SYDNEY chief executive Andrew Ireland says suggestions that the Swans' salary cap concessions should be scrapped given their trade bid for Adelaide star Kurt Tippett are ''offensive''.
Tippett has agreed to a four-year contract offer to join the Swans, who began negotiating a deal with the Crows yesterday morning, when the trade period officially opened.
Both clubs were coy about what the Swans needed to put on the table, although Ireland said no premiership players would be given up, which suggests Sydney's top draft pick, No.22 overall, will need to be part of a deal. But Ireland refused to commit to offering that pick.
The fact the Swans have salary cap room to chase a star player despite winning the flag has brought into question the extra 9.8 per cent salary cap allowance they get to counter the cost of living in Sydney.
Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold is among the critics, but Ireland said the allowance was needed and careful management and recent retirements had left them room for Tippett, who would take a pay cut in his first year.
''It's pretty offensive, I reckon,'' Ireland said of the criticism. ''We've been for the last decade fundamentally recruiting players from other clubs who weren't getting a game.
''We've got a cost-of-living allowance - it is clearly dearer in Sydney … there's no slush fund from our allowance, every player on our list gets [an extra] 10 per cent.''
He pointed to the Hawks' recruitment of Port Adelaide premiership star Shaun Burgoyne three years ago, having won the flag themselves a year earlier.
Ireland said Tippett was moving because he disliked the ''fishbowl'' environment in Adelaide and expected the Crows to honour an arrangement made three years ago to help him switch clubs.
Casualties for the Swans were ruckman Mark Seaby and forward Jarred Moore, as well as rookie list players Eugene Kruger, Jack Lynch and Dylan McNeil, all of whom were delisted yesterday.
Meanwhile, Joe Daniher will continue his family's remarkable tradition at Essendon, while Melbourne have snared Jack Viney for a bargain under the father-son rule.
Lachie Hunter, who joined the Western Bulldogs, was the other recruit in yesterday's father-son bidding meeting.
The Bombers were forced to use their top pick in next month's national draft, No.10 overall, but that was considered a good deal for tall forward Daniher, the son of Anthony, who played 118 games for the club.
Joe will become the sixth Daniher to play for the Bombers, joining Anthony's brothers Terry, the 1984-85 premiership captain, Neale and Chris, along with his own brother Darcy, who was at the club for four years before his career was cut short by injury last year.
''They've looked after my family for so many years and I'm looking to repay them for what they've done for my family and what they've done for me,'' Joe Daniher said.
The Demons only had to use their fourth draft pick, No.26 overall, to gain midfielder Viney, the son of Melbourne 233-gamer Todd, who is now on their recruiting staff.
Melbourne list manager Tim Harrington said they would have been prepared to use their top pick, No.3, to snare Viney, who they declared they wanted two years ago.
''Yes, we rated Jack at that pick at least and there's other clubs who would have rated him there or higher as well so we're just really thrilled,'' Harrington said.
Their top pick wasn't needed after Gold Coast, who had pick No.2, decided not to bid for either Viney or Daniher. The Suns instead traded their No.2 pick to Greater Western Sydney in exchange for the rights to draft exciting 17-year-old Jack Martin.
With the Demons having spent the past two years overseeing Viney's training program and the teenager spending this year with their VFL affiliate Casey, Harrington said he could immediately step into senior football.
''The whole program this year was based around Jack getting prepared to play round one,'' Harrington said.
The deal left the Demons with picks No.3, No.4 and No.13 available to assist their trade aims of snaring Collingwood pair Chris Dawes and Sharrod Wellingham, who has said he wants to join West Coast, and Gold Coast's Josh Caddy.
Hunter was drafted with the Bulldogs' No.46 pick.
Other potential trades include North Melbourne's Hamish McIntosh to Geelong and Essendon's Angus Monfries to Port Adelaide.