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Betts annoyed at renewed spotlight on Crows' camp

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Adelaide Crows players are annoyed at their controversial pre-season camp returning to the AFL spotlight, star forward Eddie Betts says.

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Betts said they had moved on despite the camp again creating headlines after the company behind it, Collective Mind, held a media conference earlier this week.

“It was a little bit annoying because we have moved on,” Betts told Adelaide radio station FIVEaa today.

“We haven’t really forgotten about it because the camp is always going to be labelled with the Adelaide Crows.

“No matter whether we try to quash it or push it under the table, I guarantee next year it will pop up somewhere, the Collective Mind.

“It was a bit annoying it came back up but we just didn’t really care to be honest.

“They wanted to come out and tell their events of what happened but we have just moved on and are looking forward to 2019.”

Betts defended the Crows’ culture following another key player wanting out of the club.

Forward Mitch McGovern has told the Crows he wants a trade despite being just one year into his three-year contract.

McGovern’s looming departure adds to a list of players leaving the Crows in recent years for various reasons including Patrick Dangerfield, Kurt Tippett, Phil Davis, Jack Gunston, Jake Lever and Charlie Cameron.

“There is not a cultural problem at the Adelaide footy club,’’ Betts said.

“It’s a great environment, especially for the players … I have always said it’s the best job in the world.

“But it’s probably one of the most demanding jobs in the world because of the pressures of AFL footy, especially on young kids.’”

Betts was uncertain of McGovern’s reasons for requesting a trade.

“I haven’t spoken to him yet and I guess that is for Mitch, his family and management to work out,” he said.

“I think he was a little bit unhappy but that’s what happens when you are injured, you are not playing and we are losing as well – it’s not a fun environment to be in when you are losing.

“It’s very sad to see him request a trade.”

– AAP

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