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Red-faced Crows withdraw draft picks
Red-faced Crows withdraw draft picks

Adelaide has handed back their first two selections in tomorrow's AFL draft in an attempt to minimise the sanctions they face over the Kurt Tippett contract saga.

The Crows said the act was "a gesture of goodwill towards resolving the Tippett matter".

Adelaide and several officials are being investigated by the AFL for salary cap breaches and manipulation of the player trading process.

The club had picks 20 (round one) and 54 (round three) in the player lottery to be held on the Gold Coast tomorrow.

Chairman Rob Chapman described it as a common-sense initiative that is in the Club’s overall best interests.

It would result in Adelaide having picks 62, 81 and 95 in tomorrow's draft.

“We are in ongoing discussions with the AFL,” said Chapman.

“This gesture forms part of those discussions and is made in good faith.

“There are pressing deadlines with the Draft and our priority is to see Nick Joyce back on our main list. This will now happen at the pre-season draft.

“So we see this as a pragmatic gesture made in good faith. It’s all about seeking the best overall outcome for the Adelaide Football Club.”

League operations manager Adrian Anderson will recommend to AFL Commission Adelaide's actions be taken into consideration in its deliberations next week.

The AFL Commission determined to amend the order of selection for the draft accordingly and assign Adelaide one additional selection in each of rounds four and five in accordance with the normal operation of the player rules concerning the order of draft selections.

The West Australian

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