Brad Crouch has a big decision on his hands: success or money?

While there was a stern message sent to GWS players after Aidan Corr walked out on the club.

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Round 18
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CORNES’ STRONG WARNING FOR BRAD CROUCH

Port Adelaide Hall of Fame member Kane Cornes believes out of contract Adelaide star Brad Crouch should think about success first and money second.

The Crows midfielder is one of the hottest 2020 free agents with the 26-year-old still yet to publicly announce his intentions for next season and beyond.

Crouch’s manager Gary Winter told the Herald Sun this week that they would sit down following Round 18 go through the various options, with a number of clubs seeking Crouch’s services.

Geelong and Essendon are reportedly among those keen, with Crouch also linked to cross-town rivals Port Adelaide in recent months.

“As we’ve spoken about, he’s leaving the Adelaide Football Club,” Cornes told SEN SA Breakfast.

“We’ve known that, it’s somewhat unfortunate because I still think he is a key piece of Adelaide’s midfield moving forward, but the language coming out of there for two seasons is that he is leaving. It’s not a disaster for Adelaide provided they get the right compensation.

“My only warning to Brad would be – clearly he is all about the money and the length (of the contract) – which is an important factor when you’re deciding your future, but I would be looking at players like Jared Polec who got his five-year deal and got his big money, but it’s been nothing but misery at North Melbourne since and lost his place in the side.

Brad Crouch could play his last game in Adelaide colours in Round 18. Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images.
Brad Crouch could play his last game in Adelaide colours in Round 18. Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images.Source: Getty Images

“Look at tales like Chad Wingard, who has gone to Hawthorn and there hasn’t been much success at Hawthorn for Chad and probably joined that club at the wrong time.

“I still think for Brad, it can’t be all about money, you want to go to a club where you think they have a good culture of strong success.”

Cornes outlined the clubs that he believed would suit Crouch, if he went down the line of success.

“I wouldn’t be going to Carlton, I wouldn’t be going to Essendon. What does his future look like at those clubs? Will he get to experience finals footy again in his career?” Cornes said.

“I’m just reading the words of Gary Winter and reading through the lines here … it’s all about the money and the longevity, but it doesn’t seem they’re taking the culture or the possibilities of the club for success.

“If you’ve got the option of going to Geelong or Essendon, but it’s $200,000 less over a four-year period, you go to Geelong surely.

“I just think there is a touch of immaturity and I’m not sure about the advice that Brad has been given here. From going to Gold Coast last year and saying that he’s $1 million and you’ve got to pay him this.

“He’s not taking into account that you have the best experiences playing footy when you win and at a club with a successful culture.”

Cockatoo off to Lions?

Cockatoo off to Lions?

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BLUNT MESSAGE FOR GWS PLAYERS

Greater Western Sydney players have been given a strong warning after defender Aidan Corr walked out on the club before the club’s season had concluded.

Corr announced his intention to leave the club in the off-season, with the 26-year-old set to join North Melbourne as a restricted free agent.

But according to 7 News, a frank message was given by footy boss Jason McCartney to the players.

“Giants players have been delivered a direct message in the context of Corr leaving,” 7 NEWS Melbourne’s Tom Browne said.

“To paraphrase: if you don’t want to be here, then ship off.

GWS have a plethora of big names out of contract. Photo: Albert Perez/Getty Images.
GWS have a plethora of big names out of contract. Photo: Albert Perez/Getty Images.Source: Getty Images

“(It was) delivered very frankly yesterday in meeting with the playing group.”

The Giants currently have a number of players out of contract at the end of the season, including stars Jeremy Cameron and Zac Williams

Young guns Harry Perryman, Jackson Hately, Jye Caldwell and Xavier O’Halloran have also been linked to moves away from GWS.

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