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Tippett non-committal over Crows future

By Daniel Brettig 21/07/2009 05:27:25 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide spearhead Kurt Tippett is more certain about his best place on an AFL field than he is about his long-term future with the Crows.

Asked on Tuesday about whether he wanted to be a one-club player, Tippett offered an equivocal-sounding, "um, yeah, I haven't really thought about it" before singing the praises of his teammates.

The suspension of contract negotiations until year's end indicates Tippett is keeping his options open at the very least, with a widely-mooted move to the new Gold Coast expansion club still plausible.

But there was much greater conviction when Tippett was quizzed on his preferred position: "I enjoy playing both (forward and ruck) but at the moment I like kicking a few goals."

Tippett, and Adelaide's match committee, would prefer he stay entrenched in the club's forward line, where his strong marking and athleticism make him a testing match-up for anyone.

The dilemma confronting Tippett and the Crows is that he is also the club's most able-bodied ruckman.

If the humble duo of Ivan Maric and James Sellar are being dominated, as they were against St Kilda on Sunday, then Tippett must be shifted out of the forward line to make his presence felt in the centre.

Such a move leaves a considerable hole, and Power defender Troy Chaplin was unsurprisingly keen to see Port's ruck duo of Dean Brogan and Brendon Lade make such a move necessary by winning plenty of taps.

"I hope so, I think our ruckmen are very experienced, they can change a game," Chaplin said on Tuesday.

"If they start to get on top obviously they're going to have to change their structure and Kurt's going to have to come up and start to ruck."

In round six the Power's victory over Adelaide was built largely upon a dominance in the ruck and around the midfield stoppages, something Tippett remembered all too well.

"They had a great game against us last time, but I think we've come a long way since then," Tippett said.

"The boys have been playing some good football in there, so it'll be a good battle on Sunday and I'm sure we'll put up a good fight."

Chaplin offered Tippett a cheeky reminder of his links to the Gold Coast during a showdown promotion on Tuesday by icing a doughnut with the "GC17" insignia.

"It (speculation about Tippett going home to the Gold Coast) has been in the paper for the past four or five months and its been talked about," Chaplin said.

"It's good to have a little bit of fun before the game, but when it comes to Sunday it's all jokes aside."

Port have elected to close their main training session on Wednesday, following on from the Crows' decision to do so several weeks ago.

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