BREAKING: Rory Sloane re-signs with Crows

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    Adelaide superstar Rory Sloane has today rejected overtures from a host of Victorian clubs, reportedly signing a new five-year deal with the Crows that will keep him at the club until 2023 and almost certainly see him retire at West Lakes.

    The Crows have called a press conference for later this morning where it is expected the news will be made official.

    Sloane, a Melbourne native who played for Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup, had long been rumoured to be considering a move home at the end of this season and was looming as one of the biggest free agents available in 2018.

    Collingwood had been listed as a frontrunner for his services, while the shock retirement of Cyril Rioli was also reported to give Hawthorn the salary cap space to chase both him and coveted Gold Coast forward Tom Lynch.

    But those rumours were all put to bed this morning, with the 28-year-old putting pen to paper on a likely lifetime deal with the club that took him at pick 44 in the 2008 draft.

    3AW quoted Sloane as saying he was “super excited” about the future, having taken some time to weigh up options with his partner Belinda.

    “This is a great footy club, and I have said many times before how much I respect and love the place and people,” he added.

    The news is a rare win for Adelaide fans in what has been a terribly disappointing season. The side’s supporters have been tormented recently by several high-profile players leaving the club, citing homesickness.

    In addition to Patrick Dangerfield’s much-publicised move to Geelong a couple of seasons ago, the Crows have seen Jack Gunston (Hawthorn), and Kurt Tippett (Sydney) leave the club in recent years, while Jake Lever (Melbourne) and Charlie Cameron (Brisbane) departed after their grand final loss to Richmond last year.

    Sloane’s new deal means restricted free agents Lynch and West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern are the two highest-profile players left remaining on the market. Lynch is almost certain to leave the Gold Coast at the end of the year, while McGovern has put off contract talks with the Eagles until the end of the season.

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    • July 11th 2018 @ 10:27am
      Slane said | July 11th 2018 @ 10:27am | ! Report

      Great news for the Crows!

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      July 11th 2018 @ 10:27am
      AdelaideDocker said | July 11th 2018 @ 10:27am | ! Report

      I am not surprised by this in the slightest, if I’m honest.

      Good stuff by the Crows.

    • July 11th 2018 @ 10:29am
      Kris said | July 11th 2018 @ 10:29am | ! Report

      As North and Carlton move past plans, A, B and C they are going to be in the need of a new alphabet before too long.

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        July 11th 2018 @ 10:44am
        Col from Brissie said | July 11th 2018 @ 10:44am | ! Report

        I don’t remember reading where Carlton and North were chasing Sloane. As far as I know it was Collingwood and Hawthorn showing the interest but feel free to enlighten me Kris.

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          July 11th 2018 @ 10:49am
          AdelaideDocker said | July 11th 2018 @ 10:49am | ! Report

          I thought it was St Kilda and Collingwood?

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            July 11th 2018 @ 2:00pm
            Peter the Scribe said | July 11th 2018 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

            Player Managers always throw the Pies into every star player to help bump up the $$$$

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      July 11th 2018 @ 10:34am
      Cat said | July 11th 2018 @ 10:34am | ! Report

      Don’t think he was an ideal target for a rebuilding club. He would have cost too must in contract and compensation at 29 years old. Best fit for him was staying with the Crows.

    • July 11th 2018 @ 11:05am
      Rissole said | July 11th 2018 @ 11:05am | ! Report

      Seems a long deal for his age (and current injury struggles). My guess is that the length of the deal was probably the cause of the delay in negotiations. He would be crazy to turn down 5 years at a club in contention at his age.

      Good news for the Crows though. If they can get Sloane, Gibbs, the Crouch brothers and Jacobs all on the park injury free then there will be good times ahead.

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        July 11th 2018 @ 11:13am
        Cat said | July 11th 2018 @ 11:13am | ! Report

        Barring another ill conceived pre-season camp.

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      July 11th 2018 @ 11:09am
      Rick Figjam said | July 11th 2018 @ 11:09am | ! Report

      Great job Crows.

      This is precisely the type of player ‘rebuilding’ clubs need to target. Why pay an 18-year-old $900K pa (a player in a likelihood that will be poached due to their frustration) when you can immediately start building a competitive team.

      Next year you do the same thing instead of playing the free-agency victim card. It amazes me the mentality from some when it comes to ‘rebuilding’.

      Some Carlton fans would not be willing to let go of their number 1 draft pick in the hope they’ll continue building their Mongol Empire that will conquer All in 1000 years time. Conversely, people like me would trade it away to bolster their current list; sacrificing an uncertain future, while gaining some level of immediate competitiveness.

      The latter will have far greater positive effects than the former going forward.

      • July 11th 2018 @ 11:20am
        Rissole said | July 11th 2018 @ 11:20am | ! Report

        Agreed. As long as you are competitive you remain in contention. All you need is a little bit of luck, surprise improvement in a few players or hit an extreme purple patch at the right time and you can go all the way (see Bulldogs 2016). Rebuilding at the bottom of the ladder robs you of these opportunities.

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        July 11th 2018 @ 11:31am
        Col from Brissie said | July 11th 2018 @ 11:31am | ! Report

        “Some Carlton fans would not be willing to let go of their number 1 pick” – I am sure their are some of the many thousands might feel that way Rick but there are also plenty that would be happy if the Club did a deal that benefited them.

        One of the problems though is clubs can’t make players go to another club if they don’t want to. I would be interested in hearing who you believe the club should be trading for and how they convince that player to agree.

        For me if the right deals can be made for the right player/s or trade picks, I’m all for it.

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          July 11th 2018 @ 12:33pm
          Rick Figjam said | July 11th 2018 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

          What PtS just said. Carlton needs some outside polish. Their inside players are quite good, which would complement such talent immediately.

          They have no forward line. Target Lynch with the #1 draft pick as compensation.

          Look to the VFL and discarded AFL players that don’t fit other clubs structures. Carlton could turnover at least 4-8 starting 22 players in their first year alone.

          Rinse and repeat over the next 2-3 years, and you’ll have a team not only potentially playing finals next year, but one that could win it.

          Done are the days of stockpiling talent in the hope of obliterating everyone in 5 years —whilst currently playing like horse$#@T to boot! — like GWS thought they would.

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