Tigers send Graham to Crows

Written By Unknown on Jumat, 19 Oktober 2012 | 14.43

Richmond ruckman Angus Graham is set to sign a two-year deal with Adelaide. Picture: Michael Klein Source: Herald Sun

RICHMOND has sealed a deal to gain 10 spots in the draft in exchange for ruckman Angus Graham.

In effect, the Tigers get rid of Graham and his salary and improve their draft position from pick 50 to pick 40.

Graham is on his way to provide back-up for Sam Jacobs at Adelaide after Crows officials signed off on the deal at Punt Rd today.

"We would like to thank Angus for his contribution to the Richmond Football Club, and wish him all the best with his new opportunity at Adelaide," Tigers football manager Craig Cameron said.

"By gaining selection 40 in the draft, we are in a strong position to add some young talent to our list, which will complement the arrival of Chris Knights and Troy Chaplin in the free agency period."

Adelaide list manager David Noble said Graham's arrival would boost the club's ruck stocks.

"Angus has played some high-level football at Richmond and is very excited at the opportunity to move interstate and join a club which is in an exciting phase, playing finals football," Noble said.

While there has been speculation Richmond will now look for another ruckman, they will not trade for or use a pick in the national draft as a back-up for Ivan Maric.

Instead, they might consider a mature-aged replacement in the rookie draft as insurance, given they hope Tom Derickx and Tyrone Vickery will help Maric this year.

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The rookie draft is the only place the Tigers would consider re-recruiting former midfielder David Rodan, who has been delisted by Port Adelaide.

The Graham deal adds another bizarre twist to the Kurt Tippett saga.

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The move throws into question the need to take ruckman-forward Jesse White from Sydney in a trade for Tippett.

A swap of the Swans' first-round draft pick (currently No.22) and White for Tippett was expected to be signed off today.

That hasn't happened but the Crows say they haven't ruled out the deal.

"He is still in the mix," Adelaide football manager Phil Harper said of White.

To claim both White and Graham, Adelaide will have to unload one of its current players to meet AFL rules of having three picks in the national draft.

Graham, 25, played just one AFL game this season as he fell behind former Crow Ivan Maric in the Tiger line-up.

The 201cm ruckman has played 48 matches since making his debut i n2007.

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