Thursday, 9 August 2012
Adelaide have joined the hunt for Collingwood's All-Australian key forward Travis Cloke, whose contract negotiations with the Magpies have been put on hold until the end of the AFL season.
The move by the Crows has heightened speculation that Adelaide key forward Kurt Tippett could be headed home to Queensland to play for Brisbane.
"It's a contingency plan for us so we have to ask the question, and do due diligence," Adelaide football manager Phil Harper said on Thursday.
Melbourne, Richmond, Fremantle, Carlton and Greater Western Sydney are also chasing Cloke.
"We fully expect Kurt to stay, we are confident he will stay, but football shows that we are entering a new age," Harper told the heraldsun.com.au website.
"If Kurt does leave, we as a footy club have to be aware of who is available via free agency.
"And we all know Travis Cloke is probably what we would need."
The report said Cloke could earn a million dollars per season over five years if left the Magpies, who have offered around $800,000 per year for four years and a fifth year with an incentive-based contract.