A Crows forward has “quit the club” in a move that left Adelaide “disappointed” and not yet ready to part with the 28-year-old.
Shane McAdam has informed the Crows of his “intention to consider rival offers” after managing just seven games in 2023.
With Izak Rankine arriving at the club at the start of this season and youngster Josh Rachele forming a formidable combination, McAdam was reportedly assessing his future.
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On Wednesday, the club confirmed McAdam wanted out.
“The Crows have a contract in front of the 28-year-old and would be disappointed if he did not continue his career at West Lakes,” the club said in a statement.
“McAdam was a mature-age pre-draft selection to Carlton from Sturt in 2018 and he was then immediately traded to the Crows.
“The Club will continue talks with McAdam and his management in the lead up to the upcoming trade period.”
It comes after SEN SA’s Michelangelo Rucci told his listeners McAdam had “quit the club”.
“(McAdam) rejecting a two-year offer when he wanted three,” Rucci said.
“He has had talks with Melbourne and will seek a trade to Melbourne.
“It’s quite a story his year.
“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.
“When you get that sort of unsettled moment in a footy club that can keep rolling along.
“He doesn’t believe Adelaide’s the place he should be playing.
“He’ll be playing for Melbourne if the trade can be done.”
Afl.com.au’s Cal Twomey had said Adelaide tabled a “three-year offer” for McAdam that he was yet to sign.
“He’s exploring his trade options,” Twomey said on the Gettable podcast.
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“He has a three-year offer in front of him from Adelaide.
“But he’s also looking at his trade options elsewhere as well with a potential to move.
“He’s a big watch.”
McAdam has played 50 games for the Crows since debuting in 2020, but was restricted to just seven games this season.