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Crows upset as Gibbs AFL trade collapses

AAP logoAAP 20/10/2016 Michael Ramsey

Adelaide have accused Carlton of making unrealistic demands for star Bryce Gibbs after failing to land a trade for the contracted midfielder.

The two sides reached the end of the AFL trade period unable to agree on a deal for the 27-year-old, who wanted to go home so he and his partner could receive family support with their young son.

Adelaide were reported to have offered Carlton their No.13 pick in this year's draft, as well as a future third-round selection, but could not convince the Blues to part with Gibbs.

"He is a quality player and person but, like in all trades, there has to be 'fair value' for both parties," Crows list manager Justin Reid said on Thursday.

"We do not believe that would've been the case if we were to hand over at least two first-round draft picks or a combination of players, who are crucial to our short and long-term success, as was requested."

Gibbs is contracted through to the end of 2019 but Reid signalled that the Crows would sound him out at the end of next season.

"He's a South Australian, he's got a strong intent to come home so we'll review that in 12 months' time," he said.

The failure to land the Gibbs deal means Adelaide have failed to strengthen their midfield after sending onballer Jarryd Lyons to Gold Coast.

Gibbs' manager Nigel Carmody said the Blues' refusal to accept the trade was disappointing.

"We think the deal that Adelaide put forward was more than fair and reasonable, particularly in comparison with some of the other deals that have been done during the trade period," Carmody said.

But Carlton football manager Andrew McKay said he was confident Gibbs would remain committed to playing at his best next year.

"Bryce loves the Carlton football club and he'll play some really good footy for us next year," McKay said.

"We're going to support him to the hilt and get him through this period."

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