MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 10: Bryce Gibbs of the Blues looks dejected after a loss during the 2016 AFL Round 16 match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 10, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

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:

The Adelaide Crows were not prepared to meet Carlton’s unrealistic demands in a trade for Bryce Gibbs.

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.”



  1. Why so upset Crows fans? Your list manager’s mouth writing cheques your club didn’t have the will or intention to deliver on 😂

    Good on SOS for standing firm. I’m sure Gibbs knows this was a chance and while his preference may have been to head home, he’s professional enough to put in for the club that’s been his home since he joined the AFL 😉

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