AFL signed the devious side contract between Brad Crouch and Adelaide...

Seasoned AFL reporter Caroline Wilson revealed that the Crows and Saints had discussed a “side deal” with another player.

It is reported that this deal was designed to bypass the AFL’s complicated compensation system for free agencies and give the Crows a top choice.

Wilson told FIVEaa Radio The Crows and Saints had conversations about how 25-year-old former SANFL player Luke Dunstan was dumped to the Crows, which would have allowed the Saints to upgrade their contract offer to Brad Crouch and receive higher compensation for the Crows.

“Dunstan could go to Adelaide on a sideline that would make Brad Crouch a little more money, which would mean St. Kilda was happy. Adelaide was happy because it was going to overturn the draft pick, ”said Wilson.


Crows Senior Coach Matthew Nicks mit Brad Crouch (Getty)

“This side contract was something that some other clubs got wind of, maybe they mentioned it to the AFL.

“Legal advisor Andrew Dillon oversees all business – he got wind of it… St. Kilda was told this was not going to happen, so don’t even think about it.

“I don’t know who brought up the idea first, but I know both clubs discussed it, and St. Kilda thought this could be a way to free up a bit more space in their salary cap to pay Brad Crouch what would have canceled its worth and the rest is history.

“These deals happened in the past. It is no longer so easy to get them past the AFL. How far it has gone I don’t know, but St. Kilda has been told it won’t happen.

“Adelaide made this week look like a laughing stock for being so strong and firm – it might have looked a little silly, but in the end there was a little more to it than you think.”

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