Kevin Sheedy. Photo: Arsineh Houspian
Kevin Sheedy has lit the fuse for a potentially fiery Sydney derby, claiming Swans target Kurt Tippett isn't worth his lofty $900,000-per-season price tag.
The Greater Western Sydney coach stood behind his club's decision to officially pull out of the race to sign the former Adelaide spearhead on Wednesday.
The Giants were in the box seat to secure Tippett with the first pick in next week's pre-season draft, but their exit has opened the door for their cross-town rivals to swoop.
Sheedy declared the money Tippett's management was asking was out of line for a player of his calibre.
''I think he'd have to do more to be a superstar,'' Sheedy said.
''He's got a lot to prove to earn nearly a million dollars a year. That puts you under a lot of pressure in any game.
''The player that we'll pick in the draft will be as good a player as Kurt Tippett, but nowhere near the cost.
''At $900,000, we thought we'd let that one go through to the keeper and we'll pick a player around about the same style.''
Tippett will miss the first 11 games of next season - with another 11-game ban suspended for five years - for his role in salary cap breaches and tampering, when it emerged he received payments of $200,000 outside the salary cap.
The 25-year-old was also fined $50,000.
For their part, the Crows forfeited two selections in the national draft and were fined $300,000, while chief executive Steven Trigg ($50,000 and six-month ban), football manager Phil Harper (two-month ban) and former football manager John Reid (12-month ban, suspended for six months) were also punished.
But not harshly enough, according to the seven-time premiership winner. ''I think the Crows got off lightly,'' Sheedy said.
''They did the right thing by walking away from the draft with their first two picks, I think that was a very wise decision.''
Sheedy hopes the Swans are successful in recruiting Tippett, while the Giants will plan their forward line around a trio of promising big men.
Last year's No. 1 draft pick, Jonathon Patton, rising star Jeremy Cameron and Adam Tomlinson loom as key pieces in the Giants' future.
Assistant coach Leon Cameron, who will succeed Sheedy in 2014, is confident the Giants will be able to move on from the Tippett trade saga.
''We exhausted all options with Kurt, and in the end we couldn't substantiate the terms of his payments and his deal, but what we really look forward to is going to the pre-season draft next week,'' he said.
''Let's not forget, we have Jon Patton, the No. 1 pick from last year, who's going to be an outstanding player for us. Jeremy Cameron, Adam Tomlinson … so we've got enough key players who are going to help us in the future.''