After much toing and froing Swan Dawson lands in Adelaide
Sydney has finalised the Jordan Dawson AFL trade through gritted teeth, saying the deal with Adelaide doesn’t reflect the player’s true value.
But given the Crows had threatened to use the preseason draft to secure the utility, the Swans were left with little choice.
Adelaide gave up a future firstround draft pick, tied to Melbourne, to secure the services of Dawson.
The Swans are unhappy to lose the 24-year-old, with football manager Charlie Gardiner saying they rated him as highly as any player mentioned during the trade period.
‘‘We worked extremely hard to reach a fair outcome in regard to Jordan, despite challenging circumstances,’’ Gardiner said in a club statement.
‘‘Ultimately, we have settled on a deal that we don’t think quite reflects Jordan’s true value but is one that, after extensive negotiations, we don’t believe we could improve upon.
‘‘After strong consideration, we believed it to be in the best interests of the club to accept the deal available and move forward.’’
Dawson, who played 64 games for the Swans, wanted to return to South Australia for family reasons.
He enjoyed a career-best season this year to finish third in the Swans’ best-and-fairest.
The Swans offered him a fiveyear deal to remain in the harbour city, but Dawson was set on playing for the club he supported growing up.
Crows list manager Justin Reid said Dawson was a classy leftfooter with leadership potential.
‘‘He is one of the most promising young players in the competition who is entering the prime of his football career,’’ Reid said in a statement.
The good news for Sydney is that the deal will give it two first-round picks in next year’s national draft.
Meanwhile, Bobby Hill, Peter Ladhams and Jordan Clark were among players waiting nervously by the phone as the AFL trade period deadline loomed.
Several moves were in the balance before yesterday’s 7.30pm deadline.