Tippett can’t hide from media scrutiny in Sydney
Malthouse says Tippett vital for Crows (Images: AFL)
Despite the slow progress of negotiations between Adelaide and Sydney, Kurt Tippett will eventually become a Swans player.
Last week, the 25-year-old Tippett told the Crows he will not accept a five-year offer to stay in Adelaide, instead asking to be traded interstate.
Speculation mounted throughout the season that Tippett would leave West Lakes and return to his native state of Queensland, either through the Brisbane Lions or the Gold Coast Suns.
A late play by Sydney’s Director of Football, Andrew Ireland, and coach, John Longmire, lured Tippett to the Swans, with the incentive of a lucrative contract, coupled with the opportunity to be part of the much publicised “bloods culture”, getting him over the line.
Tippett’s decision to leave was fuelled by his desire for a change of lifestyle and the constant media scrutiny of South Australia.
Tippett will accept a four-year deal with Sydney, speculated to be worth $1 million a season.
If true, Tippett is set to become one of the AFL’s highest paid players. Not to mention, potentially one of the AFL’s most overpaid players.
One million dollars a year for an inconsistent player who averages less than two goals per game, and who could potentially be one concussion away from the end of his career.
Tippett said that he wanted to escape the constant scrutiny and examination of the media, opting instead to hide in the rugby league capital where Aussie Rules is merely an afterthought.
Unfortunately for the Queenslander, the spotlight of the Aussie Rules media will be searing, watching his every mark, kick and handpass, waiting to pounce on an underperforming millionaire.
GWS recruit Israel Folau has proven that nobody is safe from media scrutiny – not even when they’re tucked away in Paramatta.
Tippett will face a gruelling examination from the public. If he does not produce immediately, the media will strike with a vengeance. He may well wish he was back in Adelaide.
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