Adelaide recruit Angus Graham doesn’t want to be known as his new AFL club’s insurance policy for Kurt Tippett.
The ex-Richmond ruckman joined the Crows amid the South Australian club’s acrimonious split with Tippett.
Graham managed just one game at Richmond last season, and only 48 for the Tigers since being picked up in the 2005 rookie draft.
But the Crows swooped on Graham mainly as depth cover for Tippett’s forward-ruck position.
Graham says he “stayed out” of the Tippett controversy despite it creating his path to Adelaide.
“This came up pretty quickly, with the Tippett deal and that kind of stuff, and all of a sudden I ended up here,” the 25-year-old told reporters in Adelaide on Monday.
“I wasn’t involved in the whole (Tippett) situation coming across.
“I haven’t really seen it affect anyone at all, we just started and got stuck into pre-season – as players we just worry about getting fit and training and let the administration deal with all that.”
Tippett, expected to be selected by Sydney in Tuesday’s pre-season draft, was suspended 11 games by the AFL commission for illegal dealings with the Crows when signing a contract extension in 2009.
The Crows were fined $300,000 and lost draft picks next year, with their chief executive Steven Trigg banned for six months and football operations manager Phil Harper suspended for two months. Both bans take effect from January 1.
But Graham said his new Crows teammates haven’t dwelled on the Tippett controversy.
“Obviously little bits of talk here and there but not a big issue,” he said.
“The boys have been training hard and that was the whole focus coming in.
“(We) sat down and said lets not worry about Tippett, just put our heads down and worry about what we can worry about and let all the hierarchy deal with that kind of stuff.”