Adelaide has decided not to match the restricted free agency offer for Brad Crouch and wish him well for the future.
Crouch, who played 95 games over the last eight seasons, departs with the Crows receiving pick No.23 in this year’s national draft as compensation.
Crows General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid thanked Crouch for his contribution.
“We wish Brad and his partner Britney all the best for the future as they head to Victoria with many strong friendships from their time here,” he said.
Reid said the Club was not willing to offer a long-term contract and had stood by this position during conversations with Crouch and his manager over many months.
“We are committed to making decisions in the best interests of the entire playing group and Club, and did not see a lengthy deal as responsible list management in this instance,” Reid said.
“The AFL’s free agency rules determine what compensation is received in return for a departing player.
“Ultimately, the risk versus reward of matching St Kilda’s offer and trying to force a trade, for say their first Round selection at pick 17, which might not eventuate, didn’t stack up.
“We acknowledge there will be plenty of debate, and in some cases frustration, among our Members and fans about the merit of accepting the compensation but we exhausted all available options.”