Scott Thompson of the Crows takes a kick as Troy Cook of the Dockers applies a tackle during the round 14 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Fremantle Dockers at AAMI Stadium July 3, 2005 in Adelaide, Australia.
Adelaide midfield great Scott Thompson spent four years in Melbourne before moving back to South Australia.
Injuries and inexperience netted the future 300-gamer just 39 games in his time at the Demons, but Adelaide still needed to give up Pick No.12 in the 2004 National Draft.
In hindsight, the deal was a steal for the Crows as Thompson went on to play 269 games for the Club.
Former Adelaide football operations boss John Reid told AFC Media that the deal was built off of Thompson’s desire to come home.
“He’d done OK in Melbourne but hadn’t really had a breakout season,” Reid said.
“Melbourne had Scotty’s welfare in mind, he definitely wanted to come home.
“There wasn’t the movement then that there is now, so we (managers) would take into consideration a player’s request that they genuinely wanted to go home.”
— Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) February 12, 2016
Adelaide had acquired Pick 12 from West Coast after wingman Tyson Stenglein requested a move back to Western Australia.
It was a similar situation to Thompson and Stenglein went on to win a Premiership with the Eagles in 2006.
And although disappointed to see Stenglein leave, the Crows ultimately landed a future two-time Club Champion.
“You’d have to say it turned out to be a good trade for what we got from Scotty,” Reid said.
“It was a pretty straight deal… whether they had some question marks over him (following injuries), that probably made the whole thing a bit easier.
“Like I said, he hadn’t had a breakout season with Melbourne. That happened when he got to the Crows.”
— Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) September 22, 2014
Thompson finished his career in 2017 with 308 games, was a two-time Crows Club Champion and earned All Australian selection in 2012.
He also finished third in the Brownlow that year, ending his career with more Brownlow votes (152 at the Club, 155 total) than any other Crow – the second most being Mark Ricciuto (146 votes).
Thompson is the leading possession-getter (6,752), clearance-winner (1,338) and tackler (1,313) in Adelaide’s history. The prolific ball winner amassed a Club and personal best 51 disposals against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium in Round 22, 2011.