during the round five AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

REPORTS: Brisbane skipper Tom Rockliff tours Adelaide facilities

Brisbane captain Tom Rockliff has reportedly toured Adelaide’s facilities, fuelling speculation he could be on his way to the Crows at season’s end.

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Rockliff, who is contracted until the end of next season when he will become a free agent, has put contract talks on hold with the Lions after failing to agree to terms on a new deal.

He is said to have requested a five-year deal worth $4 million with the Lions.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Tom Rockliff of the Lions looks dejected as the Lions leave the field after losing the round 14 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Brisbane Lions at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 25, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 25: Tom Rockliff of the Lions looks dejected as the Lions leave the field after losing the round 14 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Brisbane Lions at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 25, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The Advertiser has reported that Rockliff toured the Crows’ facilities at West Lakes during the Lions’ bye round, all but confirming that the skipper is considering leaving the struggling club.

However, Rockliff’s manager, Tom Petroro told The Advertiser that rumours that his client toured West Lakes are untrue. But he did confirm that Rockliff met with Adelaide fitness coach Brett Burton.

“They had a coffee, as mates from their time at Brisbane, while staying at the same hotel,” Petroro told The Advertiser.

“But there is no way Tom has met anyone from the Crows (about a potential move to Adelaide) nor toured the facility there.”

The 26-year-old, who has averaged 27.6 disposals this season, has played 127 games with the Lions in seven seasons.

Meanwhile, in another blow to the Lions, Josh Jenkins now appears set to knock back a lucrative offer from the club to re-sign with the Crows.

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  1. Would be a massive get for adelaide as there already a good side but with plenty of good players coming out of contract in the next couple of years they will need dangers money to top them up and keep them all

  2. We should be using that money to keep the crouch brothers, lever etc and stick to the draft. If he really wants to come to Adelaide we should wait a year and get him as a free agent once thommo retires

    • What a load of crap hahaha, as a side note Burton worst fitness coach ever
      1. On FB he has said he isn’t leaving and keeps making jokes about it how stupid this stuff is
      2. The article even says he was in Adelaide catches up with Burton at a hotel but because its a slow news day lets just pretend he went to tour the facilities hahaha
      3. There is no way we offered the money that has been thrown around at Jenkins…we all know he is a 3rd (2nd at best) tall forward. We need someone so we prob threw something at him
      4. I am happy for Green and Taylor to leave if they think they can hold the club to randsom

    • The AFL need to address this team quickly. They need a couple of concessions. I know a few supporters from a team in Melbourne would disagree, but it’s in the AFL’s interest that they address this team’s downward trajectory. It’s part of the TV rights deal that they are going well or at least competitive. It’s happened to quickly or they fast track the development of their academy.

  3. Lets be honest brisbane fans. Your club is not going to admit if he did or did not tour the club rooms would be suicide.

    • Don’t know. There’s a lot of rumors. His manager ha come out and said its unlikely he will go to Adelaide and he’s still in discussion with Brisbane. But then again a manager isn’t going to come and tell the truth! Lol

    • Hahaha yes have faith! He would fit in perfectly as Thompson replacement assuming he’s retiring at season end. Imagine that midfield: Sloane, Crouch brothers, Rockliff, Douglas, Cameron. Looking good!!!

  4. I’d call it now. If he comes to adelaide it will be to replace Thommo in your midfield. I’d take him in with open arms at my pies. Beau Bradley Ryan Higgins

  5. Benjamin Joel Danny Jug Gizella Markopoulos oh my god you crows are relentless! Picking other teams apart and he’s not eve returning home! I bet his missus is making him do this!

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