year's draft, with chief executive Steven Trigg and football manager Phil Harper serving six and two-month suspensions respectively for their part in the undisclosed deal.
The Crows also forfeited their first two choices in the 2012 draft and lost the right to trade Tippett.
Adelaide, under pressure to re-contract Tippett at the end of 2009 when Gold Coast was hovering, agreed in writing to trade him to the club of his choice for a second-round draft pick at the end of his next contract.
More damagingly, Blucher and the Crows also negotiated for the club to underwrite $200,000 of third-party deals that are meant to be arranged independently of the club.
Blucher, who works for the Brisbane-based Velocity Sports, is facing potential deregistration for his part in the deal, which was not referenced in the contract approved by the AFL at the time. The matter only came to light after Tippett offered to accept a multimillion offer to join premiership side Sydney, rather than the Suns or Brisbane, at the end of last season.
The players association began investigating Blucher's part in proceedings after the special AFL Commission hearing in November, at which Tippett, his former club and the officials were penalised.
The accreditation board is led by Ian Prendergast, the players association general manager of player relations, and includes agents Dan Richardson and Liam Pickering, and Melbourne forward Chris Dawes.