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Family, not flag, the driving force behind Gibbs homecoming

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Adelaide’s prized recruit Bryce Gibbs says family, not an AFL flag, was the main reason for his defection from Carlton.

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The South Australian-born Gibbs started training with his new Crows teammates this week with a simple aim.

“First and foremost it’s earning the respect of the playing group,” he told reporters today.

“Coming from another club, (it’s) head down, bum up and train hard.

“I have played over 200 games but I’m certainly not entitled to anything at this footy club in terms of a spot in the side.

“I have certainly got to go out and earn that and that is what I’m going to try and do over the summer.”

Gibbs, who played 231 games for Carlton, has moved into a house in the beachside Adelaide suburb where he grew up.

And he said being close to his parents was the prime reason for his move – not winning a premiership with the Crows, who were beaten grand finalists last season.

“When I got the opportunity to come here that (a flag) wasn’t the first thing on my mind… I had some other reasons to ask for a trade, moreso around family,” said Gibbs, who has a young son, Charlie, with partner Lauren.

 

“But I think that (premiership chance) is an added bonus… (Adelaide) have just fallen short of the ultimate goal. 

“But … it’s as hard to win a flag as ever now, the competition is that even.

“From what I have seen over the few days training here already, the boys are pretty hungry to get stuck into it, have another big preseason and take on the 2018 season.”

Adelaide coach Don Pyke has yet to tell the 28-year-old what position he had been earmarked.

“No doubt as the preseason goes on we will sit down with Pykey and work out where he wants me to play,” he said.

“But I’m certainly open to midfield, down back, up forward – wherever they need me, I’m happy to play.”

-AAP

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