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Mitch McGovern is a different deal to Bryce Gibbs

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1st October, 2018
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Mitch McGovern’s manager Colin Young has officially announced that his client Mitch McGovern has chosen the Carlton Football Club as his destination in this upcoming trade period.

Adelaide supporters are already crying out for pick 1, some are crying out for us to turn pick 24 and 25 into a pick inside the first round.

McGovern is not worth a first round pick, he is worth a second round and a player at best only. Most likely Carlton will sign Sturt forward Shane McAdams, and send him to Adelaide along with pick 24 or 25 to Adelaide for McGovern so that he can complete his move over to the Blues.

Crows fans believe McGovern is in the same situation as Bryce Gibbs, but there is a difference. While Gibbs wanted to move home to South Australia, he had no complaints about Carlton and was willing to play on there when he didn’t get his wish.

McGovern flat out wants to leave South Australia, and make Carlton his home. So take pick 1 out of the equation, take the chance of converting pick 24 and 25 into a late first round pick – McGovern is worth less than what the Crows and their supporters believe he is worth.

If Adelaide fail to facilitate this trade, McGovern could be a similar case to that of former GWS forward Cam McCarthy who re-signed a new deal before opting to ask the Giants for a trade back to Western Australia in 2015, only to have GWS refuse.

McCarthy then graciously decided to sit out of the 2016 season, heading home to play local footy in Western Australia before the Giants finally facilitated a trade with Fremantle, and McCarthy got his wish.

Adelaide have already had a season to forget, with captain Taylor Walker targeting and telling former Crows turn Demons defender Jake Lever to stay home last year from the best and fairest, to the pre-season camp from hell and the lacklustre season which saw Adelaide go from Grand Finalists in 2017 to not even making the finals in 2018.

The last thing Adelaide need is to keep McGovern on their list and then become a McCarthy situation – Adelaide should let McGovern and whoever else wants to leave go from the Crows to start fresh at a new club.


This will be one of the most talked about trades until it is done along with what should be a massive trade period ahead over the next few weeks.