Adelaide’s Shane McAdam has quit the Crows and is on the verge of requesting a trade to a Melbourne-based club, reports SEN SA’s Michelangelo Rucci.
McAdam, 28, is out of contract at West Lakes but has reportedly been offered a two-year deal to remain at the club.
According to Rucci, McAdam wants a three-year deal on the back of kicking eight goals in his last three games in 2023.
The small forward and his management have reportedly been talking to the Demons and Rucci expects him to seek a trade to the club this off-season.
“He has quit the Adelaide Football Club,” Rucci said on SEN SA The Run Home.
“Rejecting a two-year offer when he wanted three.
“He has had talks with Melbourne and will seek a trade to Melbourne.”
Rucci also added that one reason for McAdam’s pending departure is differences between he and the club’s fitness staff. The forward suffered both a thigh injury and fractured cheekbone in 2023.
“There are also some other issues that have emerged through the year in that there’s clearly a difference of opinion or style between him and the fitness coaches of Adelaide as to what was best for his preparations and so forth,” Rucci said.
“I’m not going to take sides. I’ve heard one element of it. I can understand the other element of it.
“When you get that sort of unsettled moment in a footy club that can keep rolling along.”
Rucci says McAdam will be playing for the Demons in 2024 if a trade can be done.
“The key point here is that he had a two-year contract offer on the table (from Adelaide),” Rucci added.
“But he doesn’t believe Adelaide’s the place he should be playing.
“He has put out the feeler to Melbourne, they’ve put their arms around him, and he’ll be playing for Melbourne if the trade can be done which is the next phase of all this.
“But he has quit the Adelaide Football Club.”
McAdam has played 50 games and has kicked 72 goals for the Crows since making his debut in 2020.
He is the brother of Collingwood forward Ash Johnson who recently signed a new deal tying him to the Magpies until the end of the 2025 season.