Crows still hope to land Dangerfield
ADELAIDE are adamant they will not give Patrick Dangerfield overs to retain him at any cost, believing his upcoming decision is not based on money
The Crows are firmly of the belief they cannot win Dangerfield’s heart through a deal of $1 million a year or more, knowing if he stays it will be for team success.
It means he will be offered a deal at Adelaide close to Geelong’s offer of around $800,000 a season for a deal of five or more years.
They know they have four months to prove to Dangerfield the lure of future premiership success overwhelms the desire of him and his partner to return to their families in the Geelong region.
Dangerfield this week gave little comfort to nervous Crows fans, saying his contract was “not something I’ve really thought about”.
The club’s desperation to keep the restricted free agent was reinforced by his masterful 38-possession, 29-contested possession matchup against Fremantle’s Nathan Fyfe.
It means rivals including Collingwood seem little chance to trump a Geelong offer with deals of $1.2 million a year.
Adelaide champion Mark Bickley, who captained the Crows for 102 games, said yesterday he did not believe Dangerfield had made up his mind.
“It is being here with his mates and a club that has looked after him or going home to play for a team which is closer to home and on a similar trajectory,’’ he said.
“I still don’t believe he has truly decided. Those who say he has gone already, I think that’s rubbish.
“He loves Phil Walsh, he is happy with the changes the club has made and last night he was unbelievable.”