Young Crow sacrificial lamb

Sportal November 15, 2012, 5:15 pm
Kurt Tippett

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Adelaide have delisted first-year utility Nick Joyce as the fallout from the Kurt Tippett saga continues.

The Crows, who were not allowed to cut Tippett until the results of an AFL commission hearing were announced, were forced to drop a contracted player ahead of Thursday's second list lodgement deadline.

Adelaide must wait until next week for the findings to be revealed of an AFL commission hearing after the Crows were hit with a variety of charges relating to draft tampering and salary cap breaches involving Tippett, whose request to be traded to Sydney turned ugly last month.

Tippett, who will also have to answer charges at the hearing, remains on the Crows' list after nominating for December's pre-season draft, rather than next week's national draft.

Adelaide, who cut Joyce to make the AFL's mandatory three list changes, intend to re-draft the 19-year-old in either the national or rookie drafts.

"It was not the club's intention to delist Nick at this time but because Kurt Tippett remains on our primary list, we had to delist another player by today's deadline ahead of next Thursday's national draft," list manager David Noble said.

"It is our intention to redraft Nick at the earliest opportunity post the AFL commission's findings.

"The club is working closely with Nick's management and discussing the variety of options, with Nick's welfare being of the highest importance."

Twelve other AFL players were officially delisted before the second list lodgement deadline.

North Melbourne cut Cameron Richardson from their senior list with a year remaining on his contract, but pledged to re-recruit the defender in the rookie draft.

Fremantle parted ways with Nick Lower, Jesse Crichton and Dylan Roberton, though Lower and Crichton will carry on training with the side.

All other movements had already been confirmed, with Greater Western Sydney delisting Dean Brogan to potentially make room for Tippett.

Essendon cut Ricky Dyson, Brent Prismall and Ariel Steinberg, who has been assured a spot on the Bombers' rookie list, while Melbourne defender Clint Bartram and Western Bulldogs forward Zeph Skinner retired.

Ben Jacobs left Port Adelaide, while Taylor Hine walked out on Gold Coast, with both players setting their sights on a move to the Kangaroos.

The third and final list lodgement is due on November 29.

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  1. Detlev01:56pm Friday 16th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    How does this not constitute unfair dismissal. If the crows loose draft picks and can't get him back and he's drafted to another club how is this not restraint of trade.

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