“Three times and you’re out”: Blight calls for Crows to cull troubled forward

AFL Rd 18 - Adelaide v Richmond
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Tyson Stengle of the Crows competes with Bachar Houli of the Tigers during the round 18 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval on September 19, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Two-time Adelaide premiership coach Malcolm Blight has called for the Crows to cull troubled small-forward Tyson Stengle following a third off-field incident that has since seen the 22-year-old stood down by the club, per SEN

Stengle was found in possession of an illicit substance shortly after the conclusion of the 2020 season and is yet to know the fate of his future at West Lakes, with Blight stating Stengle has run out of chances.

“I had a rule … three times and you’re out,” the former Crows coach told Sportsday SA.

“First time it’s your bad luck, second time is our bad luck, third time, come on, go.

“But you need to put all those ducks in a row to see why it happened, when it happened and how it happened and then once you’ve got that information that’s there, and there’s been three misdemeanours, I say go. Sorry, go.

“However, if there are extenuating circumstances, and every case is different, that’s the only rider.

“On face value it doesn’t look great.”

If Stengle is to return to the Crows’ game plans for 2021, he will be forced to miss at least four matches after being handed a suspension by the AFL, with former teammate and new St Kilda recruit Brad Crouch set to miss two games after the pair were caught in possession of illicit substances last October.

“We strongly condemn this type of behaviour and Brad and Tyson have not acted in a way that reflects our values,” Crows head of football Adam Kelly said in a statement.

“They must work hard to regain the trust of their team mates and coaches, as well as our staff, members and fans.

“All players across the competition receive a great deal of education about drug use and the AFL’s Illicit Drug Policy.”