The Crows have released a statement following the club’s failed bid to recruit Carlton star Bryce Gibbs, stating that they were not prepared to meet Carlton’s “unrealistic” demands.
See the full statement below:
Officials from both clubs met several times in recent days and ultimately could not come to an agreement.
Crows General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid said the Club had explored every avenue to strike a deal.
“Both clubs were well aware of Bryce and his family’s desire to return home, coupled with the fact he is also contracted to Carlton for a further three years,” Reid said.
“He is a quality player and person but like in all trades, there has to be ‘fair value’ for both parties.
“We do not believe that would’ve been the case if we were to hand over at least two first-round draft picks or a combination of players, who are crucial to our short and long term success, as was requested.
“Taking into account a large number of factors, we decided that proceeding with such an arrangement would have been irresponsible list management.”
Reid said the Club wishes Gibbs and his family well for the future.
“Bryce and his management contacted our Club at the eleventh hour prior to trade period,” Reid said.
“Before taking the call, our intent was to head to the national draft in search of quality young talent which is now once again our focus.”