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Crows fail to land Gibbs


UPDATED: Carlton midfielder Bryce Gibbs’s bid to return to the Adelaide Crows has failed, but Hawthorn have secured Jaegar O’Meara and Brett Deledio will go to Greater Western Sydney.

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Carlton head of football Andrew McKay said the Crows’ offer did not “come up to the level that was required for us to trade [Gibbs]”.

He said the club had been honest with the Crows throughout the process, but they were unable to meet Carlton’s requirements.

“Bryce loves the Carlton Football Club – he has no beef with the Carlton Football Club,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to him playing some really good football.”

Gibbs, 27, has three years remaining on his deal with the Blues but had gone public with his desire to move to his home state.

Gibbs’ manager Nigel Carmody told the media this afternoon Gibbs had to “be a professional about it and move forward”.

Meanwhile, Hawthorn have landed a last-minute trade for Gold Coast gun Jaeger O’Meara, pulling off the biggest deal of the AFL trade period with just minutes to spare.

O’Meara will depart the Suns in exchange for Hawthorn’s No.10 pick in this year’s draft, as well as two second-round selections in next year’s draft.

The Suns now hold picks 4, 6, 8 and 10 in this year’s draft.

Richmond have lost talismanic forward Brett Deledio in the final minutes of the AFL trade window, with Greater Western Sydney swooping to sign the 29-year-old.

Deledio, who requested the trade on Wednesday, arrived at the Giants reportedly in exchange for two picks in the first and third rounds of the 2017 draft.

The Tigers secured Josh Caddy and Dion Prestia earlier in the trade window.

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With the clock ticking on the final day of trades, the Crows have been unable to satisfy the Blues’ demands for the 27-year-old, who still has three years to run on his contract.

The Crows have the No.13 draft pick at their disposal but Carlton list manager Stephen Silvagni on Friday said it would take a lot more than that to seal the deal.

“Nothing’s come across the table that we’re satisfied with,” he said.

“We’re a long way off.”

Meanwhile, Adelaide midfielder Jarryd Lyons has joined the Gold Coast Suns.

According to the AFL, the Crows agreed to trade him for picks 43 and 67 in this year’s NAB AFL Draft, with the Suns also gaining pick 71.

And Greater Western Sydney are confident of landing Richmond veteran Brett Deledio after making a surprise bid for the versatile midfielder.

The Giants on Thursday night confirmed 29-year-old Deledio had nominated them as his preferred destination.

Deledio had originally sought a trade to Geelong but the Cats were unable to secure a deal with the Tigers and ruled themselves out of the race for his services.

Jaeger O’Meara has been traded to the Hawks.

Suns chairman Tony Cochrane angrily rejected the Hawks’ latest offer of picks 10 and 48 for the 22-year-old, who hasn’t played since 2014 after struggling with knee injuries.

But Hawks list manager Graham Wright on Friday said he was optimistic a deal could be done.

“We’re still really hopeful today,” he told reporters.

“We’ve tried to do a couple of things overnight so we’ll speak to them and see where it gets in a couple of hours.”

O’Meara would be forced to nominate for the draft where Essendon hold the first overall pick if a deal cannot be reached.


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