Adelaide captain Taylor Walker has spoken about his disappointment regarding the news that young forward Mitch McGovern wants to leave the club.
The Crows confirmed McGovern had requested a trade on Tuesday, and said they would work with him to help facilitate a trade that’s suitable for both parties.
Walker spoke to Triple M’s Roo and Ditts on Wednesday morning, and told the pair he had a strong relationship with McGovern, and would try to get to the bottom of his decision to leave.
“I actually haven’t spoken to him in depth about it, which I will,” Walker said.
“I have a great relationship with ‘Gov’ — his journey so far has been pretty impressive, a boy from Perth who just wants to play footy. But for Mitch it’s pretty plain and simple he just feels that the Adelaide Football club is not the right fit for him — he just doesn’t want to be at our footy club.
“He has made a decision that he wants to go elsewhere and further his career there.
“I don’t know (what has changed). I’m sure he has had his challenges this year but I’d like to find out.
“I’ve got to have a conversation with him. It’s disappointing if we lose a quality player and person in Gov.”
Despite McGovern’s plans to leave the Crows, Walker is still holding out hope that he may stay at West Lakes, suggesting it’s up to the club to find a trade they’ll be happy with.
“A deal still needs to be done. I’m sure he has a preferred club that he would like to go to but in the end it is a decision that the club and his management need to come to an agreement,” Walker added.
“I understand that Adelaide and South Australia is (a) hard (place) to get people here.
“(But) Rory Sloane (has re-signed) … Tom Lynch has come from Melbourne. We got Sam Jacobs back home … Eddie Betts has come to Adelaide. But we forever live in the space of who has left our footy club.
“We have got a lot of pretty good people committing to our footy club and staying.”