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Sanderson happy to play Tippett

Sportal August 15, 2012, 7:18 pm
Kurt Tippett

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Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson says Kurt Tippett will continue to be selected for the club even if he chooses to dump the Crows in favour of a move back home next season.

Tippett is still to decide whether he wants to extend his stay at West Lakes as speculation mounts the star forward is keen to return to his native Queensland.

Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast have remained on high alert as they look to tempt the 25-year-old with a lucrative contract during trade week.

Crows champion and premiership player Mark Ricciuto added fuel to the fire on Monday when he said there was a '90 percent chance' Tippett would leave Adelaide.

But unlike former Crows coach Neil Craig - who declared he would not play any players who informed him of a switch to another club - Sanderson insisted Tippett would get a run even if he opts to move home.

"If it's not a distraction for the rest of the group and team then we'll certainly pick him," Sanderson said.

Tippett has missed the Crows past three games following a spate of head knocks, and the Crows coach said he was vital to their chances of a successful 2012.

"We've won games without him, but at the same time he's in our best 22 and he really helps our forward structure," he said.

"It's important that we get him up and going and hopefully in good form heading into September."

And Sanderson said he remained positive about the club's chances of retaining the key forward.

"The longer it draws out in the season you get more nervous as a coach, but I'm still quietly confident that will Kurt will be a part of our future going forward," Sanderson said.

"(The concussions) have probably blurred the environment a little bit because maybe it (the decision) would have been made either yes or no if it wasn't for the setbacks.

"If Kurt decides to stay it makes us stronger, if he decides to go at the season's end then we'll make adjustments to our squad and we'll get on with business.

"But if he wants to leave then he should tell us so we can get on with trying to find replacements ... and identifying some young talent to add to this exciting group."

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