Tippett deal "a joke"

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 18 Oktober 2012 | 14.43

Sydney ruckman Jesse White could end up being a direct swap for Kurt Tippett. Picture: Phil Hillyard. Source: The Daily Telegraph

KURT Tippett's move to Sydney is hours away from being sealed.

And if - as expected - the Crows get the Swans' first-round draft pick (No. 22) and out-of-favour forward-ruckman Jesse White, the trade will carry the tag of a "joke'' with former Richmond and Western Bulldogs coach Terry Wallace.

White, who struggled for game time in Sydney in the past two seasons, travelled to Adelaide today for a medical and a meeting with Crows coach Brenton Sanderson, who returns home today after holidaying in the US.

"Adelaide will be ripped off,'' Wallace said on AFL Trade Radio today.

Inaugural Crows coach Graham Cornes has joined the smashing of the prospective trade, saying it is "pathetic".

"Adelaide wants to be seen as a strong club, but it has shown no strength - it has been led by the nose in negotiations," Cornes said on Radio FIVEaa.

"They should stand firm and have Tippett go to the draft rather than roll over."

Winners and losers of trade month so far

But Adelaide's position is not strong in this trade.

If the Crows do not accept Sydney's offer by next Friday's trade deadline, Tippett will fall into the draft pool where Adelaide gets no compensation and Sydney can virtually guarantee drafting the Queenslander by having Tippett nominate a $1 million-a-year salary.

No other AFL clubs can contemplate paying Tippett such a fee.

Department of Trades

Swans boss Andrew Ireland said last night the negotiations to bring Tippett to the Harbour City were progressing well.

"We think it's getting closer and hope there is some news by the end of the week," Ireland said.

"David Noble (Crows list manager) and Kinnear Beatson (Swans list manager) have been working through the issues and there are some things that need to be ticked off.

"Brenton Sanderson arrives back in Adelaide tomorrow and that will allow some of the things that need to be finalised to be done."

Sydney bound? Kurt Tippett has spoke in glowing terms of the Sydney Swans football culture. Picture: George Salpigtidis Source: Herald Sun

THE SWANS will play the first two matches of their premiership defence in Sydney, starting with an ANZ Stadium derby against the GWS Giants.

The Round 1 match will be a Giants' home game, with the Swans to unfurl their premiership flag at the SCG in Round 2 against an unknown opponent.

The return derby against GWS will be played at the SCG.

Yesterday, the AFL also revealed the top four teams from 2012 (Sydney, Hawthorn, Collingwood, Adelaide) would all only play the bottom four teams of 2012 (Greater Western Sydney, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs) on one occasion in 2013, with the single exception of the Swans and Giants' cross-town rivalry.

The 10 non-finalists from 2012 will all be scheduled to have a maximum of two return meetings with top eight sides from 2012.

- with Jon Ralph, Neil Cordy

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