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Crows, Blues complete Jacobs deal

By Roger Vaughan 11/10/2010 02:22:44 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide admit they gained a bargain by confirming the AFL trade that brings ruckman Sam Jacobs back to his home state of South Australia.

The Crows spent trade week negotiating with Carlton over the 22-year-old, who wanted to return home and realised he would struggle for senior opportunities at the Blues.

Adelaide eventually secured Jacobs for pick 33 in the second round of the national draft, as well as round-four pick 67.

Carlton had wanted a higher pick for Jacobs but the Crows would not budge.

Adelaide recruiting manager Matt Rendell said the trade situation was skewed because of Gold Coast's extensive draft concessions.

He added the same will apply next year when Greater Western Sydney are involved in the draft.

"Unfortunately for the system this year and next year, everyone is out 10 picks," Rendell said.

"If you have players coming in, you're getting bargains, if you have players going out and nothing coming in, you're in a worse position.

"We're all in the same boat ... that's why we stuck to our guns, he (Jacobs) wasn't a first-round pick."

Rendell compared Jacobs to Sydney ruckman Shane Mumford, who was traded from Geelong last year for pick 28.

Last week, North traded ruckman David Hale to Hawthorn for the Campbell Brown compensation pick and pick 71.

"There were a few instances where the 33 pick made sense - Mumford last year went for 28," Rendell said.

"The 33 really was 23 last year, so it's actually a better deal than Mumford, it was our second-round pick.

"Hale probably confirmed that and so did Mumford last year ... where he (Jacobs) was in the marketplace."

Also on Monday, the Crows released ruckman Jonathon Griffin to Fremantle for pick 61.

Griffin wanted to return to WA on compassionate grounds.

"As it turns out, we're not going to be using (the fourth-round pick) anyway, because we got 61 back off Fremantle for Griffin," Rendell said.

"It wasn't what we wanted for Griffin, considering what we gave up for Jacobs, a similar player.

"Maybe Jacobs is three years younger, but we looked on Jonathon Griffin's situation a bit different, because he was going back for compassionate reasons and we're a compassionate club."

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